Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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Clay Buchholz had his longest outing since coming off the disabled list while David Ortiz joined some special company as the Red Sox hammered the Orioles 12-3 last night at Camden Yards. In doing so, John Farrell’s club is one step closer to clinching the best record in the American League.

While Buchholz didn’t have his best stuff, he held the Orioles to three runs over seven innings. He threw 113 pitches in the victory, his second-highest total of the season. He’ll finish the regular season at 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA over 16 starts. With his neck and shoulder issues in the past, the Red Sox have to feel pretty good about him going into the postseason.

David Ortiz, Daniel Nava, and Jonny Gomes all homered in the victory. For Ortiz, he now has his seventh career 30-homer, 100-RBI season. That ties him with Ted Williams for the club record.

With a 97-63 record, the Red Sox have at least clinched a tie for the best record in the AL. The Athletics currently sit at 95-65 with two games to go.

Your Friday box scores:

Red Sox 12, Orioles 3

Pirates 4, Reds 1

Brewers 4, Mets 2

Rays 3, Blue Jays 6

Tigers 2, Marlins 3

Angels 3, Rangers 5

Royals 6, White Sox 1

Phillies 0, Braves 1

Indians 12, Twins 6

Cubs 0, Cardinals 7

Yankees 3, Astros 2

Nationals 8, Diamondbacks 4

Athletics 8, Mariners 2

Rockies 0, Dodgers 11

Padres 3, Giants 7

Braves shutting down Mike Soroka for 4-5 days due to shoulder problems

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Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that Braves starter Mike Soroka will be shut down for the next 4-5 days due to renewed soreness in his right shoulder.

Soroka is not presently listed in the top five of the Braves depth chart at starter, but is nonetheless an enormously talented pitcher who, at some point this season, was likely to figure into their plans. He was supposed to figure in more largely than he did last season, but after an impressive debut he missed the entire second half with shoulder problems, making only five starts.

There will no doubt be a reevaluation of him in the next few days, but this is could bad news for the Braves’ pitching depth.