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

Report: Red Sox expected to hire Alex Cora after World Series

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Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox have offered a contract to Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora, though the deal won’t be officially announced until the conclusion of the World Series later this month. Cora has long been a favorite for the Sox’ managerial vacancy, and despite reports that he was being pursued by the Tigers, Mets, Phillies and Nationals, he’s expected to land in Boston after all. The team has yet to verify the report.

The deal is for three years, per the Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal. Cora is coming off of a one-year gig with the Astros and has no prior managerial experience. More importantly, however, he stands out for his familiarity with the Red Sox’ organization, strong connection with players and analytics-driven approach.

The Red Sox are the second team to replace their manager this offseason after the Tigers snatched up Ron Gardenhire on Friday. The Mets, Phillies and Nationals are still hunting for replacements.