MLB Friday scores, highlights, updates, news: Darvish shines in Dodger debut

The first weekend of August begins with a full 15-game slate of Friday baseball. Here is our recap of the day in MLB.

Friday's scores

Darvish delivers

The Dodgers made perhaps the biggest splash of the non-waiver trade deadline when they acquired right-hander Yu Darvish from the Rangers. Darvish made his Dodgers debut against the Mets in Queens on Friday night, and it went swimmingly ... 

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Yu Darvish CHC • SP • 11
vs. NYM, 8/4
IP7
H3
R
SO10
BB1

That's the third time this season that Darvish has worked seven scoreless with 10 strikeouts. More digits from this one ... 

Yep, that's delivering. Against the Mets, Darvish had his overstuffed repertoire working. Especially impressive was his curve, which accounted for his first strikeout in a Dodgers uniform ... 

Darvish also proved capable of the single-minded approach. In Amed Rosario's first at-bat of the night, he gave the rookie nothing but fastballs during the span of the eight-pitch encounter (Rosario struck out swinging). 

In all, it was a deeply impressive NL debut for Darvish. Considering how badly he struggled in his last start for Texas, it was also timely in that regard. It's one start, yes, but it's a tantalizing glimpse into what Darvish could mean for the best team in baseball. 

Red Sox walk it off again

For the second time in three games, the Red Sox won via walk-off homer. On Friday night against the White Sox, Mitch Moreland provided the decisive blow in the 11th ... 

That's Boston's fifth walk-off win of the second half and eighth of 2017. The other Sox, meantime, have now lost 17 of 20 since the break while being outscored by 48 runs over that span. 

As for Moreland, that's his 14th homer of the season. 

Brewers' Woodruff impressive in MLB debut

Brewers right-hander Brandon Woodruff was a top-100 overall prospect coming into the season, so expectations were somewhat high when the 24-year-old made his big-league debut against the Rays on Friday. He delivered and then some ... 

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Brandon Woodruff MIL • SP • 53
vs. TB, 8/4
IP6
H7
R
SO6
BB2

And now for some moving pictures ... 

That 2-0 win in tandem with the Cubs' loss earlier on Friday means that the Brewers are now just a half-game behind Chicago in the NL Central. If Woodruff can keep it up, then he'll provide the Brewers with some needed rotation depth, at least until Chase Anderson returns from injury. No matter what the near-term holds, Woodruff's major-league debut was one to remember ... 

Bartolo Colon joins Nolan Ryan

Bartolo Colon started for the Twins on Friday night and put up the following line ... 

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Bartolo Colon TEX • SP • 40
vs. TEX (8/4)
IP9
H9
R4
SO5
BB1

That's a complete game, and that puts Mr. Colon in rare company ... 

Yep, the name of Nolan Ryan has been invoked. Colon's 44, and it's rare enough to still be on a big-league roster at such an advanced baseball age. Rarer still is to twirl a complete game, which Colon hadn't done since 2015. There's also this ... 

And now he's also fellow travelers with Charlie Hough. Colon also becomes the oldest pitcher in Twins history to throw a complete game. Overall, Colon's the oldest to go the distance since Jamie Moyer (age 47) in 2010. 

Overall, Colon's still got pretty bad numbers for the season, so this may indeed be the final weeks and months of his major-league career. If that's the case, then consider this to be nice capstone of sorts. 

Cano hits 500th double

Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano became the 63rd player in MLB history to reach 500 doubles Friday night. Here's the history-making two-bagger ... 

He's the fifth active player to reach that benchmark (he joins Albert Pujols, Adrian Beltre, Carlos Beltran and Miguel Cabrera) and he's just the seventh second baseman to register 500 or more doubles ... 

As you can see, Cano and Jeff Kent are the only ones in that group not in the Hall of Fame. Cano is a much better defender than Kent was, and, unlike Kent, he's widely regarded as a solid clubhouse citizen. Cano also has a very strong shot at getting to 3,000 hits and 400 homers. So, yeah, Cano is going to get a plaque one day, and it'll be very much deserved. 

Stanton ties Judge with 477-foot bomb, then passes him

Very likely, Giancarlo Stanton of the Marlins and Aaron Judge of the Yankees are going to be neck-and-neck for the MLB home-run lead all season. In keeping with that notion, Stanton tied Judge with his 34th crank of the season Friday night against the Braves  ...    

Per Statcast, that one went 477 feet, which makes it Stanton's longest home run of 2017. Also, there's this ... 

Have lumber, will travel in accordance with the schedule. 

Soon thereafter, Stanton hit his 35th the season, and now he's one ahead of Judge for the MLB lead. Stanton has hit nine home runs since the All-Star break, which is the most in baseball. In matters related, he's also now batting .276/.369/.602 on the year with, yes, 35 homers. Your move, Judge. 

Murphy continues Wrigley dominance

Since about August 2015, Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy has been one of the best all-around hitters in baseball. In fact, here's where he ranks among the 121 qualified hitters over the past two calendar years:

  • Batting average: .332 (2nd)
  • On-base percentage: .376 (17th)
  • Slugging percentage: .574 (3rd)
  • OPS: .950 (4th)
  • Strikeout rate: 9.4 percent (1st)

Truly elite performance. Few players combine contact and power like Murphy has the past two years. He doesn't swing and miss, and when he connects, he's hitting the ball with authority. This isn't a slash-and-dash type.

Murphy continued his career-long dominance at Wrigley Field by swatting two home runs against Kyle Hendricks on Friday afternoon. The first was a two-run shot pulled to right field. The second was a solo shot the other way to left. He hits to all fields. Here's the first home run:

How much does Murphy enjoy hitting at the Friendly Confines? This much:

That includes Murphy's MVP performance in the 2015 NLCS, during which he went 9 for 17 (.529) with four home runs in the Mets' four-game sweep of the Cubs. The man is a hitting savant.

Quick hits

  • Alex Rodriguez said his 2014 performance-enhancing drug suspension was "one of the best things that happened in my life" because it helped him get his priorities in order.
  • Rockies SP Kyle Freeland left his Friday start with a left groin strain.
  • As expected, Tigers RHP Justin Verlander has cleared trade waivers, reports the Detroit Free Press. Verlander can now be traded to any team. His no-trade clause and the $56 million on his contract from 2018-19 are significant obstacles, however.
  • Following their trade deadline activity the Nationals are over the luxury tax threshold, reports the Washington Post. The team will have to pay a 20 percent tax on every dollar they spend on player payroll over $195 million this season.
  • Nationals RHP Max Scherzer plans to throw a bullpen session Saturday and start Monday, reports the Washington Post. He left his start with neck spasms earlier this week. Scherzer felt good enough to throw Friday, but the team is being cautious.
  • The Cubs placed SS Addison Russell on the 10-day DL with a foot strain, the team announced. It's unclear how long he will be sidelined. LHP Rob Zastryzny was called up in a corresponding roster move.
  • Rockies RHP Chad Bettis is tentatively scheduled to join the rotation on Aug. 13, reports the Denver Post. Bettis has been out all season while receiving treatment for testicular cancer.
  • The Rays will send struggling LHP Blake Snell to Triple-A on Friday, reports the Tampa Bay Times. Snell has a 4.98 ERA with a 64/41 K/BB in 72 1/3 innings this year. The Rays are 4-10 in his 14 starts.
  • Mets OF Jay Bruce has reportedly cleared waivers and can now be traded. 
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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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