Settling the Score: Saturday’s results


Rays designated hitter Johnny Damon went 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in a 6-2 defeat of the Blue Jays on Saturday evening in Tampa Bay.

A few hours earlier, up north at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers put a 9-1 hurting on a Red Sox team that has now played 5-17 ball in September.

As noted by ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes, the 1962 Mets lost a whopping 120 games and still went 6-18 over the final month of the regular season.

The Rays are now just 1.5 games back in the American League Wild Card standings with four contests to play. It’s a race that will go down to the wire.

Your Saturday box scores:

Red Sox 1, Yankees 9

Blue Jays 2, Rays 6

Twins 2, Indians 8 (Game 1)

Braves 1, Nationals 4

Cubs 1, Cardinals 2

Mariners 3, Rangers 7

Phillies 1, Mets 2 (Game 1)

Orioles 6, Tigers 5

Twins 6, Indians 7 (Game 2)

Reds 3, Pirates 4

Royals 3, White Sox 6

Blue Jays 2, Rays 6

Marlins 4, Brewers 6

Phillies 3, Mets 6 (Game 2)

Rockies 4, Astros 2 (13 innings)

Athletics 1, Angels 4

Giants 2, Diamondbacks 15

Dodgers 0, Padres 3

Justin Turner suffers broken wrist after being hit by a pitch

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.

Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.

Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.