Settling the Score: Friday’s results


You guys aren’t going to believe this, but the Athletics won a game last night.

Fresh off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Rangers, Jon Lester played the role of stopper as the Athletics defeated the Phillies 3-1 at Coliseum in Oakland. The southpaw struck out seven and walked none over seven innings of one-run ball and is now 6-3 with a 2.20 ERA over 10 starts since coming over from the Red Sox at the trade deadline. Can’t blame him for the collapse.

Coco Crisp, Derek Norris, and Eric Sogard all had run-scoring hits for Oakland while Sean Doolittle pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 22nd save.

The Royals got blown out by the Tigers, so the Athletics are now back in the top spot in the American League Wild Card race by a half-game. The Mariners hit four home runs last night to power past the Astros, so they are just a half-game behind the Royals. This is fun stuff.

Your Friday box scores:

Phillies 1, Athletics 3

Dodgers 14, Cubs 5

Red Sox 5, Orioles 3 (10 innings)

Blue Jays 3, Yankees 5

Brewers 2, Pirates 4

White Sox 4, Rays 3

Nationals 3, Marlins 2

Tigers 10, Royals 1

Mets 5, Braves 0

Indians 4, Twins 5 (10 innings)

Diamondbacks 3, Rockies 15

Mariners 10, Astros 5

Reds 1, Cardinals 2

Rangers 12, Angels 3

Giants 0, Padres 5

Johan Camargo will start season on disabled list

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Braves third baseman Johan Camargo will begin the regular season on the disabled list with a strained side and back, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Camargo suffered the injury last week in a Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays and hasn’t played since.

With Camargo out, Rio Ruiz will likely play third base in his place, as well Charlie Culberson and Danny Santana. O’Brien notes that had Camargo not been injured, the Braves likely would’ve left Ruiz off the roster in favor of an extra outfielder or third catcher.

Camargo had a solid rookie season for the Braves in 2017, batting .299/.331/.452 across 82 games. Ruiz did not fare as well, batting .193/.283/.307 in 53 games.