Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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Are we in for another second-half Pirates collapse?

A.J. Burnett allowed five runs — two earned — on 10 hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings Saturday as the Bucs fell 5-4 to the Reds, dropping a second straight game at Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park. Pittsburgh is now 0-2 since the All-Star break and 5-9 since the 81-game mark. It’ll be Jeff Locke vs. Homer Bailey in the series finale on Sunday.

The Pirates were in first place in the National League Central on July 25, 2011 before finishing 72-90. They were in first place on July 18, 2012 and then wound up 79-83. Right now they trail the Cardinals by two games and counting.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Rays 4, Blue Jays 3

Phillies 4, Mets 5

Yankees 5, Red Sox 2

Braves 6, White Sox 10

Pirates 4, Reds 5

Tigers 5, Royals 6

Marlins 0, Brewers 6

Indians 2, Twins 3

Mariners 4, Astros 2

Padres 5, Cardinals 3

Dodgers 3, Nationals 1

Cubs 3, Rockies 9

Orioles 7, Rangers 4

Athletics 0, Angels 2

Diamondbacks 3, Giants 4

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.