Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The Astros aren’t the most lethal of opponents, but we caught a glimpse of vintage Tim Lincecum on Saturday night in San Francisco. And it was good.

The Giants right-hander yielded just five hits over eight scoreless innings, racking up 11 strikeouts while issuing just one walk. He needed 114 pitches and his velocity declined steadily over the course of the evening, but Lincecum battled through all that and handed a 2-0 lead to closer Santiago Casilla.

Casilla blew the save, but backup catcher Hector Sanchez picked him up in the 12th inning with a walkoff RBI single that scored Pablo Sandoval.

Lincecum lowered his ERA from 6.42 to 5.93. He’ll take on the Phillies in his next scheduled outing.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Angels 3, Yankees 5

Diamondbacks 1, Cubs 4

Indians 9, Blue Jays 11

Tigers 6, Orioles 8 (13 innings)

Mets 7, Braves 8

Cardinals 2, Reds 3 (10 innings)

White Sox 3, Royals 6

Pirates 6, Brewers 4

Athletics 9, Twins 3

Nationals 1, Marlins 2

Red Sox 3, Rays 5

Phillies 8, Rockies 5

Rangers 0, Mariners 7

Padres 7, Dodgers 6

Astros 2, Giants 3 (12 innings)

2017 Preview: The American League East

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League East

Boston may have the most talent and, in Mookie Betts, the best player. The Yankees have the best farm system. Baltimore has all the dingers and the best closer. Toronto may have the best collection of heels, at least in the view of fans of the other AL East teams.  The Rays have the best . . . hmm. I’ll get back to you on that.

Anyway, here are our previews for the American League East:

Boston Red Sox
Toronto Blue Jays
Baltimore Orioles
New York Yankees
Tampa Bay Rays

Steven Matz likely to start season on DL; Zack Wheeler to adhere to innings limit

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Mets manager Terry Collins said on Wednesday, “It’s unlikely that [Steven Matz] will start the season with us.” The final spot in the Mets’ starting rotation will go to either Zack Wheeler or Seth Lugo, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports.

On Wheeler’s innings limit, assistant GM John Ricco said, “There’s going to be some number but we don’t exactly know what that is.” Wheeler missed the last two seasons after undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Neither Wheeler nor Lugo have had terrific springs as each carries a 5.11 and 5.56 Grapefruit League ERA, respectively. However, Carig notes that Wheeler has impressed simply by appearing healthy and brandishing a fastball that once again sits in the mid- to high-90’s. Lugo, meanwhile, proved crucial to the Mets last year, posting a 2.67 ERA across eight starts and nine relief appearances.