Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The hottest team in MLB is … the Minnesota Twins?

Torii Hunter went 3-for-5 with a solo shot and three runs scored Saturday as the Twins collected their fourth straight victory with a 7-4 defeat of the host Indians. Minnesota has now won nine of its last 10 and will carry a surprising 18-13 record into Sunday’s series finale at Progressive Park in Cleveland.

Regression is probably coming, but the Twins did have five prospects in Baseball America’s latest Top 100: Byron Buxton (No. 2), Miguel Sano (No. 13), Jose Berrios (No. 36), Nick Gordon (No. 61), Alex Meyer (No. 62). Buxton has been on a tear at Double-A Chattanooga and Sano has long been considered one of the premier young sluggers in the minors.

Hope, for a franchise and a fanbase that has suffered through four consecutive 90-plus-loss seasons.

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

Orioles 6, Yankees 2

Red Sox 1, Blue Jays 7

Royals 6, Tigers 2

Braves 6, Nationals 8

Twins 7, Indians 4

Reds 10, White Sox 4 (Game 1)

Rangers 2, Rays 7

Mets 3, Phillies 2

Cardinals 5, Pirates 7

Cubs 4, Brewers 12

Reds 2, White Sox 8 (Game 2)

Astros 6, Angels 5

Padres 6, Diamondbacks 4 (12 innings)

Marlins 6, Giants 2

Athletics 2, Mariners 7

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

Thomas Shea-USA TODAY Sports
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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.