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MLB Scores and More: Jason Heyward returns; Matt Harvey keeps winning; Andy Pettitte and Brett Anderson hit the DL


Friday’s scores

Mets 3, Cubs 2: Matt Harvey started off shaky, allowing two runs on three straight hits in the first, but the Met’s ace settled down and gave his team 7 1/3 innings with just five hits and no walks allowed while strikeout seven. He also drove in the winning run with an RBI single in the seventh. David Wright and Daniel Murphy both contributed solo home runs.

Phillies 5, Reds 3: Cliff Lee also helped his team on both sides of the ball, doubling and scoring two runs while going seven innings and allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out seven. Cincinnati got home runs from Jay Bruce and Joey Votto to work back to a tie but a Brandon Phillips error paved the way to a three run eighth for the Phillies.

Pirates 5, Astros 4: Astros right fielder Jimmy Paredes collided with second baseman Jake Elmore to turn a routine fly ball into a walk-off win for the Pirates. The Buc’s bullpen gave them 4 1/3 innings of scoreless relief after Jeanmar Gomez’s early exit. \

Indians 6, Mariners 3 (10 innings): Jason Kipnis hit a three run shot with two out in the tenth to give the Indians the walk-off win. Ublado Jimenez went five innings allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks with nine strike outs. Kendry Morales and Raul Ibanez both homered for Seattle.

Rays 12, Orioles 10: The Rays got a little production from everyone in their lineup and a lot from Kelly Johnson, who went 3-5 with a three run home run, four RBIs and two runs scored. The Orioles scored six runs in the eighth inning to climb back within striking distance of the Rays but it was not enough as Joel Peralta came in to close the door with a four-out save.

Yankees 5, Blue Jays 0: Hiroki Kuroda dominated the Blue Jays over eight innings, allowing just two hits and one walk and striking out five. Jayson Nix drove in two and Austin Romine, Robinson Cano and Brett Gardner all plated runs to help the Yankees coast by the Jays.

Diamondbacks 9, Marlins 2: Trevor Cahill pitched eight innings allowing just two runs on five hits and four walks and Paul Goldschmidt was a one-man wrecking crew for the Diamondbacks in this win over Miami. The Arizona first baseman hit two home runs, scored and drove in four, going 4-5 and racking up eleven total bases at the heart of the Diamondbacks offense. Eric Chavez also went deep with a solo shot in the first inning, going back to back with Goldschmidt.

Braves 8, Dodgers 5: Justin Upton’s moon-shot grand slam gave the Braves a 6-4 lead in the sixth and that proved to be enough. Jayson Heyward went 2-4 with an RBI and two runs scored in his return from the DL. Paul Maholm got the win with six innings and four runs allowed on eight hits. The Dodgers bullpen allowed six runs in three innings of work after Hyun-Jin Ryu was pulled for a pinch hitter in the sixth.

Tigers 2, Ranger 1: Rick Porcello and the Tigers’ bullpen managed to shut down Texas, holding the Rangers to just one run, which came on a Geovany Soto homer in the fifth. Miguel Cabrera went 3-4 with a walk, drove in one run and scored a run, accounting for all the offense Detroit managed against Nick Tepesch and the Rangers’ pen.

Red Sox 3, Twins 2 (10 innings): Clay Buchholz was excellent once again for Boston, going seven innings and allowing two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out nine, but the Twins got six strong innings from Vance Worley and both bullpens held on through nine. The Red Sox turned to small-ball in extra innings, stringing together a single, a walk and a sacrifice bunt to set up Jonny Gomes game-winning sacrifice fly in the 10th.

Cardinals 7, Brewers 6: David Freeze hit a grand slam to cap off a five-run first inning for the Cards, but Milwaukee fought back. Aramis Ramirez hit a three run home run in the fourth and then another in the sixth to bring the Brewers within one run. The Cardinals relievers held the Brewers to just two hits over 3 2/3 innings to give a shaky Jaime Garcia the win.

Rockies 10, Giants 9: The Giants got off to an early lead but gave it back just as quickly in this slugfest. Jordan Pacheco and Carlos Gonzalez lead Rockies offense. Gonzalez drove in two runs and scored another to tie the game at four in the third and Pacheco helped them pull way with his fifth inning grand slam. Gonzalez sixth inning solo shot proved to be the difference as the Giants fought back with three runs in the seventh and one in the eighth. Buster Posey homered, drove in two and scored two and Pablo Sandoval went 3-5 with two RBIs to lead the Giants rally.

White Sox 3, Angels 0: Chris Sale did need anything more than the solo shot Alex Rios gave him in the first to win this one. The White Sox ace shutout the Angels for 7 2/3 innings allowing three hits and two walks while striking out twelve. Conor Gillaspie added an insurance run with an RBI single in the seventh and Adam Dunn went deep in the ninth as the White Sox cruised to their fourth straight win.

Athletics 2, Royals 1: Jarrod Parker and James Shields met up in an epic pitcher’s duel in Oakland . Shields took the loss with an eight-inning two-run effort, allowing just six hits and one walk and striking out nine. Josh Donaldson tied the game with a solo shot off of Shields in the seventh and Adam Rosales hit another solo homer in the eight to give the A’s the win. Parker went seven innings allowing one run on four hits and two walks with five strike outs. Shields drops to 2-4 on the season despite an ERA of just 2.45 and an MLB-best 66 innings pitched.

Nationals 6, Padres 5 (10 innings): Rafael Soriano blew a two run lead in the ninth but Chad Tracy bailed him out with a pinch-hit homer in the top of the tenth and Drew Storen closed it out in the tenth. Adam LaRoche and Ryan Zimmerman homered for Washington and Jedd Gyorko went deep for the Padres.


The Big Three

The Yankees placed Andy Pettite on the DL with a strained left trapezius muscle after the veteran lefty exited his last start against the Mariners in pain. Pettite is 4-3 over 49 1/3 innings with a 3.83 ERA for the Yankees this season at 41 years old. The Yankees are 26-16 and in place in the AL East despite missing Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter, thanks in large part to unexpected performances from players like Vernon Wells, Lyle Overbay, Travis Hafner and the middle-aged Pettite, lending credence to the theory that the Yankees are, in fact, magical.

One player people expect to be great for the Yankees is Robinson Cano. Cano has lived up to those expectations so far this season, batting .291/.333/.529 and playing excellent defense at second base. He is also about to become a free agent. The Yankees want to stop that from happening with a long term extension and talks are still ongoing. Owner Hal Steinbrenner hopes the two sides will reach a deal in "the weeks to come, " which is an extraordinarily specific time line to place on such complex dealings. Yankees fans should worry too much though, if recent events are any indication, they could always just platoon the ghost of Joe Gordon with the first player they see on waiver and get 25 home runs, 100 RBIs and a .340 OBP.

Brett Anderson is DL-bound and will miss several months of the season. Additionally, bacon-double cheeseburgers are bad for you, leasing a sports car is not a great way to invest and water tends toward being wet. Anderson has a fairly effective starter over his career, with an ERA that is 9% better than league average and a FIP that is 14% above average. However, he has never been much for durability. He has topped 100 innings just twice since reaching the majors in 2009 and amassed just 157 1/3 innings in the last three seasons. He has struggled this season, with a 6.21 ERA over 29 innings.