MLB Thursday scores, highlights, live team updates, news: Yankees finish sweep of Mariners

Thursday is typically a travel and rest day in baseball and, as a result, there are only 10 games on the schedule today. One of those games has already been rained out too, so there are only nine games on the docket. Here is everything you need to know about Thursday's MLB action.

Thursday's baseball scores and schedule

Yankees finish sweep of Mariners

This gut check 10-game stretch against the Red Sox and Yankees (and Red Sox again) has not gone well for the Mariners so far. Following Thursday afternoon's loss, they're 2-5 seven games into this stretch. The Yankees swept them in the three-game series in Yankee Stadium, and the middle game Wednesday night in particular was a gut punch. The Mariners blew a 5-0 lead and Giancarlo Stanton hit a walk-off homer.

On paper, Thursday afternoon's pitching matchup was a great one: Luis Severino vs. James Paxton. So, naturally, there were six runs on the board before the end of the top of the second. The Yankees scored four runs in the first inning against Paxton courtesy of two-run homers by Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar. Stanton also had a solo homer robbed by Mitch Haniger that inning.

The Mariners have lost four straight games. That combined with the Astros' hot streak has pushed Seattle to 3 1/2 games back in the AL West. They're still in a wild card spot, but the Mariners were going to have to do some damage against the Yankees and Red Sox during this 10-game stretch to have a chance to steal the division title, and it hasn't happened.

As for the Yankees, they are now 50-22 on the season, and 41-13 since their 9-9 start. That 41-13 stretch is a 123-win pace across a full 162-game season. Furthermore, the Yankees are 23-9 against teams over .500, the best record in baseball. 

Cubs fall to Reds, Harvey

Here's a sentence you didn't expect to read: Matt Harvey recorded a quality start against arguably the best team in the National League.

It's true: Harvey threw six innings of five-hit, two-run ball against the Cubs on Thursday night. The Reds then stormed back against Kyle Hendricks and Randy Rosario, turning a two-run deficit into a four-run lead.

Harvey, for his part, also notched six strikeouts on 98 pitches. He averaged 94.8 mph with his fastball  and generated eight swinging strikes in all, with six of those coming on the heater. The other two were recorded on his slider -- a little bittersweet, considering he threw 22 (and 31 offspeed pitches in all) on the night.

Still, Harvey notched his second quality start of the season, and that's reason enough to consider his outing a success.

Jon Jay has another big game

The D-Backs' decision to acquire Jon Jay is looking smarter by the game. Jay, who entered Thursday hitting .326/.436/.457 in his first 12 appearances in Arizona, went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles against the Pirates.

Jay is now hitting .313/.379/.396 on the season -- notable, considering he's raised his slugging percentage by more than 20 points since the trade. That's hard to do in 13 games, but he's found a way.

Porcello delivers for Red Sox

While the Yankees were flying high in the Bronx, the Red Sox struggled in Minnesota. They dropped the first two games of their three-game series with the Twins, and those games were started by Chris Sale and David Price. Believe it or not, the BoSox are 8-8 -- 8-8! -- in Sale's 16 starts this season. Yikes.

Thursday afternoon, Rick Porcello came to the rescue with a masterful performance, limiting the Twins to one hit in seven scoreless innings. Porcello retired the final 16 batters he faced.

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The larger story is the Red Sox's offense finally breaking out. Boston had scored only 21 runs in their last six games prior to Thursday and nine of those 21 came in one game. On Thursday the bats put up nine runs against Kyle Gibson and various relievers. Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi both went deep. A welcome sight for the BoSox, that is.

Trout reaches 1,000 games milestone despite finger injury

Thursday night the great Mike Trout played his 1,000th game as a big leaguer. He made his debut as a 19-year-old in 2011 but arrived for good in April 2012. Here is where Trout ranked among all players since then entering Thursday's game (min. 2,000 plate appearances):

  • Batting average: .311 (4th)
  • On-base percentage: .418 (2nd)
  • Slugging percentage: .581 (1st)
  • OPS+: 178 (1st -- Joey Votto is second at 161)
  • Home runs: 219 (5th) 
  • Runs batted in: 601 (6th)
  • Stolen bases: 174 (6th)
  • WAR: +60.3 (1st -- Robinson Cano is second at 38.3)

Trout has been the best player in baseball pretty much since the day he arrived for good in 2012. He's also in the middle of the most dominant hot streak of his career at the moment. Trout has reached base in 29 of his last 37 plate appearances. 29 of 37! That's nuts.

It's worth noting Trout played game No. 1,000 with a minor injury -- he's been dealing with a sprained index finger:

Trout served as the Angels' DH on Thursday and had a somewhat quiet night by his standards: he failed to record a hit. Nonetheless, he did reach base three times on walks, and scored a pair of runs. Trout's teammates stepped up, however, as Luis Valbuena delivered two home runs and Kole Calhoun had a clutch homer of his own to lift the Angels over the Blue Jays.

Quick hits

  • The Cardinals placed RHP Michael Wacha on the 10-day DL with an oblique injury, the team announced. He left Wednesday's start with the injury. RHP John Gant has been called up from Triple-A in a corresponding move.
  • Diamondbacks RHP Shelby Miller will rejoin the rotation on Monday, reports MLB.com. He had Tommy John surgery last April. Miller pitched to a 4.66 ERA in his four rehab starts.
  • Orioles 1B Chris Davis remains out of the lineup Thursday. He's in the middle of a historically terrible season and has not played in over a week. Manager Buck Showalter told MLB.com that Davis could return to the lineup soon.
  • Nationals RHP Brandon Kintzler threw an all-fastball bullpen session and everything went well, reports the Washington Post. He is on the disabled list with a forearm problem. Kintzler will begin throwing curveballs in his next bullpen session.
  • Yankees RHP Masahiro Tanaka could throw a bullpen session this weekend, according to The Athletic. Tanaka is out with minor strains to both hamstrings. He hurt himself running the bases two weeks ago.
  • Twins OF Eddie Rosario was scratched from Thursday's lineup with a sore shoulder, reports MLB.com. He is day-to-day. Rosario is hitting .320/.359/.579 with 20 doubles and 16 home runs this season.
  • Mariners SS Jean Segura is not in Thursday's lineup due to an infection in his forearm, reports the Seattle Times. He is on antibiotics and the trainers decided to keep him out of the lineup.
  • The Yankees placed RHP A.J. Cole on the 10-day DL with a neck strain, the team announced. Cole has a 0.69 ERA as the team's long man this year. RHP Luis Cessa was activated off the disabled list in a corresponding move.

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