Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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Rays designated hitter Johnny Damon went 3-for-3 with a home run and four RBI in a 6-2 defeat of the Blue Jays on Saturday evening in Tampa Bay.

A few hours earlier, up north at Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Bombers put a 9-1 hurting on a Red Sox team that has now played 5-17 ball in September.

As noted by ESPN Boston’s Gordon Edes, the 1962 Mets lost a whopping 120 games and still went 6-18 over the final month of the regular season.

The Rays are now just 1.5 games back in the American League Wild Card standings with four contests to play. It’s a race that will go down to the wire.

Your Saturday box scores:

Red Sox 1, Yankees 9

Blue Jays 2, Rays 6

Twins 2, Indians 8 (Game 1)

Braves 1, Nationals 4

Cubs 1, Cardinals 2

Mariners 3, Rangers 7

Phillies 1, Mets 2 (Game 1)

Orioles 6, Tigers 5

Twins 6, Indians 7 (Game 2)

Reds 3, Pirates 4

Royals 3, White Sox 6

Blue Jays 2, Rays 6

Marlins 4, Brewers 6

Phillies 3, Mets 6 (Game 2)

Rockies 4, Astros 2 (13 innings)

Athletics 1, Angels 4

Giants 2, Diamondbacks 15

Dodgers 0, Padres 3

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.

Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.

Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.