Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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With a victory on Sunday and a Yankees loss, the Blue Jays can take over sole possession of first place in the American League East standings.

Mark Buehrle pitched seven innings of shutout ball and Jose Reyes had an RBI single in his first game back from a hamstring strain as Toronto rolled to a 5-0 win over the Indians on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland. Buehrle yielded just four hits and is now 4-0 on the season with a 0.64 ERA in 28 innings.

“The slower you throw the better off you are,” the soft-tossing right-hander told reporters after his outing. “I haven’t changed anything in 10 or 11 years. I’m not going to keep asking questions. I’m going to go out there and run with it and see what happens.”

The Blue Jays (10-8) currently own the best run differential (+6) in the AL East.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Blue Jays 5, Indians 0

Cardinals 4, Nationals 3

Angels 2, Tigers 5

Orioles 2, Red Sox 4

Twins 4, Royals 5

Reds 4, Cubs 8

Astros 3, Athletics 4

Brewers 8, Pirates 7

Braves 7, Mets 5

Mariners 0, Marlins 7

Yankees 1, Rays 16

White Sox 3, Rangers 6

Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 8

Phillies 1, Rockies 3

Giants 1, Padres 3

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.