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It’s the final night of August, meaning it’s time for the playoff races to really heat up. Keep it here for all the latest news, notes, and scores. 

Friday’s scores

Brewers 4, Nationals 1 (box score)
Phillies 2, Cubs 1 in 10 innings (box score)
Yankees 7, Tigers 5 (box score)
Blue Jays 6, Marlins 5 (box score)
Indians 3, Rays 0 (box score)
Pirates 3, Braves 2 (box score)
Twins at Rangers (GameTracker)
Angels 3, Astros 0 (box score)
White Sox 6, Red Sox 1 (box score)
Cardinals 12, Reds 5 (box score)
Royals 9, Orioles 2 (box score)
Athletics 7, Mariners 5 (box score)
Dodgers 3, Diamondbacks 2 (box score)
Padres 7, Rockies 0 (box score)
Giants 7, Mets 0 (box score)

The wild wild NL West

Friday night at Dodger Stadium, the Dodgers and D-Backs met for the second game of their hugely important four-game series. Arizona won the opener Thursday night to increase their division lead over the Dodgers to two games.

On Friday, the Dodgers struck back, thanks to Justin Turner’s go-ahead eighth-inning home run.

Kenley Jansen, who went in Friday’s game having allowed seven runs (including four homers) in his last four appearances and four innings, was able to close the door in the ninth. He did allow a bloop double to Paul Goldschmidt, though it was weakly hit and well-placed along the right field line. Not much Jansen could do there.

With the win the Dodgers are back to being one game behind the D-Backs in the NL West. They also leapfrog the Rockies and into second place in the division. Colorado lost to the Padres for the second straight night to slip into third place. They’re 1 1/2 games behind Arizona. The NL West is where it’s at, folks. This is the best remaining division race by a mile.

Cabrera walks off against Cubs

Big win for the Fightin’ Phils on Friday night. The Phillies went into extra innings against the Cubs, and with the score tied 1-1, trade deadline pickup Asdrubal Cabrera walked it off with a solo homer against Steve Cishek. Check it out:

Cabrera has started slowly with Philadelphia — he went into Friday’s game hitting .218/.259/.345 (59 OPS+) with two homers in 29 games with the Phillies — though he was 7 for 20 (.350) in his previous five games going into Friday’s night.

The win combined with the Braves losing to the Pirates moves the Phillies to within two games of the NL East lead.

Boone fires Yankees up with clever ejection

Through five innings Friday night, the Yankees were being no-hit by Tigers right-hander Jordan Zimmermann, who cut through New York’s lineup with relative ease. So, in an effort to five his squad up, Yankees rookie manager Aaron Boone got ejected and really got his money’s worth. Check it out:

I love it. Remember, Boone’s father Bob caught 19 seasons in the big leagues. Looks like he inherited some innate catching ability. I gotta say though, squatting behind the plate to show the umpire his terrible strike zone is real clever. Points for creativity.

Did Boone’s tirade work? It sure seems like it. The Yankees swatted three home runs in the span of four batters in the next inning, and eventually went on to win the game.

The Yankees are up to an MLB-leading 221 home runs on the season, putting them on pace for 265 homers. The all-time record: 264 homers by the 1997 Mariners. The race is on.

Glasnow dominates, but takes an L

Tough luck loss for Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow on Friday night. He struck out six and allowed two hits in seven innings against the high-powered Indians, but one of those hits was an Edwin Encarnacion solo homer, and that was enough to saddle Glasnow with a loss.

Unfortunately for Glasnow, Corey Kluber was a bit better Friday, throwing seven shutout innings and striking out eight.

Friday was Glasnow’s sixth start since coming over from the Pirates in the Chris Archer trade, and he now owns a 3.23 ERA with 38 strikeouts and 10 walks in 30 2/3 innings with Tampa. Four times in those six starts he’s allowed no more than one earned run. He’s been outstanding.

Archer, meanwhile, has allowed 18 runs in five starts and 22 1/3 innings with Pittsburgh. The early trade returns are decidedly pro-Rays.

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