Settling the Score: Saturday’s results


It is July 3. On this date in baseball history, the first Sunday game was played at Fenway Park (1932), Larry Doby broke the American League color barrier in the American League (1947), Indians ace Luis Tiant struck out a career-high 19 batters in a 10-inning complete game victory (1968), and Twins DH Jim Thome passed Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew with his 574th career home run (2010).

Your Saturday box scores:

Phillies 5, Blue Jays 3

Pirates 5, Nationals 3 (Game 1)

White Sox 1, Cubs 0

Indians 3, Reds 1

Yankees 5, Mets 2

Giants 15, Tigers 3

Red Sox 10, Astros 4

Brewers 8, Twins 7

Pirates 3, Nationals 4 (Game 2)

Orioles 4, Braves 5

Cardinals 1, Rays 5

Marlins 9, Rangers 5

Royals 6, Rockies 9

Dodgers 1, Angels 7

Diamondbacks 4, A’s 2

Padres 1, Mariners 0

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.