Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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The Orioles fell one run short in their comeback attempt Thursday, but they managed to get it done last night against the Tigers, coming from six runs down for an 8-7 victory at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

After Wei-Yin Chen was knocked out of the game early, the Orioles chipped away with one run in the fourth inning and four in the fifth, including a three-run homer from Adam Jones. Manny Machado then gave the Orioles the lead in the sixth with a two-run homer. Chris Davis delivered an RBI single later on in the frame, which proved to be the difference in the ballgame.

With the win, the Orioles improved to 52-50 on the year and sit just one game back in what promises to be a crazy Wild Card race in the American League. Seven teams are within five games of the Twins right now.

Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:

Tigers 7, Orioles 8

Braves 3, Phillies 9

Royals 6, Blue Jays 7 (11 innings)

Pirates 5, Reds 4

Rays 5, Red Sox 7

Nationals 1, Mets 2 (12 innings)

Yankees 13, White Sox 6

Padres 8, Marlins 3 (11 innings)

Mariners 6, Twins 1

Cubs 4, Brewers 1

Indians 2, Athletics 1

Rockies 0, Cardinals 7

Giants 3, Rangers 6

Diamondbacks 6, Astros 4 (10 innings)

Angels 3, Dodgers 5

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.