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Settling the score: Friday’s results

Jun 18, 2011, 8:41 AM EDT

Joe Mauer high five AP

Joe Mauer went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in his return from the disabled list last night as the Twins won their fifth consecutive game. They have very quietly won 12 out of their last 14 games to move within 10 games of the .500 mark. Ron Gardenhire’s squad obviously has plenty of work to do still, but I wouldn’t count them out considering they are only eight games back in the very mediocre American League Central.

Your Friday box scores:

Yankees 1, Cubs 3

Orioles 4, Nationals 8 

Pirates 1, Indians 5

Brewers 4, Red Sox 10

Angels 4, Mets 3

Marlins 1, Rays 5

Blue Jays 3, Reds 2

Rangers 6, Braves 2

Padres 5, Twins 6

Royals 5, Cardinals 4

Tigers 6, Rockies 13

White Sox 1, Diamondbacks 4

Giants 2, Athletics 5

Phillies 2, Mariners 4

Astros 7, Dodgers 3

  1. royhobbs39 - Jun 18, 2011 at 8:58 AM

    As a Nationals fan, I would like to point out the Nats are rolling and have moved into a tie for 3rd in the NLEast. And as I have pointed out before, they have the easiest part of their schedule over the next three weeks.

    • vikesfansteve - Jun 18, 2011 at 4:01 PM

      They are looking good. Bright future here in DC.

    • natstowngreg - Jun 18, 2011 at 6:47 PM

      And another win this afternoon. 8 in a row, baby!

      BTW, Mark Reynolds made what might be one of the worst throws by a 3B in quite a while last night, fielding a bunt and throwing it at several feet to the right of 1B.

  2. yankeesfanlen - Jun 18, 2011 at 10:04 AM

    Ah, D.J., you just have to see how awake I am on Saturday morning by not crediting the poor ol’ Universe their one run in the 8th.
    Our tangled web of a line-up becomes even more treacherous with these Neanderthal games. Girardi slipped a cog again, reverting to thinking he was back on the Cubs’ side.
    Does anyone know how they jammed 42,000+ into Wrigley-do they count rooftops and those watching from the Sears Skydeck?
    Could be worse, I could be a Tigersfan.

    • D.J. Short - Jun 18, 2011 at 10:19 AM

      Consider that score settled. Thanks!

  3. tjwilliams - Jun 18, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    Can we quit with the “mediocre AL Central” stuff? The division-leading Indians and Tigers are currently 37-31/38-32, putting them 1.5 games ahead of division-leading Texas (37-34) and .5 games behind division-leading Milwaukee (39-32). The AL Central is a perfectly average division at this point.

    • Ari Collins - Jun 18, 2011 at 11:46 AM

      They have the 5th best record of any division leader. Having a better record than the AL West leader (who only has to beat three teams) is not a sign that they are average.

      • Jack Marshall - Jun 18, 2011 at 12:57 PM

        The also play the bulk of their games against the mediocre American League Central teams. Res ipsa loquitur.

    • vikesfansteve - Jun 18, 2011 at 4:06 PM

      The Twins are a pathetic 10 games under 500 right now but they have been a second half team for the last several years while the Tigers fade often. The Indians are playing well but who knows if they will pull a Royals. Watch out for the Twins & White Sox. 6 games above 500 can be easily caught. The Tigers & Sox have the power to beat AL East teams. The Twins always collapse against the Yankees.

    • JBerardi - Jun 18, 2011 at 5:47 PM

      “Can we quit with the “mediocre AL Central” stuff? … The AL Central is a perfectly average division at this point.”

      Are you aware that “mediocre” and “average” mean basically the same thing?

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 18, 2011 at 11:41 AM

    How about a mention of the red hot Adam Lind who has hit home runs in each of his last 4 games?

    • cur68 - Jun 18, 2011 at 11:05 PM

      Yeah! En fuego, baby! The Reds just found out; ten cuidado con el fuego, because the rest of the team is starting to heat up, too. Try for the sweep tomorrow…

  5. APBA Guy - Jun 18, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    The A’s have won 3 in a row, all in the Gold unis. This one came against Timmy, who pitched ok, just not Lincecum-like.

  6. marinersnate - Jun 18, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Gee, it’s quiet in here this morning. But, as always, that is just my opinion.

    • Ari Collins - Jun 19, 2011 at 12:26 AM

      Brilliant.

    • Utley's Hair - Jun 19, 2011 at 12:54 AM

      Well, it is (was, really) Saturday after all.

      A damn good play by Figgins kept that game from being at least a 5-4 lead for the Phightins. After tonight’s ND by Worley against King Felix, hopefully King Cole will be going for the rubber game.

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