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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

Sep 28, 2013, 8:56 AM EDT

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Clay Buchholz had his longest outing since coming off the disabled list while David Ortiz joined some special company as the Red Sox hammered the Orioles 12-3 last night at Camden Yards. In doing so, John Farrell’s club is one step closer to clinching the best record in the American League.

While Buchholz didn’t have his best stuff, he held the Orioles to three runs over seven innings. He threw 113 pitches in the victory, his second-highest total of the season. He’ll finish the regular season at 12-1 with a 1.74 ERA over 16 starts. With his neck and shoulder issues in the past, the Red Sox have to feel pretty good about him going into the postseason.

David Ortiz, Daniel Nava, and Jonny Gomes all homered in the victory. For Ortiz, he now has his seventh career 30-homer, 100-RBI season. That ties him with Ted Williams for the club record.

With a 97-63 record, the Red Sox have at least clinched a tie for the best record in the AL. The Athletics currently sit at 95-65 with two games to go.

Your Friday box scores:

Red Sox 12, Orioles 3

Pirates 4, Reds 1

Brewers 4, Mets 2

Rays 3, Blue Jays 6

Tigers 2, Marlins 3

Angels 3, Rangers 5

Royals 6, White Sox 1

Phillies 0, Braves 1

Indians 12, Twins 6

Cubs 0, Cardinals 7

Yankees 3, Astros 2

Nationals 8, Diamondbacks 4

Athletics 8, Mariners 2

Rockies 0, Dodgers 11

Padres 3, Giants 7

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    In the wild Wild Card race, the Rays made it difficult for themselves yesterday with 3 errors. Two Jay errors and a walk loaded the bases in the 8th, but a double play got the Jays out of trouble. It is time for the Rays to ditch Fausto. He is dangerous on the mound and is capable of hurting both teams.

    • theskinsman - Sep 28, 2013 at 3:59 PM

      Go Jays! Let the Devilish Rays choke their way out of the playoffs.

  2. johnnysoda - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    And That Happened- Friday Edition

    Rangers 5, Angels 3; Indians 12, Twins 6; Blue Jays 6, Rays 3: Two days left in the season and nothing has been decided in the AL wild card. A three way tie remains on the table.

    Yankees 3, Astros 2: The last time the Yankees went to Houston, in 2008, they missed the playoffs. Now they go back, and they miss the playoffs again. So unless the Astros ever move back to the NL, the Yankees will never make the playoffs again. Quite sad, really. Thirteen losses in a row now for Houston.

    Cardinals 7, Cubs 0: St. Louis wins the Central. I hope they finish the sweep, cuz I predicted the Cubs would go 66-96 this year, and it would be really cool if it came true.

    Red Sox 12, Orioles 3: A five spot by Boston in the first ended this one before it began. Chris Davis hit #53.

    Brewers 4, Mets 2: Khris Davis homered too. No disrespect to him, but I’m hoping he doesn’t pan out, cuz that would be confusing.

    Braves 1, Phillies 0: Cliff Lee struck out 13 in eight innings. And he would’ve gotten the win, too, if that Medlen kid hadn’t gotten in the way!

    Pirates 4, Reds 1: Pittsburgh comes one step closer to hosting at least one playoff. That would be really cool.

    Marlins 3, Tigers 2: The last time these two played each other, it was 2004. The Marlins were the reigning World Champs, and the Tigers had just lost 119 games. How times change. Giancarlo Stanton had a three run double.

    Royals 6, White Sox 1: James Shields shut Chicago as eight of nine Royals got a hit. The sad saga of White Sox 2013 continues.

    Nationals 8, Diamondbacks 4: The wild card consolation series. Nats win round one.

    Dodgers 11, Rockies 0: Kershaw v. Rockies produces expected results. He’s the first qualifying pitcher with an ERA below 2 since Roger Clemens in 2005.

    Athletics 8, Mariners 2: Four hits for Coco Crisp as Oakland wins easily.

    Giants 7, Padres 3: The battle for third place in the NL West rages on. The last two days will be dramatic.

    • danwilliamsmlb - Sep 28, 2013 at 9:54 AM

      The Scooby Doo reference was awesome! Well played.

    • cur68 - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      Nats/DBacks = Talent vs Grit Consolation Round.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:45 AM

        Is it wrong that I hope the Nats celebrate in the pool if they win?

      • cur68 - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:02 PM

        Not at all. I hope they anoint it with there precious bodily nectars, too.

      • historiophiliac - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:07 PM

        I bet Nattitude clogs pool filters.

    • moogro - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:10 PM

      I don’t see johnnysoda post much except for these amazing ath fridays. Secretly Craig trying to see if there is prejudice against his name? ‘Ceps back from self-deportation? I think others have done it before, but I think the job is filled.

  3. pastabelly - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    Cleveland is a fraud team that piles up wins against bad teams and gets beaten to a pulp by good teams.

    • jwbiii - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:44 AM

      Winning pct against >= .500 teams:

      Team    W     L     Pct
      Bos    53    41    .564
      Det    48    40    .545
      Oak    40    34    .541
      TBR    47    49    .490
      Tex    38    40    .487
      Cle    36    52    .409
      Atl    39    24    .619
      Pit    38    34    .528
      LAD    34    31    .523
      StL    39    36    .520
      Cin    35    40    .467

      Hmm. That happened. Does it mean anything? Without doing a correlation with srarrting pitcher quality (did Corey Kluber face Max Scherzer a bunch of times?) I don’t think it means much. But is there.

      • pastabelly - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        @jwbill, thanks for proving that out. I realize that Cleveland is a great story, just not ready for prime time.

      • jwbiii - Sep 28, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        pastabelly, You’re welcome. Nice catch, by the way. One thing that really strikes me about this is the discrepancy in the number of games played against quality opponents. The Dodgers only played 65 (they’re finishing against the Rockies) and the Rays played 98 (Blue Jays for them). The Red Sox (will be 96) are battling the A’s (74) for home field advantage. Gotta love the unbalanced schedules. Or not.

    • theskinsman - Sep 28, 2013 at 4:02 PM

      Fraud teams must have the highest payrolls for a century or so, and wallow in 4th place.

  4. APBA Guy - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Good tune up for the A’s, a confidence builder as they hit a clearly tuned-out King Felix pretty well. El Capitan dialed it up to 94 on the stadium gun, and had solid command.

  5. jwbiii - Sep 28, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Updated playoff percentages:

    Team     FG   B-Pro   Schedule
    TBR*   88.1    91.6   2 @Tor
    Cle*   86.0    78.7   2 @Min
    Tex    25.8    29.8   2 LAA

    Finally, one of the contenders lost. The last few days have been kind of boring on this front.

    Elimination news: The Rangers are down to 2.

    If the Royals sweep the White Sox this weekend then the ChiSox will have their first 100 loss season since 1970.

    *Holds wild card berth

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      I am going to cheer for the Royals to sweep.

  6. Old Gator - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    The Iron Giant has turned it around nicely in September, what with his first arbitration staring him in the face. Three run double to beat the Tiggers last night, who are just tuning up for next week.

    Ah, but here’s an interessin’ piece of news hot on the heels of yesterday’s Larry Beinfest scapegoating. According to the Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel, Turns out Scrooge McLoria negotiated that idiotic contract with bench flop Greg Dobbs that paid him approximately three times what he was worth if you even figure that the Feesh’s .229-hitting very occasional pinch hitter and dogawful first base plugin was worth anything more than a minor league deal and an invitation to spring training. Turns out, better yet, that Scrooge didn’t even tell his general manager about his agreement with Dobbs. I don’t doubt for a minute that Beinfest went home as soon as he had been fired and poured a shot of rum for Jobu.

    • cur68 - Sep 28, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Jobu works in mysterious ways. Beinfest out of Miami is good for baseball: another team that could use his acumen will surely benefit. In the meantime, Loria looks like an ass for landing all that dough on Dobbs. For his part, Dobbs no doubt is giving Jobu a big old smooch right now.

      • Old Gator - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        Yes, but on his what?

      • cur68 - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:28 PM

        Kissin’ Jobu’s ass never hurt Cerrano. Pucker up, Greg!

    • historiophiliac - Sep 28, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      I am really enjoying all the commentary I see about how the Tigers are worried about home field advantage for the playoffs. It’s hilarious. Who believes that nonsense? They know they are playing on the road and they’re not fighting it. They started Perez and Alvarez and put Peralta in the outfield for the first time (oh, hey, guess where Stanton hit to). It was like third stringer night. Miggy and Prince made appearances as gifts to the First Fans, but after that consideration to original feesh followers, they left. As Leyland said: “I just wanted to get a few people off their feet. That’s more important [than winning].” Yeah. So, the official line might be that they are taking the Marlins series seriously, but I can tell you, when you want to know what’s in a dude’s head, watch his actions instead of listening to his words. Or, as Leyland put it: “If you play Jhonny Peralta in left field, you’re saying that you are willing to accept what you get.” Ladies and gents, word of truth from Jimmy Smokes.

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