Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The Orioles picked up their fifth consecutive victory on Saturday night, besting the regional-rival Nationals by a score of 6-5 in front of the second-largest crowd in the short history of Nationals Park.

Orioles center fielder Adam Jones led the way, blasting his 14th home run of the season while collecting his 28th and 29th RBI. He now has a .975 OPS and a .310 batting average in 41 games played.

Baltimore is currently 27-14, good enough for a two-game lead in the wacky American League East.

Your Saturday box scores:

Orioles 6, Nationals 5

Reds 6, Yankees 5

Mets 0, Blue Jays 2

Marlins 0, Indians 2

Pirates 4, Tigers 3

Athletics 0, Giants 4

Twins 5, Brewers 4 (11 innings)

Mariners 10, Rockies 3

Braves 2, Rays 5

Diamondbacks 3, Royals 7

White Sox 7, Cubs 4

Rangers 5, Astros 6

Red Sox 7, Phillies 5

Angels 2, Padres 3

Cardinals 0, Dodgers 6

Tigers sign Josh Thole to minors deal

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The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.

Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.

While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.