The biggest story from Saturday was the defending-champion Red Sox losing their ninth straight game.
On the very opposite end of the American League East standings the Blue Jays won their fifth straight game, with R.A. Dickey pitching a season-high 8 1/3 innings and Brett Lawrie homering in a 5-2 defeat of the host Oakland A’s. Dickey yielded just one run on five hits and now has an ERA below 4.00 (it’s 3.95) for the first time since joining Toronto last winter.
The first-place Jays are 28-22 and boast the only positive run differential (+21) in the AL East.
This is the latest they’ve led that division since July 6, 2000.
Your Saturday box scores and recaps:
Indians 9, Orioles 0
Athletics 2, Blue Jays 5
Yankees 4, White Sox 3 (10 innings)
Dodgers 3, Phillies 5
Rangers 12, Tigers 2
Rockies 3, Braves 1
Diamondbacks 3, Mets 2
Brewers 1, Marlins 2
Red Sox 5, Rays 6 (15 innings)
Royals 7, Angels 4 (13 innings)
Cardinals 6, Reds 3
Nationals 2, Pirates 3
Cubs 3, Padres 2
Twins 1, Giants 2
Astros 9, Mariners 4
Twins right-hander Phil Hughes is headed to the Padres, according to announcements from both teams on Sunday. The Padres will also receive the 74th overall draft pick and cash considerations from the Twins, who are getting minor league catcher Janigson Villalobos in return. Minnesota is expected to absorb $7.5 million of Hughes’ $22 million contract; per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, they’ll take on his remaining salary for the 2018 season and pay an additional $5.7 million in 2019.
Hughes, 31, is far from the 16-win, sub-4.00 ERA hurler the Twins enjoyed in 2014. He hasn’t pitched more than 60 innings in any season since 2015, due in part to multiple bouts of back stiffness and shoulder surgeries. He was designated for assignment last week after missing significant time with a left oblique strain and delivering a 6.75 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 6.0 SO/9 through his first 12 innings of 2018.
Villalobos, meanwhile, will provide the Twins with some depth as he continues to work his way through the minor league system. The 21-year-old backstop recently completed a circuit with the Padres’ rookie-level affiliate in the Arizona League, slashing .275/.367/.388 with eight extra bases and a .755 OPS in 98 PA.
The real get for the Padres isn’t Hughes (even with much of his salary already accounted for), but the Competitive Balance B selection in next week’s amateur draft. As MLB.com’s AJ Cassavell points out, the club lost their second-round pick after inking Eric Hosmer to a massive eight-year, $144 million deal back in February.