Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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It is June 26, 2011. On this date in baseball history, the Cleveland Indians became the first major league club to wear numbered uniforms (1916), the Yankees played the first night game in franchise history (1939), Mel Ott retired (1946), and Edwin Jackson no-hit the Rays on 149 pitches (2010).

Your Saturday box scores:

Rockies 3, Yankees 8

Braves 10, Padres 1

Nationals 0, White Sox 3

Mets 14, Rangers 5

Angels 6, Dodgers 1

Indians 0, Giants 1

Reds 10, Orioles 5

Diamondbacks 0, Tigers 6

Rays 7, Astros 2

Athletics 4, Phillies 1

Red Sox 4, Pirates 6

Cubs 2, Royals 3

Twins 1, Brewers 11

Blue Jays 6, Cardinals 3

Mariners 2, Marlins 4

Royals sign Michael Saunders to a minor-league deal

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Free agent outfielder Michael Saunders has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Royals, the team announced Friday. While the move comes just two days after Saunders agreed to terms with the Pirates, he allegedly asked for his release after the club acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson in a multi-player swap with the Rays on Thursday.

After earning his first spot on an All-Star team in 2016, Saunders followed up a solid campaign with a career-worst performance in 2017. The 31-year-old split the season between the Phillies and Blue Jays’ camps, batting a combined .202/.256/.344 with six home runs and -0.7 fWAR in 234 plate appearances. Although he remained healthy throughout the year, with no sign of the lingering hamstring strain that has plagued him on and off since 2013, he wasn’t productive enough to merit a full-time role on either roster.

With Dickerson slated for a starting role in Pittsburgh, it was unlikely that Saunders would have commanded anything other than a backup role in 2018. Now, however, he’ll compete for playing time amid a slew of outfield options, including Alex Gordon, Cody Asche, Jorge Bonifacio, Tyler Collins and Paulo Orlando.