Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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Clayton Kershaw was dominant in his 2013 debut last Monday against the division-rival Giants, striking out seven batters over nine shutout innings as part of a 4-0 Dodgers win. On Saturday night against the Pirates he was again extremely effective.

Kershaw went seven scoreless frames, striking out nine batters, issuing only one walk and allowing just two hits. 59 of his 97 pitches were strikes and the Dodgers wound up topping Pittsburgh 1-0.

Kershaw is now 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.44 WHIP and 16/1 K/BB ratio through 16 innings this season.

The 24-year-old left-hander is arbitration-eligible in 2014 but will become a free agent heading into the 2015 campaign. He’s in line for a massive payday.

Your Saturday box scores:

Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 5

Mariners 3, White Sox 4

Nationals 7, Reds 6

Marlins 3, Mets 7

Yankees 4, Tigers 8

Angels 8, Rangers 4

Cardinals 6, Giants 3

Twins 6, Orioles 5

Royals 3, Phillies 4

Diamondbacks 9, Brewers 2

Cubs 5, Braves 6

Athletics 6, Astros 3

Indians 0, Rays 6

Padres 3, Rockies 6

Pirates 0, Dodgers 1

J.D. Martinez tells teams he prefers an outfield role

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Free agent outfielder/slugger J.D. Martinez is reportedly seeking an outfield gig, says Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald. According to Silverman’s sources, Martinez’s suitors have been informed that the veteran slugger would give preference to teams that can offer a corner outfield spot, rather than a DH-only role.

That could spell trouble for the Red Sox, who appear to be Martinez’s biggest suitors so far this offseason. Outfielders Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi are firmly established at the corners, and prior reports from club president Dave Dombrowski suggest that center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is not going anywhere anytime soon (thereby eliminating the possibility of reshuffling the outfield). The DH spot is still wide open for Martinez, who doesn’t seem to be totally closed off to the idea, but any full-time or part-time role on the field is likely off the table at this point.

Of course, the Red Sox aren’t the only ones pursuing Martinez’s services this winter. The 30-year-old slugger has been linked to both the Diamondbacks and Giants in weeks past, and while they have the roster flexibility to accommodate his preferences, they’ll need to clear another massive hurdle: the seven-year, $250 million contract he’s said to be seeking. Both clubs will need to get creative to make such a deal work. The Diamondbacks are rumored to be shopping right-hander Zack Greinke in an attempt to free up some room on their payroll for Martinez, while the Giants appear more inclined to scour the trade market for outfield help than shell out cash for another hefty contract in free agency.