Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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No Adam Wainwright? No problem. At least for now, anyway. The Cardinals won their fourth straight game last night with a 2-1 victory over the division rival Pirates in 10 innings.

The game went into extras after Mark Reynolds tied the game with an infield single in the seventh. The game-winner was set up after Jon Jay singled and Matt Carpenter doubled against Rob Scahill with two outs in the tenth. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle elected to intentionally walk Matt Holliday to load the bases, but Matt Adams made him pay with an opposite-field single to end it.

A.J. Burnett tossed six scoreless innings in the loss and drove in the only run of the game for the Pirates with an RBI single. He also passed Sandy Koufax on the all-time strikeout list. He’s now at 2,397 for his career, tying him with Kevin Brown for 41st.

The Cardinals currently own the best record in the majors at 16-6. Only the Royals (+48) have a higher run differential than St. Louis (+38).

Your Friday box scores:

Pirates 1, Cardinals 2 (10 innings)

Brewers 0, Cubs 1

Rays 2, Orioles 0

Nationals 0, Mets 4

Blue Jays 4, Indians 9

Phillies 3, Marlins 4

Athletics 7, Rangers 5

Reds 3, Braves 4

Tigers 1, Royals 4

White Sox 0, Twins 1

Diamondbacks 0, Dodgers 8

Mariners 3, Astros 4

Rockies 3, Padres 14

Angels 2, Giants 3

Pirates hire Ben Cherington as their new general manager

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The Pittsburgh Pirates have hired Ben Cherington as the team’s new general manager. They do so after the general manager meetings ended, but better late than never.

Cherington served as GM of the Boston Red Sox for four years, winning the World Series in 2013, but resigned during the 2015 season after Dave Dombrowski was named Boston’s new president of baseball operations. Which was a defacto demotionn for Cherington who, until then, had the final say in baseball decisions. Dombrowski, of course, was fired late in the season this year. Cherington went on to work for the Toronto Blue Jays as a vice president, but was seen as biding his time for another GM position. Now he has one.

Cherington takes over in Pittsburgh for executive vice president and general manager Neal Huntington, who was fired after a 12 years at the helm. Also fired was team president Frank Coonelly. Travis Williams replaced Coonelly recently. While the Pirates experienced a few years of contention under Huntington and Coonelly, they have slid out of contention in recent years as the club has traded away promising players for little return, all while cutting payroll. There’s a very big rebuilding job ahead of Cherington.

The first move he’ll have to make: hire a manager, as the team still hasn’t replaced Clint Hurdle since he was dismissed in the final weekend of the regular season.