Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The Braves spoiled Friday night’s Tony La Russa number-retirement ceremony at Busch Stadium by snatching a 9-7 extra-innings win over the Cardinals.

On Saturday evening, they were at it again.

With 25-year-old righty Brandon Beachy holding the defending World Series champions to two hits over six innings and the Atlanta offense attacking St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright for five earned runs on nine hits, the Braves picked up their second straight victory with a convincing 7-2 win.

The Braves are now 21-13 on the year with a +31 run differential that ranks second — only to the Cardinals at +68 — in the National League.

They’ll be looking for a big early-season sweep on Sunday afternoon.

Your Saturday box scores:

Braves 7, Cardinals 2

Cubs 2, Brewers 8

Angels 4, Rangers 2

Mets 9, Marlins 3

Mariners 2, Yankees 6

Rays 3, Orioles 5

Padres 2, Phillies 1

Astros 2, Pirates 5

Indians 1, Red Sox 4

Royals 5, White Sox 0

Blue Jays 2, Twins 1

Nationals 2, Reds 1

Tigers 1, Athletics 3

Giants 5, Diamondbacks 2

Rockies 1, Dodgers 2

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.