Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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The Brewers topped the Pirates 7-2 last night behind yet another impressive performance from Zack Greinke, who allowed two runs over 7 2/3 innings while striking out nine and walking just one. Greinke has a 1.75 ERA over his last seven starts and has allowed two earned runs or less in all of them. After a slow start to the season (at least superficially), the 27-year-old right-hander is now 11-4 with a 4.08 ERA. He is averaging an eye-popping 11.22 K/9, which is by far the highest among MLB starters with at least 100 innings pitched.

One of the hottest teams in baseball, the Brewers have won 14 out of their last 16 games. They are now 68-51 on the year and currently sit four games in front of the Cardinals in the National League Central.

Your Friday box scores:

Pirates 2, Brewers 7

Nationals 4, Phillies 2

Tigers 5, Orioles 4

Padres 3, Reds 5

Rays 5, Yankees 1

Giants 1, Marlins 2

Twins 2, Indians 3

Cubs 4, Braves 10

Angels 5, Blue Jays 1

Royals 5, White Sox 1

Rockies 1, Cardinals 6

Rangers 9, Athletics 1

Mets 3, Diamondbacks 4

Red Sox 6, Mariners 4

Astros 0, Dodgers 1 (10 innings)

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

Jabari Blash
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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.