Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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There was significant movement Saturday in Major League Baseball’s divisional and Wild Card races.

The Yankees failed to capitalize on several scoring chances, falling 3-2 to the Blue Jays. The Orioles, meanwhile, bested the Red Sox by a score 4-3. There’s now a tie atop the American League East.

The Tigers rode another fine outing by Justin Verlander to a 6-4 win over the Twins and the White Sox lost 10-4 to Tampa Bay. Detroit has a two-game lead in the American League Central standings with four games to play.

In the National League, the Cardinals lost 6-4 in extra innings to the Nationals and the Dodgers blanked the Rockies 3-0. Los Angeles is suddenly just two games back for that second Wild Card spot.

It’s all setting up for a dramatic finish. Wednesday marks the end of the regular season.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Yankees 2, Blue Jays 3

Rays 10, White Sox 4

Tigers 6, Twins 4

Mariners 4, Athletics 7 (10 innings)

Angels, Rangers (Postponed)

Red Sox 3, Orioles 4

Reds 1, Pirates 2

Astros 5, Brewers 9

Mets 0, Braves 2

Royals 7, Indians 6 (14 innings)

Phillies 9, Marlins 5

Nationals 6, Cardinals 4 (10 innings)

Cubs 2, Diamondbacks 8

Giants 3, Padres 7

Rockies 0, Dodgers 3

Pirates pitcher Steven Brault sang the National Anthem last night

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Pittsburgh Pirates swingman Steven Brault has a 4.38 ERA in 19 games this year. He also has a music degree and is a professional singer on the side of his baseball gig. He didn’t get into last night’s game against the Brewers as a pitcher, but he did get to use his singing skills.

Specifically, Brault got to sing the National Anthem. And he did an OK job of it too. He’s not Whitney Houston or anything, but he did what all Anthem singers who are not as gifted as Whitney Houston was should do: he kept it straight and businesslike, avoiding unnecessary flourishes:

It’s march, dang it, not a ballad, and it should be treated as such. Unless of course you’re Whitney Houston.