Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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If Tim Lincecum isn’t back, well, he’s certainly on the right track.

After tossing eight shutout innings against the Astros in his last start last Saturday, Lincecum gave up two runs over seven innings last night in Philadelphia as part of a 7-2 win over the Phillies. His ERA dropped from 5.93 to 5.72 with the solid effort.

Things looked pretty shaky for a moment, as Lincecum fell off the mound in the middle of his windup to balk in a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. He then walked the bases loaded before getting Placido Polanco on a groundout to escape. The only other run scored on a solo home run by Ryan Howard in the sixth.

Lincecum gave up just five hits in all while striking out six and walking a pair. He topped out at 92.9 mph on his fastball and maintained his velocity throughout. The Giants already lead the Dodgers by 2 1/2 games in the National League West, but they could start to pull away if Lincecum finally gets in a groove.

Your Friday box scores:

White Sox 2, Tigers 4

Marlins 3, Pirates 4

Orioles 10, Indians 2

Braves 11, Nationals 10 (11 innings)

Mariners 3, Rays 4 (14 innings)

Dodgers 7, Mets 6

Blue Jays 6, Red Sox 1

Brewers 1, Reds 3

Twins 2, Royals 1 (11 innings)

Cubs 1, Cardinals 4

Yankees 2, Athletics 3

Astros 8, Diamondbacks 13

Rangers 1, Angels 6

Rockies 5, Padres 9

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.

Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.

Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.