Settling the Score: Saturday’s results


Saturday’s Nationals-Dodgers game had it all.

Nats ace Stephen Strasburg fanned nine batters and yielded just one run over seven stellar frames.

Nats phenom Bryce Harper made his major league debut, tallying his first hit (a double to center), his first RBI (on a sacrifice fly) and showing off his elite arm with a missile from left field to home plate.

But it was baseball’s best all-around player who ultimately stole the show. After being stymied in three at-bats against Strasburg, Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp launched a Tom Gorzelanny pitch deep into the night to give Los Angeles a 4-3 walkoff win in the bottom of the 10th inning at Chavez Ravine. Kemp is now batting .442/.506/.922 with 11 home runs and 24 RBI in 21 games. He’s on another planet, people.

Your Saturday box scores:

Nationals 3, Dodgers 4

Angels 2, Indians 1

Brewers 3, Cardinals 7

Tigers 7, Yankees 5

Mariners 0, Blue Jays 7

Astros 0, Reds 6

Athletics 1, Orioles 10

Cubs 2, Phillies 5

Red Sox 1, White Sox 0

Pirates 4, Braves 2

Diamondbacks 2, Marlins 3

Rays 2, Rangers 7

Mets 7, Rockies 5

Padres 1, Giants 2

Royals, Twins (Postponed)

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.