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

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.