Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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Outfielder Carlos Beltran saved the Yankees from ignominy on Friday night, slugging a pinch-hit, go-ahead, three-run home run in the eighth inning against reliever Aaron Sanchez in a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. Chase Headley had knocked in the Yankees’ first run of the game against starter David Price with a ground-rule double earlier that inning, marking the first time the Yankees had scored against the Blue Jays since the second inning on August 7, the first game of a three-game series. The Blue Jays had held them scoreless for 33 consecutive innings before Headley’s double.

The Blue Jays’ 11-game winning streak also ended on Friday night. Since shortstop Troy Tulowitzki’s first game with the Blue Jays on July 29, the club had won 14 of 15 games. They went from 51-51 in third place and seven games out of first place to 64-52, leading the AL East by half a game over the Yankees entering Friday’s action. They’re now a half-game behind the Yankees.

Katie Sharp of River Ave Blues provided some interesting trivia from the game. Beltran’s pinch-hit homer was the second of his career, with the other occuring on May 18, 2003 against the Blue Jays. Beltran became the first Yankee with a go-ahead home run when trailing in the eighth inning or later on the road since Don Mattingly on July 24, 1994 against the then-California Angels.

Your Friday box scores and recaps:

Cubs 6, White Sox 5

Athletics 6, Orioles 8 (13 innings)

Pirates 3, Mets 2 (10 innings)

Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3

Diamondbacks 2, Braves 3

Mariners 1, Red Sox 15

Phillies 1, Brewers 3

Rays 3, Rangers 5

Marlins 1, Cardinals 3

Angels 1, Royals 4

Padres 9, Rockies 5

Indians 6, Twins 1

Tigers 1, Astros 5

Reds 3, Dodgers 5

Nationals 5, Giants 8

Maddon: Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch again for Angels this year

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Shohei Ohtani won’t pitch again this season for the Los Angeles Angels after straining his right forearm in his second start, manager Joe Maddon says.

Ohtani likely will return to the Angels’ lineup as their designated hitter this week, Maddon said Tuesday night before the club opened a road series against the Seattle Mariners.

The Angels’ stance on Ohtani is unsurprising after the club announced he had strained the flexor pronator mass near the elbow of his pitching arm. The two-way star’s recovery from the strain requires him to abstain from throwing for four to six weeks, which covers most of the shortened 2020 season.

“I’m not anticipating him pitching at all this year,” Maddon said. “Any kind of throwing program is going to be very conservative.”

Ohtani was injured Sunday in the second inning of his second start since returning to the mound following Tommy John surgery in late 2018. Ohtani issued five walks during the 42-pitch inning against the Houston Astros, with his velocity dropping later in the frame.

The arm injury is another obstacle in Ohtani’s path to becoming the majors’ first true two-way player in decades. He made 10 mound starts as a rookie in 2018 before injuring his elbow, but he served as the Angels’ regular designated hitter last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Ohtani has pitched in only three games since June 2018, but the Angels still believe in Ohtani’s ability to be a two-way player, Maddon said.

“I’m seeing that he can,” Maddon said. “We’ve just got to get past the arm maladies and figure that out. But I’ve seen it. He’s just such a high-end arm, and we’ve seen what he can do in the batter’s box. Now maybe it might get to the point where he may choose to do one thing over the other and express that to us. I know he likes to hit. In my mind’s eye, he’s still going to be able to do this.”

The veteran manager believes Ohtani will benefit from a full spring training and a normal season. Ohtani wasn’t throwing at full strength for a starter when the coronavirus pandemic shut down spring training in March because he wasn’t expected to pitch until May as he returned from surgery.

“Going into a regular season with a normal number of starts and all the things that permit guys to be ready for a year, that’s what we need to see is some normalcy before you make that kind of determination,” Maddon said.

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