Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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B.J. Upton has been so bad lately that dudes who are bad have been like, “damn, B.J., you’re really bad.” THAT’s how bad he’s been.  But he came through when it mattered last night.

A day after yet another benching, Upton had two hits, including a walkoff RBI single in the tenth. Sure, it was a broken bat single that could have just as easily been a 4-3 or a 9-2 putout depending on which way the ball bounced off that broken bat or how fast Jordan Schafer ran when attempting to score, but I figure Upton and the Braves will take it. You take whatever you get in this game. If you don’t believe me, ask the Brewers if they’re going to give back the gift they were given against the Phillies in the ninth inning of their game yesterday.

Here’s what else happened:

Braves 2, Nationals 1
Cardinals 8, Giants 0; Cardinals 7, Giants 1
Indians 5, Rays 0
Brewers 4, Phillies 3
Twins 5, Mariners 4
Rockies 7, Dodgers 6
Tigers 10, Orioles 3
Marlins 8, Mets 1
Athletics 4, White Sox 3
Royals 4, Rangers 1
Diamondbacks 12, Cubs 4
Red Sox 11, Yankees 1
Reds 2, Pirates 0
Astros 2, Angels 0
Padres 4, Blue Jays 3

Phillies owner John Middleton is in Las Vegas with Bryce Harper

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Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports that Phillies owner John Middleton flew to Las Vegas for a meeting with Bryce Harper on Friday. Per ESPN’s Jeff Passan, it’s “more of a meet-and-greet than a sign-a-deal” affair, but as the club is still at the forefront of trade rumors involving the All-Star slugger, there remains a possibility (however slight) that something could be completed in the days to come.

Even now, the Phillies aren’t alone in the race to sign Harper, but recent rumors have helped whittle down the competition from five or more teams (Phillies, Nationals, White Sox, Giants, and Padres) to three strong contenders. The Giants are said to be interested in a lucrative short-term deal with the outfielder, while the Padres remain in the conversation despite inking Manny Machado to a mammoth 10-year, $300 million contract this week. It’s not yet clear just how far either team would go to outbid Philadelphia as talks with Harper intensify.

As for the Nationals and White Sox, the former officially bowed out earlier today, and MLB Network’s Jon Heyman adds that the latter won’t make a strong play for Harper as they feel the asking price and competing offers are “getting too high” for the 26-year-old’s services. If a mystery team is still in the mix, there’s been no word on their standing with Harper in the last month or so.