Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The Nationals keep winning in all sorts of ways.

On Saturday evening in D.C. it was Jayson Werth playing the role of hero with a game-tying solo home run in the bottom of the ninth inning following a rain delay of nearly three hours. Corey Brown then iced the victory in the 10th inning on a walkoff RBI single that scored Ian Desmond easily from third base.

Washington now boasts a record of 86-53 with a winning percentage of .619 that ranks first in MLB.

The Nats will try for their 87th victory on Sunday with right-hander Edwin Jackson on the bump vs. Miami.

They currently have a 6 1/2-game lead over the Braves in the National League East standings.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Marlins 6, Nationals 7 (10 innings)

Royals 4, White Sox 5

Braves 11, Mets 3

Dodgers 3, Giants 2

Yankees 4, Orioles 5

Cubs 4, Pirates 3

Indians 0, Twins 3

Astros 1, Reds 5

Rangers 4, Rays 2 (10 innings)

Brewers 6, Cardinals 3

Diamondbacks 8, Padres 5

Tigers 1, Angels 6

Blue Jays 9, Red Sox 2

Athletics 6, Mariners 1

Royals sign Drew Storen to minor league deal

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The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.

Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.

While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.