Latest Wild Card Standings
With two days remaining in the regular season, the Mariners are still alive. Kendrys Morales, Michael Saunders, and Dustin Ackley all homered as Seattle hung on for 4-3 win over the Angels last night in Anaheim.
All of the offense came against Jered Weaver, who lasted six innings in his final tuneup before the postseason. Hisashi Iwakuma allowed two runs (on back-to-back solo homers from Kole Calhoun and Mike Trout) over 6 1/3 innings for his 15th victory. Fernando Rodney made things interesting in the ninth by giving up a out-out RBI double to Erick Aybar which put the tying run on second base, but he was able to get the final two outs to wiggle out of the jam and finish off the win.
The Mariners are currently two games behind the Athletics for the final Wild Card spot in the American League. The Athletics beat the Rangers 6-2 last night and have a magic number of one to clinch a postseason berth. That means the Mariners can’t lose another game and need the Rangers to take the next two from the A’s. They need a lot to go their way, but they still have a shot.
Your Friday box scores:
Angels 3, Mariners 4
Marlins 0, Nationals 4/Marlins 15, Nationals 7
Orioles 2, Blue Jays 4
Braves 4, Phillies 5
Twins 11, Tigers 4
Astros 3, Mets 1
Yankees 3, Red Sox 2
Pirates 3, Reds 1
Athletics 6, Rangers 2
Cubs 6, Brewers 4
Royals 3, White Sox 1
Cardinals 7, Diamondbacks 6 (10 innings)
Rockies 4, Dodgers 7
Padres 4, Giants 1
The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.
Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.
Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.