Settling the Scores: Friday’s results

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After two horrible days without any baseball and two sub-optimal days without baseball that counted we’re finally back to normal. Fifteen games last night and games every single day until the end of October at the very least. Ahhhhh.

What the heck got into the water in Houston? Brandon Barnes went 5 for 5 and hit for the cycle. An even better night: Mariners shortstop Brad Miller who hit two homers — a two-run job and a three run job — driving in five. And I’m willing to bet only seven people watched that game.

Which is totally cool. It’s seven more people enjoying baseball than could have on Wednesday or Thursday.

Mariners 10, Astros 7
Dodgers 3, Nationals 2
Rays 8, Blue Jays 5
Reds 5, Pirates 3
Red Sox 4, Yankees 2
Phillies 13, Mets 8
Orioles 3, Rangers 1
Brewers 2, Marlins 0
Braves 6, White Sox 4
Cardinals 9, Padres 6
Royals 1, Tigers 0
Cubs 3, Rockies 1
Twins 3, Indians 2
Giants 2, Diamondbacks 0
Angels 4, Athletics 1

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.