Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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Kauffman Stadium is usually covered in red during the now-annual interleague meeting between the Cardinals and Royals. And not much has changed in that regard this weekend. But those Cardinal-red clad fans haven’t had nearly as much to cheer about.

In the series opener Friday night, the American League Central-leading Royals jumped out to a three-run first inning lead against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn and went on to win 5-0. St. Louis struck first on Saturday, but it was the Royals who were on top 3-2 when the game was halted by rain in the bottom of the sixth inning. Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second and Salvador Perez laced an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth. Play did not resume, giving Kansas City its fifth straight win.

The forecast for Sunday’s series finale is rough-looking. If the game is played, it’ll be 23-year-old Michael Wacha trying to pitch the National League Central-leading Cardinals out of a potential sweep against their cross-state rival. 23-year-old Yordano Ventura is on tap for the Royals.

There’s some pretty good baseball being played in Missouri.

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

Rangers 15, Yankees 4

Mariners 3, Blue Jays 2

Phillies 8, Nationals 1

Pirates 8, Mets 2

Astros 3, Tigers 2

Twins 4, White Sox 3

Reds 1, Indians 2

Brewers 2, Braves 3 (11 innings)

Athletics 5, Rays 0

Giants 10, Rockies 8 (Game 1)

Angels 3, Red Sox 8

Cardinals 2, Royals 3 (6 innings)

Orioles 0, Marlins 1 (13 innings)

Padres 0, Dodgers 2

Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 6

Giants 3, Rockies 5 (Game 2)

Nathan Eovaldi likely to be activated this weekend

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Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi is likely to be activated from the 10-day injured list this weekend and will join the bullpen, per Justin Leger of NBC Sports Boston.

Eovaldi, 29, had a superb postseason showing with the Red Sox last year, including a six-inning relief appearance in Game 3 of the World Series. That propelled him to ink a four-year, $68 million contract with the Red Sox in December.

Eovaldi underwent athroscopic surgery in April to remove loose bodies in his elbow and has been out ever since. He had allowed 14 earned runs on 21 hits and 11 walks with 16 strikeouts in 21 innings prior to going on the IL.

The Red Sox bullpen has been middling at best this season, owning a composite 4.55 ERA. Six different relievers have accrued saves, none more than Ryan Brasier‘s seven and he was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket earlier this week. It’s quite possible Eovaldi finds himself closing out games down the stretch.