Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The Royals acquired right-handed starter Ervin Santana from the Angels this offseason for basically nothing. It’s still very early, but that’s looking like one of the best moves of the winter.

Santana went seven scoreless innings on Saturday night against a tough Indians lineup, striking out five batters and issuing no walks. He now boasts a 2.00 ERA and 1.03 WHIP in five starts this season with 31 strikeouts (and only five walks) in 36 innings.

The Royals are now atop the American League Central standings with a 12-8 record and a +15 run differential.

The Tigers are a game back of Kansas City at 12-10 (with a +16 run differential).

Your Saturday box scores:

Braves 4, Tigers 7

Reds 3, Nationals 6

Phillies 9, Mets 4

Blue Jays 4, Yankees 5

Orioles 7, Athletics 3

Rangers 2, Twins 7

Pirates 5, Cardinals 3

Astros 4, Red Sox 8

Rays 10, White Sox 4

Indians 2, Royals 3

Cubs 3, Marlins 2

Rockies 2, Diamondbacks 3 (10 innings)

Giants 7, Padres 8 (12 innings)

Angels 2, Mariners 3

Brewers 6, Dodgers 4

Miles Mikolas open to extension with Cardinals

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Though he has only accumulated just over two years of service time in the major leagues, Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas can become a free agent after the 2019 season due to language in his current two-year, $15.5 million contract. He is open to signing a contract extension with the Cardinals, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Mikolas said, “It’s something that the Cardinals and my agency have to work out – if the numbers work out and everything turns out to be it’s absolutely something that could happen.” His agent, from Octagon, has had discussions with the Cardinals about a framework for an extension.

Mikolas, 30, spent the 2015-17 seasons pitching for the Yomiuri Giants in the Japan Central League. He had great results, which he was able to leverage into a contract back in the U.S. Last season, his first in the majors since 2014, he finished sixth in NL Cy Young balloting and earned a spot on the NL All-Star roster. The right-hander went 18-4 with a 2.83 ERA and a 146/29 K/BB ratio in 200 2/3 innings.

This coming season, Mikolas will be part of a starting rotation that also includes Carlos Martínez, Jack Flaherty, Michael Wacha, and Adam Wainwright.