Settling the score: Friday’s results

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Let’s dwell on the negative for a second, shall we? The Mariners’ losing streak reached 13 games last night with a 7-4 loss to the Red Sox. Felix Hernandez gave up two runs over the first six innings, but the Red Sox put up a five-spot in the seventh to put the game out of reach. Sudden slugger Jacoby Ellsbury launched his 16th home run of the season (and his seventh this month) in the victory while John Lackey tossed seven innings of one-run ball for his third straight win.

The Mariners are now one loss away from tying their franchise record, previously set in September of 1992. It doesn’t get any easier tonight when they send rookie right-hander Blake Beavan to the hill against Josh Beckett.

Your Friday box scores:

Mariners 4, Red Sox 7

Astros 2, Cubs 4

Angels 6, Orioles 1

Cardinals 6, Pirates 4

Athletics 7, Yankees 17

White Sox 3, Indians 0

Padres 1, Phillies 3

Braves 6, Reds 4

Mets 7, Marlins 6

Blue Jays 2, Rangers 12

Rockies 8, Diamondbacks 4

Rays 4, Royals 10

Tigers 8, Twins 2

Nationals 7, Dodgers 2

Brewers 4, Giants 2

The Rays announce “The Rays Tank.” Really.

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Earlier this offseason the Rays traded away franchise player Evan Longoria. Over the weekend they traded starter Jake Odorizzi to the Twins and designated All-Star outfielder Corey Dickerson for assignment. These were clearly financially driven moves, and now the Rays sport a payroll of less than $70 million. The club’s offseason moves prompted Longoria to say that he feels sorry for Rays fans.

If you asked Rays brass, I’m sure they’d make strong statements defending all of these moves while offering evidence-light arguments that, yes, they truly are interested in fielding a competitive team in 2018. They would likely react VERY angrily to any suggestion that they are tanking this year. Teams never admit that they’re tanking.

In other news, the Rays announced a new blog:

Oh.