Settling the score: Friday’s results

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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

Tigers sign Edwin Espinal to minor league deal

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Free agent first baseman Edwin Espinal has signed a minor league deal with the Tigers, the infielder announced Saturday. The move has yet to be confirmed by the team.

Espinal, 23, capped a seven-year run with the Pirates’ minor league affiliates in 2017. He split his season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, batting a cumulative .294/.327/.447 with 15 home runs and 31 doubles in 532 plate appearances. While he’s raked at nearly every level so far, he also profiles well on defense, and rounded off his 2017 performance with a perfect fielding percentage, 208 putouts and a Gold Glove award.

Espinal is untested at the major league level and it’s not yet clear if he’ll make the jump in 2018. He showed some positional versatility during his time in the minors, however, and could take reps at third base or DH if necessary. The Tigers are reportedly on the lookout for pitching depth and left-handed bats — two bills the right-handed Espinal doesn’t fit — and presumably have a lot of moves left to make this winter.