Out of 14 games played last night, six ended in shutouts. While four of them were team efforts, two of them were full-blown pitcher shutouts. Chris Tillman of the Orioles gave up five hits and struck out three while blanking the Royals and the Blue Jays’ Drew Hutchison gave up three hits, struck out six and walked one while keeping the Rangers off the scoreboard.
In the bulllpen-aided shutouts, Alfredo Simon tossed seven and two-thirds scoreless innings against the Phillies, Max Scherzer did it against the Red Sox through six innings that were interrupted by a 47-minute rain delay, Zack Greinke tamed the Diamondbacks through eight and Chris Archer handled the Angels for five and two-thirds before letting the bullpen finish the job.
The 1960s are fun, aren’t they?
Your Friday box scores:
Brewers 4, Cubs 3
Athletics 11, Indians 1
Reds 3, Phillies 0
Nationals 5, Mets 2
Tigers 1, Red Sox 0
Blue Jays 2, Rangers 0
Orioles 4, Royals 0
White Sox 7, Astros 2
Mariners 4, Twins 5
Cardinals 5, Braves 2
Rockies 3, Padres 1
Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 0
Rays 3, Angels 0
Marlins 7, Giants 5
Pirates vs. Yankees: POSTPONED
This is more significant for basketball fans than baseball fans, but Magic Johnson is taking over basketball operations for the Los Angeles Lakers. Dan Feldman over at PBT has the full story on that.
For our purposes, you probably know that Johnson is part of the Dodgers ownership group. Anthony McCullough of the L.A. Times got comment from the Dodgers, saying that despite his new full-time job, his status with the Dodgers will be unchanged:
Maybe I’m alone in this, but I’m not entirely certain what Magic does with the Lakers, so the first clause in Kasten’s comment may be doing most of the heavy lifting here.
Jon Heyman reports that the Nationals are closing in on a deal with catcher Matt Wieters. Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that it’s a two-year deal. UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal reports that the deal is for two years, at $21 million. There is an opt-out for him after year one. He will get $10 million in 2017 and, if he returns in 2018, he’ll get $11 million.
Wieters was not expected to go this long without signing, but his market, which many thought would be robust, never materialized. The Nats had been rumored to be interested for months, but they were apparently waiting to swoop in late and get what one presumes will be a bargain.
Wieters, 30, finished last season hitting .243/.302/.409 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI in 464 plate appearances. The Nationals currently have Derek Norris and Jose Lobaton, so who falls where in the catcher fight in Washington is unclear, but one presumes that Wieters getting a two-year deal puts him at the top of the depth chart.