Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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There is a mere 1.5-game separation between the three teams at the top of the NL Central standings.

Reds speedster Billy Hamilton was at it again on Saturday afternoon, entering as a pinch-runner in the bottom of the 10th inning and scoring the game-winning run as Cincinnati downed the Dodgers 4-3. Hamilton stole his fourth base in four chances to put himself in scoring position and crossed the plate for the third time as a major leaguer. He has yet to take an at-bat but has already been a difference-maker.

In St. Louis, the Cardinals happily welcomed the return of the real Adam Wainwright, who fought past his recent struggles and delivered seven shutout innings against the Pirates in an eventual 5-0 victory.

The win vaulted the Cards ahead of the Bucs for first place in the division.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

White Sox 3, Orioles 4 (10 innings)

Red Sox 13, Yankees 9

Dodgers 3, Reds 4 (10 innings)

Astros 1, Athletics 2

Brewers 5, Cubs 3

Mets 4, Indians 9

Braves 5, Phillies 6

Tigers 3, Royals 4

Blue Jays 11, Twins 2

Nationals 9, Marlins 2

Pirates 0, Cardinals 5

Rockies 1, Padres 2

Diamondbacks 2, Giants 1

Rangers 3, Angels 8

Rays 2, Mariners 6

Peter Bourjos returns to the Angels on minor league deal

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Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.

Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.

The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.