Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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For the second consecutive day, the Cardinals took down the visiting Pirates on an extra-inning walkoff.

On Friday night, it was Matt Adams stroking an opposite-field single that scored Jon Jay in the bottom of the 10th inning to secure a 2-1 victory. And then on Saturday, third baseman Matt Carpenter lifted a sacrifice fly to deep left field that easily plated Pete Kozma in the bottom of the 11th to notch another 2-1 win. Pirates left fielder Starling Marte didn’t even bother trying to throw Kozma out.

Carpenter is batting .366/.434/.634 with 15 RBI and 21 runs scored in 23 games for the Cardinals, who have won five straight and boast the best record in baseball at 17-6. They’ll go for a sweep of the division-rival Pirates on Sunday afternoon behind 23-year-old starter Michael Wacha. Who needs Adam Wainwright?

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

Yankees 4, Red Sox 2

White Sox 3, Twins 5

Pirates 1, Cardinals 2 (11 innings)

Brewers 6, Cubs 1

Angels 4, Giants 5

Blue Jays 11, Indians 4

Phillies 0, Marlins 7

Rays 0, Orioles 4

Tigers 2, Royals 1

Reds 8, Braves 4

Mariners 4, Astros 11

Nationals 1, Mets 0

Athletics 7, Rangers 8 (10 innings)

Rockies 2, Padres 4

Diamondbacks 4, Dodgers 6

Rumor: MLB execs discussing 100-game season that would begin July 1

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Matt Spiegel of 670 The Score Chicago heard from a source that Major League Baseball executives have been discussing a 100-game season that would begin on July 1 and conclude on October 15. It would essentially pick up the second half schedule, eliminating the All-Star Game while hosting the World Series at a neutral warm-weather stadium — ideally Dodger Stadium.

In the event the Dodgers, who won 106 games last year, made it all the way through the playoffs, the World Series would be hosted in Anaheim or San Diego. The earlier rounds of the playoffs would be played in the cities of the teams involved, which might be tough since the postseason would extend into November.

Spiegel went on to describe this vision as “an absolute best case scenario,” and that’s accurate. In order for the regular season to begin on July 1, the players would need to have several weeks if not a full month prior to get back into playing shape — more or less an abbreviated second spring training. And that would mean the U.S. having made significant progress against the virus by way of herd immunity or a vaccine, which would allow for nonessential businesses to resume operations. The U.S., sadly, is faring not so well compared to other nations around the world for a variety of reasons, but all of which point to a return to normalcy by the summer seeming rather unlikely.

Regardless, the league does have to plan for the potential of being able to start the regular season this summer just in case things really do break right and offer that opportunity. Commissioner Rob Manfred has stated multiple times about the league’s need to be creative, referring to ideas like playing deep into the fall, changing up the location of games, playing without fans in attendance, etc. This rumor certainly fits the “creative” mold.