Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The Orioles picked up their fifth consecutive victory on Saturday night, besting the regional-rival Nationals by a score of 6-5 in front of the second-largest crowd in the short history of Nationals Park.

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones led the way, blasting his 14th home run of the season while collecting his 28th and 29th RBI. He now has a .975 OPS and a .310 batting average in 41 games played.

Baltimore is currently 27-14, good enough for a two-game lead in the wacky American League East.

Your Saturday box scores:

Orioles 6, Nationals 5

Reds 6, Yankees 5

Mets 0, Blue Jays 2

Marlins 0, Indians 2

Pirates 4, Tigers 3

Athletics 0, Giants 4

Twins 5, Brewers 4 (11 innings)

Mariners 10, Rockies 3

Braves 2, Rays 5

Diamondbacks 3, Royals 7

White Sox 7, Cubs 4

Rangers 5, Astros 6

Red Sox 7, Phillies 5

Angels 2, Padres 3

Cardinals 0, Dodgers 6

Al Avila on trading Ian Kinsler: “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged.”

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Tigers GM Al Avila said on Tuesday, via MLB.com’s Jason Beck, that there’s been significant headway made in the quest to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler. He said, “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged. We just can’t agree.”

Kinsler, 35, is in the last year of his contract with the Tigers, earning $10 million for this coming season. In 2017, the veteran batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 613 plate appearances.

It’s not known yet which team (or teams) have gotten far in discussions with the Tigers, but the Angels have been suggested as a good fit given their need for a second baseman.