The largest division lead in baseball still belongs to the Braves, who have won 14 of their last 15 games and currently boast a 14 1/2-game lead over the Nationals in the NL East standings. The second-largest division lead belongs to the Tigers.
Anibal Sanchez tossed seven solid innings, Miguel Cabrera launched his 35th home run of the season and Torii Hunter drove in four as Detroit rolled to a 9-3 victory Saturday at Yankee Stadium. With the Indians dropping a sixth straight game and the Royals also losing, the Tigers’ lead in the American League Central has now climbed to eight games.
The Tigers also own by far the largest run differential in the majors at +156.
St. Louis is second at +136 and Atlanta (+125) currently ranks third.
Your Saturday recaps and box scores:
Tigers 9, Yankees 3
Athletics 4, Blue Jays 5
Twins 4, White Sox 5
Rays 0, Dodgers 5
Orioles 2, Giants 3
Angels 7, Indians 2
Phillies 5, Nationals 8
Red Sox 5, Royals 3
Marlins 1, Braves 0
Padres 3, Reds 1
Rangers 5, Astros 4
Cubs 6, Cardinals 5
Pirates 4, Rockies 6
Mets 4, Diamondbacks 1
Brewers 10, Mariners 0
With last Wednesday’s start against the Yankees, Mariners hurler Hisashi Iwakuma pushed his 2016 innings total up to 2016. That clears the 162-inning hurdle for his 2017 option to vest at $14 million. However, as Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors reports, the language in Iwakuma’s contract also stipulates that the right-hander finish the season without suffering a specific injury.
Iwakuma, 35, was in agreement with the Dodgers on a three-year contract back in December but failed the physical, which nullified the deal. He ended up signing with the Mariners on a one-year, $12 million deal with a full no-trade clause and club options for 2017 and ’18 that vest at specific inning thresholds (162 each or 324 for both seasons).
This season, Iwakuma has stayed healthy, making 26 starts to the tune of a 14-9 record, a 3.81 ERA and a 118/36 K/BB ratio in 163 innings.
Marlins outfielder Ichiro Suzuki deposited a single to left-center field in the fourth inning of Monday night’s game against the Mets, then added a double to center field in the eighth. Those mark hits No. 3,010 and 3,011 for Suzuki in his major league career, tying and then moving past Wade Boggs for sole possession of 27th on baseball’s all-time hits list.
Suzuki would come around to score on a double by Xavier Scruggs to break a scoreless tie in the eighth.
Here’s the video of Ichiro’s first hit.
By the end of the season, Suzuki will have presumably moved ahead of Rafael Palmeiro (26th; 3,020) and Lou Brock (25th; 3,023).
Suzuki was 2-for-4 after the double. With baseball’s fifth month nearly complete, the 42-year-old is currently batting .298/.371/.373.