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Settling the Score: Friday’s results

May 3, 2014, 8:57 AM EDT

Ubaldo Jimenez AP AP

Ubaldo Jimenez has had a pretty rough start to the season, but he showed last night why the Orioles were willing to give him a four-year, $50 million contract over the winter. In addition to tossing 7 1/3 scoreless innings in a 3-0 victory over the Twins, he struck out a season-high 10 batters. It was his first win with Baltimore.

One of the most encouraging signs of all for Jimenez was that he only issued one walk. The veteran right-hander had allowed 17 free passes in 27 1/3 innings coming into Friday’s outing. He still owns an ugly 5.19 ERA for the year, but it was a step in the right direction.

As for Nelson Cruz, the Orioles’ other big offseason acquisition, he just keeps on rolling. He blasted a two-run homer off Ricky Nolasco last night and is now batting .297/.377/.594 with eight home runs and 27 RBI through 26 games.

With the Yankees’ loss last night, the Orioles currently sit in first-place in the American League East at 15-12.

Your Friday box scores:

Orioles 3, Twins 0

White Sox 5, Indians 12

Cardinals 5, Cubs 6

Rays 10, Yankees 5 (14 innings)

Mets 3, Rockies 10

Nationals 5, Phillies 3

Athletics 1, Red Sox 7

Blue Jays 5, Pirates 6

Tigers 8, Royals 2

Brewers 2, Reds 0

Mariners 4, Astros 5 (11 innings)

Dodgers 3, Marlins 6

Rangers 5, Angels 2

Giants 2, Braves 1

Diamondbacks 2, Padres 0

  1. renaado - May 3, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    4 games and countin, Braves better snap this soon. Still a wonderful pitchin duel to see, Minor pitched great since coming of the DL allowing no walks givin up 2 runs (both homeruns) strikin out 4. Timmy pitching on the mound that time is definitely a wonderful sight to see. Good to see both guys doin magnificently.

    • goskinsvt - May 3, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      it’s called ‘regression to the mean’

      • renaado - May 3, 2014 at 11:36 AM

        Mind tellin me what that is?

      • jwbiii - May 3, 2014 at 1:45 PM

        I’ll try. It’s a statistics concept. If a first measurement seems to be very high or very low, it probably is and subsequent measurements will tend to more towards an average, or mean, value.

        In this case, I think goskinsvt’s point is that Tim Lincecum is a good pitcher. He has had some rough games early in the season, but will finish the season with an ERA much lower than 5.

        You can also apply it on a team basis. The Brewers are off to a very good start. They will probably not win 115 games this year. That doesn’t mean they are not a good team and they very well could give the Cardinals and Reds a good run in the NL Central throughout the season. Should be fun, like the Cardinals/Reds/Pirates race was last season.

  2. proudlycanadian - May 3, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    When Sergio Sanchez came into the game in the bottom of the 9th to protect a 2 run lead, I had a moment of dread and turned off the TV. I did not want to watch the impending disaster. After 3 badly blown saves and a 10.61 era, it is time to dump Santos. As Casey Jansen is about 2 weeks away from being ready to pitch, I would suggest using McGowan as the closer and replacing McGowan in the rotation. As paperlions is aware, the Jays have a fine rotation in Triple A Buffalo. Liam Hendricks has a 1.26 era, Sean Nolin has a 1.56 era and Marcus Stroman has a 1.69 era. The other Buffalo starters are Romero (3.60) and Drabek (4.74). I would like to see both Stroman and Nolin added to the rotation with Morrow also being relegated to the pen. Hendricks projects more as a long reliever. Down in Double A Aaron Sanchez has a 2.10 era and on the high Single A team, Daniel Norris has a 0.60 era.

    • Old Gator - May 3, 2014 at 10:06 AM

      Not quite as nervous as I was when the Feesh trotted prion vector Carlos Marmol from the boolpen to face the Bums with a six run lead in the top of the eighth last night. Sure enough, the upshot of it all was that the Feesh had to bring in Steve Cishek in the ninth after Marmol coughed up two runs on two hits and a walk in the course of facing four batters. Cishek gave up a double and a run to Miguel Olivo and found himself in a situation with a guy on, one out and Puig in the hole – the potential tying run in what had been a blowout until four outs ago. And this against a team that had just played a double header and landed their redeye at Macondo Internacional at seven thirty in the morning. Puig, by the way, misplayed a couple of fly ball outs into, respectively, a double to Jones and a bloop you-take-it, no you-take-it single to Reed Johnson. Both figured in Feesh scoring.

      The Feesh gave their sign stealer from last night an evening orf, and used one of the salsa go-go dancers from the Clevelander instead. All things considered, she did a pretty good job. The Rainbow Warriors managed to levitate a notch above the strange attractor, which continues to tug at them from below with gossamer reality waves. Tonight, look for the well rested Dodgers to be plenty pissed orf about last night. They send Maholm against the supposedly recuperated Jacob Turner, who returns from the DL. Feesh sent Dan Jennings back to New Orleans to learn how to give up fly balls that die in the outfield instead of the seats.

    • happytwinsfan - May 3, 2014 at 10:06 AM

      Hopefully this time will be different, but several times Liam Hendriks had extended success at triple A, was called up by the Twins and for some reason didn’t translate to the next level.

    • moogro - May 3, 2014 at 3:00 PM

      Sanchez. Santos. Ty, Frank, whatever…

      • proudlycanadian - May 3, 2014 at 3:01 PM

        Thanks. I was so livid that I couldn’t even spell his name.

  3. janessa31888 - May 3, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    WHAT???!!!!! The tribe scored twelve runs??!!! They’ve used up their allotment for the next two weeks in one game. The White Sox pitchers must have been distracted or something.

    • proudlycanadian - May 3, 2014 at 10:36 AM

      Were the Indians stealing the White Sox signs in this game or was Danks just terrible?

  4. penguins87and71 - May 3, 2014 at 10:58 AM

    Great comeback from the Pirates last night, hopefully thats get them on a roll, because they really need it.

    • nbjays - May 3, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      It doesn’t count as a true comeback when the opposing “closer” is pitching BP to you in the bottom of the ninth. Him striking out Cutch was an anomaly.

      Sergio Santos needs to realize that when your best pitch is a fastball with little movement, throwing it belt high in the middle of the plate is a bad thing. John Gibbons needs to realize that Sergio Santos is NOT closer material.

  5. historiophiliac - May 3, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    Nelly Cruz’s shot hit the Upper Roooooooom, y’all.

  6. yankeesfanlen - May 3, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    After going 0-7 last night and destroying very attempted rally with two outs, Beep Beep should forfeit all future gift baskets.

    • indaburg - May 3, 2014 at 11:25 AM

      First time in the Captain’s career that he’s gone 0 for 7. Getting old is no fun.

  7. historiophiliac - May 3, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Somebody pinch me! When did Porcello get good? It’s so confusing. I am not used to seeing so many W’s for him. Sure, he gave up runs early, but then retires 12 in a row? Porcello? Please don’t implode. Please don’t implode. Please don’t implode.

    • nbjays - May 3, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      Don’t fret, Historio, you’ll always have Phil Coke to do the imploding for you.

      • historiophiliac - May 3, 2014 at 6:25 PM

        Thanks for that pinch. Pbbblt!

  8. indaburg - May 3, 2014 at 11:37 AM

    I can’t imagine how tired the Rays pitching staff is. In the past two days, they’ve pitched 32 innings, used 16 pitchers, and thrown 564 pitches. Crazy.

  9. 700levelvet - May 3, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Hands down … Willie Mays is the greatest 5 tool player who ever lived …

  10. jrocknstuff - May 3, 2014 at 12:21 PM

    Jimenez usually heats up with the weather. If you look at his monthly splits he’s a terrible March/April pitcher. With the exception of his one killer season in Colorado, Jimenez has always been more of a second-half pitcher.

  11. APBA Guy - May 3, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    The A’s were chastised last night as Buchholz regained his 2013 form. Pedey’s blast sealed it, but the game was never really in doubt. A’s starter has an amazingly bad stat for 2014: 36% of all fastballs are located down the middle, resulting in 7 HR’s surrendered already.

  12. jimeejohnson - May 3, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    That loser who manipulates thumbs is off today.

    • Old Gator - May 3, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      Nope, he’s just shaking hands with a President somewhere….

      • happytwinsfan - May 3, 2014 at 2:27 PM

        A “former President”, it would have to be W, Jimmy and even 41 wouldn’t let him anywhere near.

      • happytwinsfan - May 3, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        Or Bubba, he’ll shake anybody’s hand.

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