— Rangers 16, Mariners 6— Texas has scored 10+ runs in 15 games this season; no one else has done it more than eight times. Detroit hasn’t done it once yet.
— Astros 9, Angels 6— Alex Bregman is just third player since 1974 to hit a grand slam in a game where he also walked four times.
— Rays 5-4, Red Sox 8-2— AL East rivals split a twinbill; Boston scored six runs in 6th inning of the opener. Rays earned a split, scoring twice in the 9th inning. Tampa Bay leads the AL East by four games over Baltimore.
— Pirates 4, Cardinals 3
Commor Joe’s 6th inning double but the Pirates ahead for good.
Willson Contreras is 2-31 the last two weeks, but he homered in this game.
— Brewers 10, Reds 8— Milwaukee scored all their runs in the first four innings.
— Padres 6, Cubs 0— Yu Darvish tossed seven shutout innings.
— Rockies 6, Royals 4— Kansas City is now 8-23 at home, losing series to the A’s/Rockies.
— Blue Jays 2, Mets 1— The $375M Mets are 30-29; they scored one run the last two games.
Mets inducted four people into their Hall of Fame Saturday:
Al Leiter, Howard Johnson…….plus TV voice Gary Cohen, radio voice Howie Rose.
— New York 6, Los Angeles 3— Aaron Judge hit another home run, then made a terrific catch in rightfield, where he crashed into the bullpen door and damn near broke it.
— College sports is getting worse than baseball, as far the rich stealing from the poor; Ole Miss poached a WR this week from Texas-San Antonio- he caught 94 passes for 1,136 yards and 15 TD’s last year. Of course, that was in Conference USA and now he is in the SEC. We’ll see how that works out.
— Buffalo Bills signed DT Ed Oliver to a four-year, $68M contract.
— Vegas 5, Florida 2
Golden Knights outscored Florida 3-0 in third period.
Panthers scored a short-handed goal early in the game.
This is only third time since 2000 that the Stanley Cup final is between two teams that have never won the Stanley Cup.
— NHL will have two outdoor games at Giants Stadium next February:
February 17: Flyers-Devils. February 18: Rangers-Islanders
— NBA stuff:
Phoenix Suns are hiring former Lakers’ coach Frank Vogel as their new coach.
Suns are keeping assistant coach Kevin Young, paying him $2M+ a year,
Milwaukee Bucks hired former Portland coach Terry Stotts as an assistant.
— Movie of the Day: While you’re sleeping and I’m writing this, usually have old movies on, once all the ballgames end. Amazon Prime is the graveyard of old movies; I’m going to mention one I’ve watched every day.
Invincible (2006)— True story of Vince Papale, a 30-year old bartender from Philadelphia who made the Eagles as a non-roster special teams player in 1976, and lasted four years in the NFL.
Mark Wahlberg plays Papale, Greg Kinnear plays coach Dick Vermeil. Michael Rispoli plays the owner of the bar where Papale worked; he lated appeared in Billions.