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Settling the Score: Friday’s results


It took a little while, but the Diamondbacks finally have their first win against the Dodgers this season. Thanks to a two-run single by Aaron Hill in the 12th inning, Arizona topped Los Angeles 4-2 at Dodger Stadium last night. Or early this morning, really.

The game was tied at 1-1 until Dodgers reliever Chris Withrow allowed the Diamondbacks to take the lead when he threw a wild pitch on an intentional walk to Martin Prado in the top of the ninth inning. Really. However, Juan Uribe tied things up in the bottom of the ninth with a solo homer against Addison Reed. The two sides traded zeroes in the 10th and 11th innings before Hill put Arizona ahead for good. Trevor Cahill, who was moved to the bullpen this week, pitched a perfect bottom of the 12th to notch his first career save.

The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Diamondbacks, who currently sit at a major-league worst 5-14 on the season. They were winless in their previous five games against the Dodgers this season.

Your Friday box scores:

Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 2

Reds 4, Cubs 1

Blue Jays 3, Indians 2

Cardinals 1, Nationals 3

Angels 11, Tigers 6

Brewers 5, Pirates 3

Orioles 8, Red Sox 4

Yankees 5, Rays 11

Braves 6, Mets 0

White Sox 0, Rangers 12

Mariners 4, Marlins 8

Twins 0, Royals 5

Phillies 1, Rockies 12

Astros 3, Athletics 11

Giants 1, Padres 2

MLB games were six minutes shorter this year

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According to STATS, INC., the average game in 2015 was 2 hours, 56 minutes. That’s six minutes faster than games in 2014.

The gains came in the first half, when games averaged 2:53. Second half games averaged three hours even. One can probably thank the expanded rosters in September for that, as games then see many more pitching changes. Of course, it’s likely that second half games were faster in 2015 than 2014 as well given the rules changes.

Those changes: agreement to enforce the rule requiring a hitter to keep at least one foot in the batter’s box and the installation of clocks timing pitching changes and between-inning breaks in ever ballpark.

It remains to be seen if MLB stays satisfied with that modest improvement or if chooses to go the way Triple-A and Double-A leagues did. They installed 20-second pitch clocks and started penalizing violators with balls and strikes. Triple-A’s two leagues, the International and Pacific Leagues, saw game-time decreases by 13 and 16 minutes, respectively.

Billy Beane promoted to VP, David Forst named A’s general manager

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I’m so old I remember when general managers used to run baseball operations departments. Now they’re basically assistants.

The latest example: the Oakland Athletics have promoted Billy Beane to vice president of baseball operations and have named David Forst general manager. Forst has been with the A’s for 16 years and has been Beane’s assistant for 12 years, so it’s not exactly a situation in which Forst will be making the final calls. The official move came today, though the move has been in the works for some time, it seems.

Someone with a lot of good front office access is going to write a good story this winter about the title inflation going on in Major League Baseball over the past year. And it’s gonna be great when one of his or her sources breaks the pattern of saying “well, baseball transactions are so much more complex these days . . . ” and admits “hey, if Theo gets a fancy title and La Russa gets a fancy title I WANT A FANCY TITLE TOO.”

Not that it’s much of a secret as it is.