Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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The slide continues for the Red Sox.

Cole Figueroa delivered a pinch-hit RBI double off Burke Badenhop in the bottom of the ninth inning last night to give the Rays a 1-0 win over the Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Boston has now dropped eight consecutive games and own the fourth-worst record in the majors at 20-27.

John Lackey was excellent, allowing just five hits and one walk over seven-plus scoreless innings, but the Red Sox offense just couldn’t get anything going, That’s becoming a familiar refrain. They went 0-for-5 with men in scoring position and left eight men on base. Chris Archer went six scoreless innings for the Rays while matching a career-high with 11 strikeouts.

After the game, David Ortiz provided his analysis of the situation:

Your Friday box scores:

Red Sox 0, Rays 1

Indians 4, Orioles 8

Dodgers 2, Phillies 0

Athletics 2, Blue Jays 3

Nationals 3, Pirates 4

Rangers 2, Tigers 7

Cardinals 3, Reds 5

Brewers 9, Marlins 5

Yankees 5, White Sox 6

Royals 1, Angels 6

Rockies 2, Braves 3

Astros 1, Mariners 6

Cubs 1, Padres 11

Twins 2, Giants 6

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.