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Video: David Ross throws a perfect inning

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Cubs backup catcher David Ross was called on to pitch the final inning of Saturday night’s 12-4 loss to the Brewers, and he retired all three batters he faced. Here’s the third out …

For all the position player talent streaming into the north side of Chicago, the pitching staff has a combined 4.38 ERA. And the bullpen’s combined ERA is 4.52. Probably not gonna cut it in a tough division.

Jarrod Parker diagnosed with fractured medial epicondyle in elbow, another surgery imminent

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More terrible news for A’s starter Jarrod Parker.

Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported late Saturday night — or, more accurately, early Sunday morning — that the 26-year-old right-hander has been diagnosed with a fractured medial epicondyle in his pitching elbow. That’s the bone where one end of his Tommy John surgery graft is attached. Surgery is said to be imminent, and it could very well be another Tommy John procedure.

Parker suffered the fracture Friday in a rehab start at Triple-A Nashville. It was his fourth minor league rehab outing, and he was maybe a week or two from returning to the A’s starting rotation after missing all of 2014 following his second Tommy John surgery.

Parker was the ninth overall pick in the 2007 MLB Amateur Draft out of an Indiana high school and had registered a promising 3.68 ERA and 1.237 WHIP over his first 384 major league innings. What a shame.

Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The hottest team in MLB is … the Minnesota Twins?

Torii Hunter went 3-for-5 with a solo shot and three runs scored Saturday as the Twins collected their fourth straight victory with a 7-4 defeat of the host Indians. Minnesota has now won nine of its last 10 and will carry a surprising 18-13 record into Sunday’s series finale at Progressive Park in Cleveland.

Regression is probably coming, but the Twins did have five prospects in Baseball America’s latest Top 100: Byron Buxton (No. 2), Miguel Sano (No. 13), Jose Berrios (No. 36), Nick Gordon (No. 61), Alex Meyer (No. 62). Buxton has been on a tear at Double-A Chattanooga and Sano has long been considered one of the premier young sluggers in the minors.

Hope, for a franchise and a fanbase that has suffered through four consecutive 90-plus-loss seasons.

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

Orioles 6, Yankees 2

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 7

Royals 6, Tigers 2

Braves 6, Nationals 8

Twins 7, Indians 4

Reds 10, White Sox 4 (Game 1)

Rangers 2, Rays 7

Mets 3, Phillies 2

Cardinals 5, Pirates 7

Cubs 4, Brewers 12

Reds 2, White Sox 8 (Game 2)

Astros 6, Angels 5

Padres 6, Diamondbacks 4 (12 innings)

Marlins 6, Giants 2

Athletics 2, Mariners 7

J.J. Hardy could join the Orioles on Thursday

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Rich Dubroff of CSNBaltimore.com has the update

J.J. Hardy could return to the Orioles on Thursday when they begin a series against the Yankees, manager Buck Showalter said.

Hardy, who has been on the disabled list with a strained left shoulder, is scheduled to play his third rehab game for Bowie on Wednesday night. He was 3-for-8 in the first two games.

Hardy was placed on the disabled list before Opening Day after suffering a strained left shoulder in one of the Orioles’ final Grapefruit League games. The hope was that he’d be ready for activation when first eligible — on April 11 — but a couple of minor setbacks prevented that from happening. Everth Cabrera has been serving as Baltimore’s primary shortstop. He entered play Wednesday with a brutal .213/.226/.238 batting line in 22 games.

George Springer placed on 7-day concussion disabled list

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Astros right fielder George Springer made a stellar catch on Tuesday night against the right-field wall at Minute Maid Park, but he looked dazed afterward and is now being placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list, per the team’s Twitter account.

Preston Tucker has been promoted from Triple-A Fresno to give Houston some needed outfield depth and shortstop Jed Lowrie has been shifted from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day disabled list to open a 40-man roster spot for Tucker. Lowrie will be out until after the All-Star break with a thumb injury.

Concussions come with a range of severities and recovery timetables, so it’s not worth speculating when Springer might be back. The 25-year-old former first-round pick carried big-time hype into 2015 after tallying 20 home runs and 51 RBI in 78 games last season as a rookie. Springer is batting just .192/.311/.374 in 27 games this season, though he does have four home runs, 10 stolen bases, and 14 runs scored.