Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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Clayton Kershaw was dominant in his 2013 debut last Monday against the division-rival Giants, striking out seven batters over nine shutout innings as part of a 4-0 Dodgers win. On Saturday night against the Pirates he was again extremely effective.

Kershaw went seven scoreless frames, striking out nine batters, issuing only one walk and allowing just two hits. 59 of his 97 pitches were strikes and the Dodgers wound up topping Pittsburgh 1-0.

Kershaw is now 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.44 WHIP and 16/1 K/BB ratio through 16 innings this season.

The 24-year-old left-hander is arbitration-eligible in 2014 but will become a free agent heading into the 2015 campaign. He’s in line for a massive payday.

Your Saturday box scores:

Red Sox 0, Blue Jays 5

Mariners 3, White Sox 4

Nationals 7, Reds 6

Marlins 3, Mets 7

Yankees 4, Tigers 8

Angels 8, Rangers 4

Cardinals 6, Giants 3

Twins 6, Orioles 5

Royals 3, Phillies 4

Diamondbacks 9, Brewers 2

Cubs 5, Braves 6

Athletics 6, Astros 3

Indians 0, Rays 6

Padres 3, Rockies 6

Pirates 0, Dodgers 1

Astros assistant GM Mike Elias reported to be next Orioles general manager

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that Astros assistant GM Mike Elias will be the new general manager of the Orioles “barring a change of heart.”

Elias, 35, has been the Astros’ assistant general manager since August 2016. He had previously served as Houston’s scouting director and, before that, as a scout for the Cardinals. He was part of the team that came over from the Cardinals when Jeff Luhnow joined the Astros.

If he does take the O’s job his work will certainly be cut out for him. Baltimore was historically bad in 2018, finishing 47-115 thanks to a roster full of expensive, past-their-prime players and an underdeveloped farm system. He’ll have to hit the ground running too, as he’ll not join the team until nearly two months into the club’s offseason, having had no time to assess its needs and personnel. Oh, and the Winter Meetings begin in a little over three weeks.