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

Steven Wright undergoes procedures on left knee

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The Red Sox announced that starter Steven Wright underwent a left knee arthroscopy and debridement on Monday in New York. There is no timetable yet for his recovery, so it is still not known if he will be ready for spring training.

Wright, 34, was bothered by left knee issues throughout the 2018 season. He made four starts and 16 relief appearances totaling 53 2/3 innings, posting a 2.68 ERA with 42 strikeouts and 26 walks. Wright was on the ALDS roster but was removed due to the knee issue and did not appear in the postseason.

Wright is entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He is due a raise on his $1.1 million salary. The Red Sox could non-tender him, but that seems unlikely.