Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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Matt Carpenter drew a walk, Kolten Wong singled, Matt Holliday singled, and Matt Adams homered as the Cardinals plated four runs before Dodgers starter Zack Greinke could even record an out Saturday in an eventual 4-2 victory at a sold-out Busch Stadium.

St. Louis starter Joe Kelly cruised on the back of that big early lead, yielding just four hits, one walk, and one run over seven strong innings. And flame-throwing closer Trevor Rosenthal closed it out for his 30th save, which is tied for the major league lead.

The Cardinals are now tied with the Brewers — who got blown out by the Nationals on Saturday night in Washington, D.C. — for first place in the National League Central standings. The Reds and Pirates are both 2 1/2 games back. Let’s get weird.

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

Reds 1, Yankees 7

Indians 6, Tigers 2 (Game 1)

Rangers 1, Blue Jays 4

Dodgers 2, Cardinals 4

Brewers 3, Nationals 8

Rockies 2, Pirates 3 (11 innings)

Indians 5, Tigers 2 (Game 2)

Royals 1, Red Sox 2

Astros 3, White Sox 4

Rays 5, Twins 1

Phillies 2, Braves 1

Giants 5, Marlins 3

Cubs 3, Diamondbacks 9

Mets 0, Padres 6

Orioles 8, Athletics 4

Mariners 3, Angels 2

Report: Giants in “serious discussions” with Reds to acquire Billy Hamilton

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Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Giants are engaged in “serious discussions” with the Reds to acquire center fielder Billy Hamilton. Talks are apparently advanced enough that a deal could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday.

It’s no secret that the Giants would like to make an upgrade in the outfield this offseason, as the club has also been linked to Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. Currently, the Giants’ outfield consists of Denard Span, Hunter Pence, and Jarrett Parker.

Hamilton, 27, owns a meager .248/.298/.334 batting line across parts of five seasons in the majors with the Reds. However, he has plenty of speed, having stolen at least 56 bases in each of the last four seasons. Hamilton is also well-regarded for his defense, which would be a boon at spacious AT&T Park.

Hamilton is in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He’s projected to earn $5 million for this coming season. Buchanan notes that the Rangers are also interested in potentially acquiring Hamilton.