Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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Wild card stuff:  The Angels won while the Athletics lost.  The Brewers, Dodgers and Phillies all won while St. Louis lost.  Things are … tightening.

In division races, the Giants reduced their magic number to two, meaning that they could clinch the NL West tonight. The Yankees win, but so too do the Orioles, leaving New York up by one. The White Sox lost a half game to the Tigers even though Detroit got rained out (Robin Ventura: “we just got our rear ends kicked”). The Rangers and A’s both lost, leaving Texas up by four.

The box scores:

Mariners 6, Rangers 3
Giants 5, Padres 1
Angels 6, White Sox 2
Diamondbacks 15, Rockies 5
Astros 7, Pirates 1
Royals 6, Indians 3
Brewers 4, Nationals 2
Yankees 2, Athletics 1
Orioles 4, Red Sox 2
Rays 12, Blue Jays 1
Mets 7, Marlins 3
Cubs 5, Cardinals 4
Phillies 6, Braves 2
Dodgers 3, Reds 1
Twins vs. Tigers: POSTPONED

Report: Phillies place Justin Bour on waivers

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Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that the Phillies have placed first baseman Justin Bour on waivers. The Phillies are creating space on the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 protection deadline on Tuesday.

Bour, 30, opened the season with the Marlins but was traded to the Phillies in August in exchange for minor league pitcher McKenzie Mills. Overall, Bour hit .227/.341/.404 with 20 home runs and 59 RBI in 501 plate appearances.

Bour doesn’t really have a spot on the Phillies’ roster considering he is strictly a first baseman and the Phillies already have Carlos Santana. The Phillies may try to trade Santana to move Rhys Hoskins back to first base from left field.

If Bour clears waivers, he can reject an outright assignment to the minor leagues and become a free agent. However, considering how slow-moving the market for bat-only 1B/DH types has been in recent years, Bour may have trouble latching on with a new team on a guaranteed major league contract. If Bour is claimed, the claiming team will be responsible for paying him as he enters his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. MLB Trade Rumors projects Bour to earn a salary of $5.2 million in 2019.