Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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You guys aren’t going to believe this, but the Athletics won a game last night.

Fresh off a three-game sweep at the hands of the Rangers, Jon Lester played the role of stopper as the Athletics defeated the Phillies 3-1 at O.co Coliseum in Oakland. The southpaw struck out seven and walked none over seven innings of one-run ball and is now 6-3 with a 2.20 ERA over 10 starts since coming over from the Red Sox at the trade deadline. Can’t blame him for the collapse.

Coco Crisp, Derek Norris, and Eric Sogard all had run-scoring hits for Oakland while Sean Doolittle pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his 22nd save.

The Royals got blown out by the Tigers, so the Athletics are now back in the top spot in the American League Wild Card race by a half-game. The Mariners hit four home runs last night to power past the Astros, so they are just a half-game behind the Royals. This is fun stuff.

Your Friday box scores:

Phillies 1, Athletics 3

Dodgers 14, Cubs 5

Red Sox 5, Orioles 3 (10 innings)

Blue Jays 3, Yankees 5

Brewers 2, Pirates 4

White Sox 4, Rays 3

Nationals 3, Marlins 2

Tigers 10, Royals 1

Mets 5, Braves 0

Indians 4, Twins 5 (10 innings)

Diamondbacks 3, Rockies 15

Mariners 10, Astros 5

Reds 1, Cardinals 2

Rangers 12, Angels 3

Giants 0, Padres 5

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.