Settling the Score: Friday’s results


Strasmas made its way to Fenway Park for the first time last night, as Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs over six innings in a 7-4 win over the Red Sox.

Strasburg, who was pitching on the two year anniversary of his major league debut, tied a season-high with 13 strikeouts and threw a career-high 119 pitches. He threw 33 of them in his final inning of work, as he managed to wiggle out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam by striking out Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Kevin Youkilis.

The Nationals pounded out 12 hits in the victory. Bryce Harper led the charge by going 3-for-5 with a two-run homer. The 19-year-old phenom is now hitting .288/.367/.532 with six homers, 17 RBI and an .899 OPS over his first 32 major league games. That’s pretty good.

Strasburg improved to 7-1 with the win and now holds a 2.41 ERA and 92/19 K/BB ratio over 68 innings this season. The Nationals currently sit at 33-23 on the year and have a one-game lead over the surging Braves in the ultra-competitive National League East.

Your Friday box scores:

Phillies 9, Orioles 6

Mets 1, Yankees 9

Royals 2, Pirates 4

Tigers 5, Reds 6 (10 innings)

Rays 5, Marlins 1

Blue Jays 3, Braves 4 (10 innings)

Astros 8, White Sox 3

Cubs 7, Twins 8 (10 innings)

Indians 6, Cardinals 2

Angels 7, Rockies 2

Athletics 8, Diamondbacks 9

Dodgers 0, Mariners 1

Rangers 5, Giants 0

Padres 5, Brewers 9

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.