Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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A.J. Ellis continues to take advantage of his first chance at regular playing time in the big leagues.

Ellis went 1-for-4 with two RBI and a walk-off walk in a 6-5 win over the Cardinals last night as the Dodgers improved to a major-league best 26-13 on the year.

Of course, walks are nothing new for Ellis. The 31-year-old backstop is hitting .327/.459/.490 with a 22/23 K/BB ratio across 124 plate appearances this season. He’s second to David Wright (.510) in on-base percentage and only Joey Votto has walked more often this season. He leads the majors in pitches per plate appearance.

Who knows whether Ellis can keep up his unlikely hot start. His .397 batting average on balls in play hints that some regression is likely on the way, but he did have a .280 batting average and a .406 on-base percentage over nine seasons in the minors before he got his first real shot at being an everyday catcher.  Seems he has a knack for this whole patience thing.

Your Friday box scores:

White Sox 3, Cubs 2

Reds 0, Yankees 4

Marlins 3, Indians 2

Pirates 0, Tigers 6

Orioles 2, Nationals 1

Red Sox 4, Phillies 6

Mets 5, Blue Jays 14

Braves 5, Rays 3

Rangers 4, Astros 1

Twins 11, Brewers 3

Diamondbacks 6, Royals 4

Mariners 4, Rockies 0

Athletics 6, Giants 8

Angels 7, Padres 2

Yankees activate Aroldis Chapman

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Yesterday the New York Yankees got Aaron Judge back. Today they activated closer Aroldis Chapman.

Chapman has been on the disabled list since August 22 with left knee tendinitis. Before going down the 30-year-old fireballer registered a 2.11 ERA and 31 saves with an 84/27 K/BB ratio in 47 innings of work.

In his absence David Robertson, Dellin Betances and Zach Britton have all been bumped an inning back to decidedly mixed results. Now Chapman is back in the mix.