Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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This weekend has been a nightmare for the A’s.

They headed into Anaheim on Thursday for the start of a four-game series with the goal of recapturing the lead in the American League West standings, but runs have been difficult to come by and now the Angels enter play Sunday looking for the sweep.

Saturday’s game was especially frustrating for Oakland. Halos reliever Cory Rasmus made a spot start and seven different pitchers followed, but the A’s managed only three total hits in a 2-0 defeat. That putrid offensive performance spoiled a strong outing from Jeff Samardzija, who allowed just four hits and one earned run over eight innings.

The Angels — despite a relatively quiet trade deadline and the loss of stud starter Garrett Richards — are suddenly four games up on the A’s in the American League West with a month to go.

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

Yankees 0, Blue Jays 2

Tigers 3, White Sox 6 (Game 1)

Cubs 5, Cardinals 1 (Game 1)

Reds 2, Pirates 3

Twins 2, Orioles 3

Indians 3, Royals 2 (11 innings)

Marlins 4, Braves 0

Rangers 0, Astros 2

Phillies 7, Mets 2

Red Sox 0, Rays 7

Tigers 8, White Sox 4 (Game 2)

Rockies 2, Diamondbacks 0

Cubs 2, Cardinals 13 (Game 2)

Dodgers 1, Padres 2 (10 innings)

Athletics 0, Angels 2

Brewers 1, Giants 3

Nationals 3, Mariners 1

Angels sign Zack Cozart to a three-year, $38 million deal

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels have signed infielder Zack Cozart to a three-year, $38 million deal.

That seems like a bargain deal for Cozart, who hit .297/.385/.548 with 24 homers and 63 RBI as the Cincinnati Reds shortstop in 2017. In Anaheim, however, he will not be playing short — not with Andrelton Simmons around — so he’ll slide over to third base. He’s never played there, but you figure he can handle it.

This is a pretty nifty move for the Angels, as the other top third base options — specifically, Mike Moustakas — are likely going to cost a lot more than what they’ll be paying Cozart.

Between this, the Ian Kinsler trade and the Shohei Ohtani acquisition, the Angels are going to be sporting a very different look in 2018.