Tuesday brought us an exaggerated 16-game MLB slate thanks to a doubleheader in Arlington. Above all, the schedule included games with final consequences in Pittsburgh, Queens, St. Pete, Boston, Atlanta, St. Louis, Chicago, Minnesota and Oakland. Here's everything you need to know about Tuesday's MLB action.
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Baseball results for Tuesday, August 20  FINAL / Game 1 – Angels 5, Rangers 1 (box score)
Cardinals win sixth Shave Over the Brewers
For the first innings, Tuesday night's Cardinals vs. Brewers game at Busch Stadium looked like it would be another close game. St. Louis flirted with a combined no-hitter Monday, and similar tensions built Tuesday.
All that excitement disappeared in the sixth and seventh rounds, when the Cardinals opened the game openly against the Milwaukee bullpen. Dexter Fowler posted a prominent three-run in left field in the sixth inning, and the Cardinals were off.
Not really sure what Ryan Braun did there, but that ball needs to be caught, preferably by the outfielder running into the ball and having easier games. The Cardinals made four runs in the sixth and another four in the seventh, and that was it.
St. Louis has won his last six games against the Brewers and they are a half up at the Cubs in NL Central. The Brewers are now four games back in the division and 3 1/2 games behind the second wild-card spot. Milwaukee has lost three straight games and six of its last eight games.
Mets open key home with a win
No baseball team has more home games left than Mets. Including Tuesday night, 26 of their last 38 games will be played at Citi Field. On Tuesday, the Mets opened a homeland with nine games that will bring the Indians, Braves and the kids to New York. Nine matches against postseason contenders.
The Mets started this important homeland with a victory Tuesday night. Indians left fielder Oscar Mercado dropped a routine fly ball in the sixth inning, setting Michael Conforto for the future two-run home run against Shane Bieber. New York later broke the game open to the Cleveland bull.
At 25-10, the Mets have the best record in baseball since the All-Star break, and they don't just beat bad teams anymore. Tuesday's victory allowed them to keep up with the kids and stay two games behind the second wild card spot. Next week's series against the kids looks like it will be very important. These two clubs are pretty much neck-and-neck in the wild-card race.
As for the Indians, they have suddenly lost five of their last seven matches. They are three games behind the twins in the AL Central.
Acuna plunked by the Marlins again
There may be some fireworks between the Braves and the Marlins this week. The two rivals in the NL East are playing their last season series and on Tuesday night, Elieser Hernandez's first pitch was planted in Ronald Acuna's ribs. Both teams were alerted and Braves manager Brian Snitker was ejected.
As I'm sure you remember, Marlins right Jose Urena Acuna drilled with his first pitch in a game last year when Acuna was in the middle of a home run. The uncles were interrupted for six games for the obvious purpose..
After the Acuna deflection, the Braves went on to beat the last place the Marlins, with Acuna chipping in a double. I understand you can't let another team play goal practice with your young franchise player, but Atlanta has nothing to gain and everything to lose in a long-running beanball war with the Marlins. We'll see what happens to the rest of the series.
Bellinger trout links for MLB home runs
From the start of Tuesday's action, Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers led the entire MLB with 42 home runs, and Mike Trout of the Angels stood near his track with 41. In Arlington, Trout quickly leveled the score: 
There are 42, and besides tying Bellinger who is also a new career high for Trout. In addition, the home team Trout provides 2500 total bases for their career. This season, trout now hit .299 / .444 / .667 with 99 walks and 10 stolen bases in addition to plus defense in the midfield. As our own Matt Snyder has argued,.
By the way, this first game in this double horse also adds our photo of the day:  This is what happens when you play a Tuesday at 1:00 pm after school has started and when it is 100 degrees out. There are some more people in the shade, but not many. #Angels pic.twitter.com/kqqWnDsnKd
– Jeff Fletcher (@JeffFletcherOCR) August 20, 2019
Yep, hot Tuesday-day game between two teams with losing record and kiddos back in the school adds a little presence. However, for the lucky few who are there, you get Mike Mike Trout with a zen-like calm in an almost empty ballpark. It's good to live.
Pirates rally after Archer's injury
The pirates have not gone well lately. Not at all. They entered Tuesday's game 7-28 since the All-Star break, then, in the second round against the Nationals, Chris Archer went off the mountain with the coach. The Pirates, who have already received some pitch, later announced that he has a shoulder issue.
Instead of resting, the staircase went up after Archer's exit. Clay Holmes (3 2/3 innings), Michael Feliz (1 1/3 innings) and Richard Rodriguez (1 2/3 innings) held the Red Hot Nationals to a run in 6 2/3 innings. That kept the Pirates in the game when, in the eighth round, Starling Marte socked a prominent three-run homer against former Pirate Daniel Hudson.
Stephen Strasburg was wonderful Tuesday (seven shutouts), but once again Washington's bull bracket made things mess. With Sean Doolittle and Roenis Elias on the injured list,manager Dave Martinez's relief squad is a bit short-handed, and it cost the citizens on Tuesday.
Highlight of the Day: Hechavarria's Game Ends
The Braves beat the Marlins with a relatively light Tuesday night, but that doesn't make Adeiny Hechavarria's game-ending grip any less impressive. He took a bass hit from Neil Walker with this backhand strike:
Very nice. Say what you want about the shift, but it certainly makes for some unique fantastic defensive games.
Stat of the Day: Multi-homer game strip hits 37 days
For the 37th consecutive day, somewhere in the league a player hit (at least) two home runs in a game. The players: Freddie Freeman, Anthony Rizzo and Bo Bichette. They launched all two homers Tuesday.
Last year's longest game with two homers was only 20 days. I'm not sure where this year's 37-day (and counting) range is historical, but I think it's among the longest ever, if not the longest ever. Year of a Home Run continues without delay.
- Indians RHP Carlos Carrasco struck a game during a rehab for Double-A Akron on Monday night. It is his first game action since the diagnosis of leukemia earlier this season. .
- Former MLB players Octavio Dotel and Luis Castillo have been involved in a Dominican money laundering and drug deal. .
- Indians RHP Corey Kluber, who is on the IL with a fractured forearm, n from throwing for at least two weeks due to an oblique load.
- A source tells Andy Martino that Mets RHP Robert Gsellman has a partially broken lat, which would mean he will probably miss the rest of the season.
- Mariners have placed OF Domingo Santana on the 10-day IL with elbow inflammation.
- Rangers have placed OF Nomar Mazara on 10-day IL with an oblique load.
- According to several reports, the Yankees will sign RHP Trevor Rosenthal to a minor-league contract.
- The Cardinals have recalled AV Harrison Bader from Triple-A.