Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The Giants are in. The Reds are in. Now we wait for the rest of the postseason picture to fully develop.

The Cardinals took a step toward the National League’s second Wild Card spot on Saturday at Wrigley Field, bouncing back from a crushing Friday loss to capture a 5-4 extra-innings victory over the Cubs. Adam Wainwright was shaky, yielding four runs in seven frames, but the bullpen registered zeros and Jason Motte earned his 39th save.

Carlos Beltran hit his 30th homer — a game-tying shot in the top of the ninth inning that sent a charge through the stadium filled mostly with red. The Cardinals’ big free agent acquisition is now batting .286/.375/.446 in September after slumping through August.

St. Louis enters play Sunday with a 2 1/2-game lead over the Brewers in the Wild Card hunt.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Athletics 9, Yankees 10 (14 innings)

Cardinals 5, Cubs 4 (10 innings)

Brewers 4, Nationals 10

Orioles 9, Red Sox 6 (12 innings)

Marlins 3, Mets 4

Twins 0, Tigers 8

Dodgers 0, Reds 6

Braves 8, Phillies 2

Pirates 1, Astros 4

Indians 3, Royals 5

Blue Jays 5, Rays 11

Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 7

Rangers 0, Mariners 1

White Sox 2, Angels 4

Padres 4, Giants 8

Rakuten Golden Eagles sign Jabari Blash

Jabari Blash
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Former Angels outfielder Jabari Blash has signed a one-year deal with the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles of Nippon Professional Baseball, the team announced Friday. Per the Japan Times, the deal is said to be worth around $1.06 million. Blash was released from his contract with the Angels at the end of November.

The 29-year-old outfielder has had a rough go of it in the majors, where he failed to duplicate the promising results he delivered in the minors. While he consistently batted above .250 with 20-30 home runs per season at the Double- and Triple-A level, he petered out in back-to-back gigs with the Padres and Angels and slumped toward a .103/.200/.128 finish across 45 PA for Anaheim in 2018.

The hope, of course, is that the environment in NPB will help him get a better handle on his issues at the plate — in a best case scenario, resulting in a full-scale transformation that could make him more marketable to MLB teams in the future. To that end, Blash expects to be utilized as a cleanup batter in the Eagles’ lineup and will focus on assisting the club as they make a run toward the Japan Series.