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

Félix Hernández to rejoin Mariners’ rotation for final start of 2018

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Mariners starter Félix Hernández will come off of the disabled list to make his final start of 2018 on Wednesday against the Athletics, MLB.com’s Greg Johns reports. Hernández has been on the disabled list since September 8 with a right hamstring strain.

Hernández, 32, has endured the worst season of his 14-year career. He’s 8-13 with a 5.46 ERA and a 121/57 K/BB ratio over 151 2/3 innings. Hernández wants the opportunity to finish 2018 on a good note. He said, “I feel good. No problems. It’s 100 percent. I just want to finish strong and show them I can still pitch. It wasn’t a big injury. They just wanted to give me some rest.”

Hernández is under contract for one more year at $27 million. He has been the face of the franchise for the last decade, but if he doesn’t show he’s capable of beating major league hitters by the end of spring training next year, the Mariners may not be able to afford to give him a spot in the starting rotation. Despite a second-half slide, the Mariners were competitive in the AL West this year, entering the All-Star break 58-39, five games out of first place. With some roster fine-tuning, the Mariners could give the Astros and Athletics a run for their money. Hernández’s involvement with that effort remains to be seen.