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Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Jun 15, 2014, 8:58 AM EDT

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Danny Duffy struck out nine batters over seven scoreless innings and the Kansas City offense rattled off nine runs on 16 hits Saturday in a 9-1 victory against the host White Sox. It was the sixth consecutive win for the Royals, who are now 9-3 in June and just a game-and-a-half back of the Tigers for first place in the American League Central.

Duffy, a 25-year-old former top prospect, opened the 2014 season with a 4.75 career ERA and 1.57 career WHIP in 157 1/3 major league innings. He boasts a 2.83 ERA and 1.11 WHIP in 54 frames this year.

The Royals will wrap up their three-game series in Chicago on Sunday afternoon and then head to Detroit for a massively-important four-game set.

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday:

Royals 9, White Sox 1

Cubs 4, Phillies 7

Blue Jays 2, Orioles 3

Indians 3, Red Sox 2

Rockies 5, Giants 4

Twins 9, Tigers 12

Rays 3, Astros 7

Padres 5, Mets 0

Pirates 8, Marlins 6

Reds 2, Brewers 4

Nationals 1, Cardinals 4

Angels 11, Braves 6

Yankees 1, Athletics 5

Rangers 4, Mariners 3

Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 6

  1. unclemosesgreen - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    At one point last night during last night’s Yankees game, Derek Jeter went left for a routine ground ball and instead of helplessly watching it skip under his glove he made a play that every shortstop should make. He also went 0-4 while only seeing 9 pitches. INCREDIBLE!

    • uyf1950 - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:10 AM

      I guess that is worse than Pierzynski’s 0-4 night with 2 K’s on 14 pitches and committing the error that was in all likelihood was the difference in the game.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:19 AM

        A.J.’s night was worser than Jeet’s. in my opinion

  2. buffalo65 - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Jays have lost 6 of 9 but still nicely in first. Why it’s called a cushion. Time to right the ship is now.

    • nbjays - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:51 AM

      Time to abandon the Juan-Francisco-at-third-base experiment now that he’s forgotten how to hit. It’s fine to be a bit of a defensive liability if you can hit, or an offensive liability if you can make up for it with the glove, but since Francisco can’t field OR hit right now, time to put Lawrie back at third and leave Tolleson at second.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        Francisco might DH today if Lind can’t play.

      • nbjays - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:52 PM

        Or better still, Navarro is the DH and goes 3-for-4. Works for me.

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 16, 2014 at 6:10 AM

        You are right. That did work extremely well. Francisco will probably play a bit in NY. That short right field fence is very inviting.

  3. johnnysoda - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:05 AM

    And That Happened: Saturday Edition

    Phillies 7, Cubs 4- Jimmy Rollins had a great day for himself, becoming the all-time Phillies hit leader with a single in the fifth. Hours after the game ended, it was announced he was, all of a sudden, open for a trade. I, for one, am stunned. Stunned!

    Rockies 5, Giants 4- If Giants thought it couldn’t get any worse after last night’s meltdown, they thought wrong. Sergio Romo got the first two outs of the ninth, then gave up a single and a freakin’ inside-the-park home run to lose the lead. That’s what one would call “really, really, painful”.

    Tigers 12, Twins 9- The Tigers pitching got very lazy when staked to an 11-1 lead, giving up eight in the last three innings. I know it doesn’t really matter, because Detroit was so far ahead the lead was virtually impenetrable, but it’s not promising to see the bullpen be that bad. In happier news, Eugenio Suarez, batting out of the nine spot, had a home run and a double.

    Pirates 8, Marlins 6- Just like Friday, the Pirates gave up four runs in the ninth inning. Unlike Friday, however, they scored enough runs that it didn’t matter. Jordy Mercer and Andrew McCutchen both homered, while Marcello Ozuna had both a triple and a homer for the Marlins. Those were the only hits he got in the game. It’s a strange world.

    Indians 3, Red Sox 2- Carlos Santana drove in the eventual winning run on a walk in the seventh, which is not fun. Boston is six games under .500, which is even less fun for Red Sox fans.

    Orioles 3, Red Sox 2- Chris Davis’ home run in the fifth off R.A. Dickey was the difference for the Orangebirds. That’s not as catchy as the Redbirds, is it? Guess I gotta find a new nickname for these guys.

    Astros 7, Rays 3- I feel like, with the newly hot Astros beating the newly crap Rays, they have officially passed the baton of worst team in baseball over to Tampa. They should’ve had some kind of ceremony after the game in honor of that.

    Royals 9, White Sox 1- Paul Konerko spoiled the shutout with a home run to lead off the bottom of the ninth, but the Royals recovered from this shocking blow and held on to win. Kansas City hit two home runs in this one- don’t see that every day.

    Padres 5, Mets 0- Jesse Hahn channeled his former high school teammate Matt Harvey to pitch a dominating game (6 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 7 K). He also had his first big league hit. He’s doin’ it all.

    Brewers 4, Reds 2- A lot of lead changes late in this one: the Brewers rallied for two in the bottom of the seventh, lost the lead on a Billy Hamilton homer in the top of the eighth, and got it back with a Ryan Braun shot in the bottom half. Will Smith earned the win here, despite seeing his ERA rocket all the way up to 1.14.

    Cardinals 4, Nationals 1- It was close until the bottom of the seventh, when Matt Adams hit a home run that put the Cardinals ahead for good. Drew Storen gave up two more runs to really bury the Nationals. He’s done that against the Cardinals before.

    Athletics 5, Yankees 1- Yet another problem occurred at the Oakland Coliseum, as there was a 38 minute delay when a bank of lights in left field stopped working. It just gets better and better all the time over there. Better news for Oakland fans is that Scott Kazmir threw six great innings to snap the Yankees’ winning streak.

    Angels 11, Braves 6- After blowing leads in both the ninth and tenth, the Angels removed all doubt about who was going to win this one with five runs in the thirteenth. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols had four RBI apiece. Justin Upton went 0-7 for Atlanta, which sucks. He also would’ve won the game but for a great catch by Kole Calhoun in the tenth, which really sucks.

    Dodgers 6, Diamondbacks 4- The Diamondbacks are starting to play like themselves again, having lost four straight games. Dan Haren didn’t just help his own cause, he practically won his own game, driving in three runs in the fourth that proved to be the difference.

    Rangers 4, Mariners 3- Fernando Rodney gets the loss for the second day in a row as the Rangers win it in the ninth for the second day in a row. Five straight losses for the Mariners now, all of them at home.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:07 AM

      Those big bullies in the AL East really ganged up on the Sawks last night.

      Another excellent all around effort Johnny, thanks. BTW – you make a lot fewer typos than Craig, he just gets corrections tweeted and emailed to him.

      • jimeejohnson - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:20 AM

        Excellent, as always. Mr. Soda: you’re the mahn!

      • proudlycanadian - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:51 AM

        Did you notice Johnny’s typo. He had the Sox losing twice to 2 teams.

      • johnnysoda - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:52 AM

        Good catch, PC. Second typo in two days: not good.

        Why don’t these comments have an edit function?

      • nbjays - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        I believe the 2014 Red Sox could easily do that.

    • ptfu - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:21 AM

      Scott Kazmir was lights-out! :-)

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:24 AM

        Well-played

      • nbjays - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:57 AM

        And the Yankees offense had a power outage as well.

    • Shayna - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      Nice work, Mr. Soda. But I do think that the Bosox didn’t deserve to be beaten twice — once by the Indians and once by the Orioles. One of those 3-2 scores belongs to my unfortunate Blue Jays who were dispatched by the O-birds. Can’t anything be done about Juan Francisco’s fielding? Sigh.

      Still, after all, Scarlett, tomorrow is another game.

      • renaado - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:27 AM

        “Can’t anything be done about Juan Francisco’s fielding?”

        Hitting too… he’s really strugglin in this month of June.

    • renaado - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:22 AM

      After a 4 run rally in the 9th with the Braves turning it around I thought they’d win it…

      Then I realize this is Baseball I’m watchin… What a turn of events…

    • thetoolsofignorance - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      I suggested the ditching of Haren earlier this season and he continues to make me feel like a gonad over it. Dodger blue again and a Giants loss too. When Puig finds his bat again we’ll be a lot happier here in the 902etc but since Dee Gordan hit a homer I’m prepared to be patient.

    • moogro - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:32 PM

      What was painful was the game for Angel Pagan. Early in the game he makes a great catch towards left, then blows the game with a bad positioning and route towards right that allows the 2 run inside the park homer. Then in the bottom half gets wrongly called out at first (even with replay) for the game ending double play. Ouch.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:40 PM

      Suarez also had a triple and a walk.

  4. uyf1950 - Jun 15, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    You win one which the Yankees did on Friday against the A’s, You lose one which the Yankees did on Saturday against the A’s. What it will be on Sunday against the A’s? We’ll find out in about 11 hours.

    The Yankees are currently 4-1 on this mini west Coast trip. If they can go 5-1 with a win this afternoon that would be a very successful trip even 4-2 isn’t bad.in my opinion.

    • APBA Guy - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:23 PM

      Any road trip where you come home 4-2 is a definite success.

      Was it Ryan or was it Kuroda yesterday? The two seemed not quite on the same page with the resulting passed balls/wild pitches mainly being charged to Kuroda.

      I don’t think those runs would have changed the outcome, what with Kazmir doing so well, but the two seemed out of sync.

      • moogro - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        I would say Ryan because he looked set up for them, just missed ‘em.

  5. Eutaw's Finest - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    First and foremost: Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there. Keep doing what you’re doing.

    Now down to the yardbirds (Johnny try that over orangebirds!). Another solid outing by Bud Norris. He’s now given up just 1 run in his last 15+ IP. Not too shabby for a #5 in the rotation. Let’s go for the series win today!

    • proudlycanadian - Jun 15, 2014 at 8:06 PM

      Close but no cigar. Great crowds this weekend. Happ continues to surprise me. He did not walk anyone. The Jays won despite not hitting any home runs. On Tuesday, the Jays start a 3 game series against the Evil Empire and their star rookie pitcher. The Jays will counter Tanaka with a rookie pitcher from Long Island who is known as Mighty Mouse.

  6. happytwinsfan - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:15 AM

    We tend to think of games as this starter versus that starter. Today’s Twins – Tigers game will be the battle of the Rickys. We tend to forget that the last three innings, in which the game is usually decided, is a battle of the bullpens, whose identity does not change from game to game. The current Tiger bullpen identity is that it needs a 10 run lead going into the last three innings to be confident of victory.

    With that bullpen the Tigers are running on three paws. I know that I wouldn’t increase a payroll cost that I was responsible for by about 8 million bucks (the Morales signing) for the sake of a moral victory. Come on Twins, surprise everyone with one more splash. Bring May or Meyer if not both up here about a month earlier than expected. Don’t think wild card, think division title.

    • happytwinsfan - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      I forgot. When the score hit 11 -1 I escaped to here. To all fans whose team lost yesterday.

      • happytwinsfan - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:40 AM

        Sorry, the link’s screwed up. If you get the Stones and Lisa Fisher doing Gimme Shelter you got what I intended.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        Funny, I just kind of assumed you’d sit and listen to “It Was a Very Good Year” in the dark.

  7. Old Gator - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    The Feesh got their third execrable start in a row, this time from Randy Wolf who, as experiments go, is looking more and more like a case of cold fusion. And to top it orf, Kevin Slowey came out and disgorged three more runs in what was supposed to be a long relief stint – and was long in the sense of fan endurance only. The Feesh are now sputtering a mere game north of the strange attractor, but their peetching is coming apart in ways that make those gossamer reality waves look thick as the halyards and sheepshanks on the Pequod. It wasn’t so much the eight runs they gave up as the eighteen hits. Eighteen. Three more and you run out of fingers and toes. I guess things went badly enough for Ahab and crew that they didn’t need to run afoul of pirates as well as intensely pissed off cetaceans, but the Feesh haven’t been so lucky. Today, they send Henderson Alvarez and his (one hopes) reconstituted elbow out to play Fedallah in an effort to keep the worn out boolpen from being harpooned again themselves, spouting black blood and rolling over altogether.

    • Old Gator - Jun 15, 2014 at 10:54 AM

      PS Marcell Ozuna now has twelve home runs and 42 RBI to go with his .271 average, slugging .426 with an OPS of .785. That’s usually batting sixth or seventh. It’s time to end the pleasant fable of Casey McGehee, the number two hitter the Feesh have been batting cleanup, where his 40 ribbies look nice but he’s got exactly one home run, slugging .380 with a .739 OPS. Meanwhile the Iron Giant is leading the league in intentional walks and swinging frustratedly at the lousy peetches low and away of which he’s being fed a steady diet because nobody is the least bit worried about McGehee. Maybe they should be, a little. But they’re not. Ozuna should be batting cleanup and making opposing peetchers think twice about free-passing the Iron Giant and McGehee should be moving the leadoff hitter along and being on base for the Giant and Ozuna. The big guy’s production has slowed from its sizzling first third levels as managers around the league have figured out that in their current configuration the Feesh will be hard pressed to beat them if they take the bat out of his hands.

    • unclemosesgreen - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      On the bright side of your boolpen difficulties – you may get a chance to see a position player pitch. That is a fitting treat and just recompense to all of the insults that your eyes have taken whilst watching the abysmal spectacle of pitchers trying to hit.

      • Old Gator - Jun 15, 2014 at 5:39 PM

        Considering that most Feesh starters haven’t lasted long enough to come to bat lately, all I’ve seen are position players pinch hitting for them. Booooo-rrrrrringggg.

  8. doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    NoNot only did the royals hit home runs last night, they were by Billy Butler and Mike Moustakas.

    This has to be a sign of the coming apocalypse.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 15, 2014 at 11:42 AM

      Honey, skinny pants were the sign of the end times.

      Why are you surprised by a Butler homer?

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:03 PM

        Because, with the one he hit last night, that gives him a grand total of 2 homers for the season.

        alex gordon leads the royals with 7. just a sidenote

      • historiophiliac - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:08 PM

        Isn’t that unusual for him? (Butler)

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Oh yeah. I mean, he’s never been a giant home run guy, outside of 2012 where he randomly exploded for 29, but outside his rookie season he’s always managed to at least hit double digits

        this year he’s batting .261 with 2 homers and 28 rbi’s. so a bit of a disappointing season for butler thus far

      • historiophiliac - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:19 PM

        It’s June. Try more gravy.

      • doctorofsmuganomics - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:22 PM

        http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-ZBBFAUsmZxw/UbUCxAAqSDI/AAAAAAAAJ7s/5t0yqtvE92E/s1600/butler-bbq.jpg

      • historiophiliac - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        But, of course.

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:57 PM

        Something about the way you phrased that makes me want to inform you that there is a “DeadMargeSchott” twitter account.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:18 PM

        There’s actually more than one, and I know this because I tried to do one. They are wasting the opportunity. :(

      • unclemosesgreen - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:38 PM

        And all they did was c@&! block you. Jerks.

      • historiophiliac - Jun 15, 2014 at 1:39 PM

        I know right. If you aren’t going to use it, let it go.

  9. goawaydog - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:02 PM

    Hunter Pence ends the homer drought, still probably could have used the guy from the stands who caught the fly ball with his kid in his arms playing defense for the Giants in the 9th. He wouldn’t have let that ball get by. The June swoon seems to have arrived.

  10. goawaydog - Jun 15, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    Hunter Pence ends the homer drought. We could have used that Dad who caught the fly ball with his kid in his arms on defense inthe 9th. He would not have let that ball get by him. Starting to feel the Giants are falling into full June Swoon.

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