Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The Tigers are beginning to create some distance again in the American League Central standings.

Anibal Sanchez pitched efficiently in his first start back from the 15-day disabled list and Torii Hunter, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder combined for a total of six RBI as Detroit topped Cleveland 9-4 on Saturday afternoon at Progressive Field. The Tigers are now up 3 1/2 games over the Indians in the hunt for the division title and can push that lead out to 5 1/2 games with a sweep of this four-game series (which will reach its conclusion on Monday night).

The Tigers have scored the second-most runs in the major leagues and their 3.75 staff ERA ranks ninth. Detroit’s +93 run differential is second in the bigs only to the Cardinals, who are currently +121.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Orioles 4, Yankees 5

Twins 6, Blue Jays 0

Athletics 3, Royals 4

Marlins 4, Cardinals 5

Tigers 9, Indians 4

Pirates 1, Cubs 4

Padres 4, Nationals 5

Mariners 4, Reds 13

Mets 6, Brewers 7

Astros 9, Rangers 5

Braves 13, Phillies 4

Dodgers 2, Giants 4

White Sox 0, Rays 3

Red Sox 7, Angels 9  (11 innings)

Rockies 1, Diamondbacks 11

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.