Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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Because the Cardinals have been just as hot and currently hold the top spot in the National League Central standings, the Reds’ run of success over the past couple of weeks has flown somewhat under the radar.

Cincinnati was at it again on Saturday evening at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park, routing the host Phillies by a score of 10-0. Joey Votto reached base in all six of his plate appearances, pushing his batting line to .346/.473/.531. Bronson Arroyo tossed 7 2/3 scoreless innings and now has a 1.86 ERA in three May starts. Even Jay Bruce, who had well-documented struggles in April, is starting to come alive this month with a .999 OPS and 16 RBI in 14 games.

The Reds, 26-17 overall, have won 13 of their last 17 games and trail St. Louis by only a game and a half in the NL Central. That should be an excellent back-and-forth all year.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Mariners 4, Indians 5

Blue Jays 2, Yankees 7

Mets 2, Cubs 8

Rays 10, Orioles 6

White Sox 9, Angels 12

Reds 10, Phillies 0

Astros 4, Pirates 2 (11 innings)

Red Sox 12, Twins 5

Dodgers 1, Braves 3

Diamondbacks 1, Marlins 0

Brewers 6, Cardinals 4 (10 innings)

Tigers 2, Rangers 7

Giants 2, Rockies 10

Nationals 1, Padres 2

Royals 1, Athletics 2

Giants sign Austin Jackson to two-year, $6 million contract

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The Giants announced on Monday night the signing of outfielder Austin Jackson. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, it’s a two-year, $6 million deal with performance incentives that allow Jackson to earn up to an additional $2.5 million for a total of $8.5 million.

Jackson, who soon turns 31 years old, spent last season with the Indians. In 318 plate appearances, he hit .318/.387/.482 with seven home runs, 35 RBI, and 46 runs scored.

The Giants have been on the hunt for a center fielder and Jackson addresses that need relatively cheaply. Jackson will join Hunter Pence and newcomer Andrew McCutchen in the outfield.