Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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The Angels are beginning to create some distance in the American League West.

Behind a strong start from Jered Weaver and home runs from Chris Iannetta and Albert Pujols, the Angels defeated the Athletics 4-0 last night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim.

Weaver allowed just three hits and three walks over seven scoreless innings in the victory. He’s now tied with Max Scherzer and Rick Porcello for the American League lead with 15 wins. As for the offense, Iannetta lifted a two-run homer off Jon Lester in the fifth inning which fell out of a leaping Coco Crisp’s glove and over the center field fence. Pujols added a solo shot for some insurance in the seventh.

The Angels now have a season-high three-game lead over the A’s, who have lost 12 out of their last 18 games. Still trying to find their footing after Garrett Richards’ knee injury, the Angels will send Cory Rasmus to the hill tonight in what is likely to be a bullpen game. Oakland will counter with Jeff Samardzija.

Your Friday box scores:

Athletics 0, Angels 4

Twins 1, Orioles 9

Reds 1, Pirates 2

Yankees 6, Blue Jays 3

Phillies 1, Mets 4

Marlins 2, Braves 5

Red Sox 8, Rays 4

Tigers 7, White Sox 1

Cubs 7, Cardinals 2

Indians 6, Royals 1

Rockies 2, Diamondbacks 5

Rangers 13, Astros 6

Brewers 2, Giants 13

Nationals 8, Mariners 3

Dodgers 2, Padres 3 (12 innings)

Phillies sign Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

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Infielder Trevor Plouffe has signed a minor league deal with the Phillies, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports. Plouffe asked for and was granted his release from the Rangers earlier this month.

Plouffe, 31, had a double and a home run in 17 plate appearances with Triple-A Round Rock to start the 2018 season. He spent last year with the Athletics and Rays, putting up a meager .198/.272/.318 batting line in 100 games.

Plouffe has mostly played third base throughout his career, but can also handle the other three infield spots and both outfield corners, so he’ll serve as organizational depth at Triple-A Lehigh Valley for the Phillies.