Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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Ben Sheets continued his surprising resurgence last night against the Phillies, allowing just one run over six innings as part of a 6-1 win.

Sheets scattered six hits while striking out four and walking just one. He gave up his first earned run of the season on an RBI double by Shane Victorino in the first inning, but held the Phillies off the board the rest of the way.

Cole Hamels really struggled in his first start since signing his six-year, $144 million extension, giving up five runs (three earned) on four hits and six walks over five innings. It was his shortest outing of the season while his six walks were a career-high. He obviously can’t handle the pressure of his big money contract. Or maybe baseball is just weird like that.

As for Sheets, he’s now 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA and 15/5 K/BB ratio in 18 innings across his first three starts with the Braves. The Braves’ rotation would look better with Ryan Dempster in it, but Sheets’ recent emergence softens the blow a little. Now, if only he can stay healthy from here.

Your Friday box scores:

Cardinals 9, Cubs 6

Athletics 14, Orioles 9

Padres 7, Marlins 2

Red Sox 3, Yankees 10

Tigers 3, Blue Jays 8

Pirates 6, Astros 5

White Sox 9, Rangers 5

Nationals 0, Brewers 6

Indians 0, Twins 11

Reds 3, Rockies 0

Rays 1, Angels 3

Mets 5, Diamondbacks 11

Royals 1, Mariners 6

Dodgers 5, Giants 3 (10 innings)

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.