Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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There isn’t a hotter team in baseball than the Blue Jays. They won their ninth in a row last night, walking off against the Orioles. Munenori Kawasaki hit a game-tying homer in the seventh and Rajai Davis singled in the winning run in the ninth.  The Jays have won 13 of 16 overall and are now at .500 on the season. Yes, they are still in last place. But they are only seven back. One behind the Rays, three and a half behind the Yankees and five behind Baltimore. There’s a lot of work to do — and the Jays will eventually cool off — but it’s no longer inconceivable that they’ll be back in the race and relevant as the season goes on.

Blue Jays 7, Orioles 6
Indians 5, Twins 1
Cubs 3, Astros 1
Nationals 2, Rockies 1
Yankees 6, Rays 2
Mets 4, Phillies 3
Brewers 2, Braves 0
Red Sox 10, Tigers 6
Rangers 6, Cardinals 4
White Sox 9, Royals 1
Diamondbacks 11, Reds 5
Pirates 5, Angels 2
Athletics 6, Mariners 3
Padres 5, Dodgers 2
Marlins 6, Giants 3

Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base upon return from DL

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Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a sprained left thumb, but he’s expected to be activated on Friday.

Cabrera, 31, last played second base in 2014 with the Nationals. He has played shortstop exclusively as a Met the last two seasons. Jose Reyes would continue to play shortstop if the Mets were to go through with the position change. Cabrera would displace T.J. Rivera, who has been playing second base in place of the injured Neil Walker.

In 196 plate appearances this season, Cabrera is hitting .244/.321/.392 with six home runs and 20 RBI. He has made 11 defensive errors, which is tied for the third-most among shortstops behind Tim Anderson (16) and Dansby Swanson (12).

Corey Knebel sets modern record for consecutive appearances with a strikeout

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Brewers closer Corey Knebel set a modern major league record for relievers to start a season, as Thursday’s appearance marked his 38th consecutive appearance with a strikeout. He set down the side in order in the ninth inning, striking Josh Bell out to start the frame.

Aroldis Chapman held the record previously, recording a strikeout in his first 37 appearances of the season in 2014 with the Reds.

Knebel, 25, has flown under the radar despite having an incredibly good season. He moved into the closer’s role in mid-May when Neftali Feliz, now a free agent, struggled. After Thursday’s appearance, Knebel is 12-for-15 in save chances with a 0.96 ERA and a 65/17 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings.