Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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Another day, another impressive Nats victory.

Saturday’s starter Edwin Jackson needed only 92 total pitches to get through nine innings of one-run ball as Washington grabbed a 4-1 victory over the visiting Reds at an energized Nationals Park.

E-Jax, who was signed to a team-friendly one-year, $11 million free agent contract this winter, struck out nine batters and issued just one walk. The Nats sit alone atop the National League East standings with a 7-2 record and seem poised to remain competitive all summer on the back of their suddenly imposing starting rotation — which has drawn an excellent nickname in “K Street.”

Your Saturday box scores:

Reds 1, Nationals 4

Astros 5, Marlins 4

Brewers 1, Braves 2

Indians 11, Royals 9 (10 innings)

Tigers 1, White Sox 5

Orioles 6, Blue Jays 4

Mets 5, Phillies 0

Rays 5, Red Sox 13

Rangers 6, Twins 2

Cubs 1, Cardinals 5

Angels 7, Yankees 1

Athletics 0, Mariners 4

Padres 1, Dodgers 6

Pirates 3, Giants 4

Diamondbacks 7, Rockies 8

Rays trade Jake Odorizzi to Twins

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The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.

With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.

Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.