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

Brad Ausmus interviewing for Astros manager job

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I did the Handsome Managers list in December. Thought I had moved on. Thought I’d never have to think about him again. But here is, walking right back in my door: Brad Ausmus is interviewing for the vacant Astros manager job. So reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.

Ausmus played for the Astros longer than he played for any other team in the bigs, notching ten years of service in two stints and playing on the 2005 NL Pennant-winning club. As a manager, you know, that he led the Tigers for four seasons and was the Angels’ skipper last year.

Houston has already interviewed Dusty Baker for the job. They’ll presumably want someone in place before spring training begins in a few weeks.