Settling the Scores: Friday’s results

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Look, I may have been on the clock on Friday night, and I may be posting this Saturday morning, but if you think I’m gonna do a full-blown Saturday “And That Happened,” well, you just don’t know my kids very well.

They’re eating Lucky Charms and watching the Cartoon Network and I’m sure they plan on absolutely killing me today with six and eight year-old stuff today, so you’re lucky I can even find the darn scoreboard right now.

But I do know that Henderson Alvarez pitched a Maddux last night and Albert Pujols went 0 for 4. Some things you don’t need to be coherent to know.

Indians 6, Rangers 3

Marlins 9, Padres 8

Brewers 6, Giants 4

Blue Jays 4, Angels 0

Twins 3, Mariners 2

Braves 9, Rockies 8

Orioles 6, Red Sox 4

Nationals 4, Phillies 3

Astros 5, Cardinals 4

Diamondbacks 5, Mets 4

Cubs 5, Dodgers 4

Tigers 5, White Sox 4

Reds 6, Pirates 1

Rays 7, A’s 2

Yankees 6, Royals 2

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with left ankle injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.