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

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.