Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The best record in Major League Baseball belongs to the Athletics. So does the longest winning streak.

Jesse Chavez allowed just three hits over seven scoreless innings and Coco Crisp hit a walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 10th as Oakland defeated the visiting Red Sox 2-1 on Saturday afternoon at O.co Coliseum. It was the fifth victory in a row for the A’s, who are now 47-28 on the season with a shiny +136 run differential. The next-closest run differential in the big leagues belongs to the Giants at +46.

Chavez, who had started just four games before this season, owns a fantastic 2.71 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 93 innings (15 starts). The 30-year-old right-hander opened the 2014 campaign with a 5.48 career ERA in 234 2/3 innings (mostly relief).

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

Orioles 6, Yankees 1

Mariners 2, Royals 1

White Sox 3, Twins 4

Red Sox 1, Athletics 2 (10 innings)

Blue Jays 1, Reds 11

Phillies 1, Cardinals 4

Brewers 9, Rockies 4

Mets 4, Marlins 0

Astros 0, Rays 8

Tigers 5, Indians 4 (10 innings)

Pirates 5, Cubs 3

Braves 0, Nationals 3

Rangers 2, Angels 3 (10 innings)

Dodgers 4, Padres 2

Giants 6, Diamondbacks 4

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.