Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The Rangers it again on Saturday afternoon, riding Josh Hamilton’s four-RBI performance and a solid first career start from Martin Perez to a 7-2 victory over the Athletics at a sold-out Ballpark in Arlington.

Hamilton is now batting .319 with a 1.038 OPS, 25 home runs and a league-leading 74 RBI. And Perez looks capable of serving as a reliable rotation fill-in while Texas’ regulars battle through health issues.

The Rangers are on a five-game winning streak and are the first team this season to reach the 50-win plateau. They’ve won seven straight season series and 17 of their last 21 games. And there’s no refuge in sight for the rest of the major leagues.

Your Saturday recaps and box scores:

Athletics 2, Rangers 7

White Sox 0, Yankees 4

Angels 2, Blue Jays 11

Royals 2, Twins 7 (Game 1)

Pirates 7, Cardinals 3

Indians 11, Orioles 5

Nationals 5, Braves 7

Astros 2, Cubs 3

Reds 2, Giants 1

Phillies 2, Marlins 3

Diamondbacks 2, Brewers 10

Mets 5, Dodgers 0

Padres 8, Rockies 4

Tigers 6, Rays 2

Royals 1, Twins 5 (Game 2)

Red Sox 2, Mariners 3 (11 innings)

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.