Settling the Score: Friday’s results


You know, it’s been a while since we’ve talked about Ryan Madson’s ability to handle the ninth inning. Why not start that fun little controversy over again?

Madson blew up in epic fashion in last night’s 8-4 loss to the Nationals, giving up six runs in the bottom of the ninth inning. After allowing four straight singles to tie the ballgame, he served up a walkoff grand slam to Ryan Zimmerman. It was just his second blown save of the season and brought his ERA from 2.06 to 3.25 on the year.

Zimmerman now has three career grand slams and eight walkoff home runs. Though he was slowed during the first half of the season with an abdominal injury, the 26-year-old third baseman is batting .352/.404/.552 with five homers, 18 RBI and a .956 OPS since the All-Star break.

Your Friday box scores:

Phillies 4, Nationals 8

Cardinals 4, Cubs 5 (10 innings)

Indians 1, Tigers 4

Mariners 2, Rays 3

Reds 11, Pirates 8

Rangers 7, White Sox 4

Brewers 6, Mets 1

Red Sox 7, Royals 1

Diamondbacks 2, Braves 4

Yankees 8, Twins 1

Giants 0, Astros 6

Orioles 3, Angels 8

Dodgers 8, Rockies 2

Blue Jays 0, Athletics 2

Marlins 3, Padres 4

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.