Settling the score: Friday’s results


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

Royals sign Clay Buchholz to minor league deal

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Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports reports that the Royals have signed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a minor league deal. Buchholz will earn a $1.5 million salary if he makes the club’s major league roster and can earn an additional $250,000 through incentives. Buchholz has an opt-out date set for May 1, which means if he isn’t on the Royals’ 25-man roster by then, he can request his release.

Buchholz, 33, was acquired by the Phillies from the Red Sox in December 2016, but he made only two starts before an MRI revealed he had a partial tear of his right flexor pronator mass. He underwent surgery in April and missed the rest of the season.

The Royals recently lost Jesse Hahn, who was diagnosed with a sprained right UCL. Buchholz would likely be in consideration for a rotation spot if another starter were to suffer an injury. Presently, the Royals’ rotation appears set with Danny Duffy, Ian Kennedy, Jason Hammel, Jake Junis, and Nate Karns.