Settling the Score: Monday’s results

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All eyes were on top prospect Carlos Correa for his major league debut on Monday night, but White Sox left-hander Chris Sale stole the show with another dominating outing.

Despite waiting out multiple rain delays, Sale struck out a season-high 14 batters over eight innings of one-run ball as part of a 3-1 victory over the Astros.

Sale allowed just five hits and one walk, with the lone run scoring after Correa beat out an infield single in the top of the fourth inning. Correa was originally ruled out on the play, but it was overturned following a replay challenge.

As for Chicago’s offense, Melky Cabrera got them on the board first with an RBI single in the bottom of the second inning before Avisail Garcia delivered a go-ahead two-run homer off Lance McCullers in the fourth which proved to be the difference in the ballgame.

Sale has been absolutely bonkers of late. He’s now the first pitcher since Pedro Martinez in 2001 to have three straight starts with at least 12 strikeouts. You are doing something pretty special when you are in that category.

Your box scores and recaps from Monday:

Astros 1, White Sox 3

Royals 3, Twins 1

Marlins 3, Blue Jays 11

Padres 5, Braves 3 (11 innings)

Phillies 4, Reds 6

Cardinals 3, Rockies 11

Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 9

Brewers 2, Pirates 0

Ramon Laureano’s suspension reduced from 6 games to 4

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Oakland Athletics center fielder Ramon Laureano had a six-game suspension reduced to four games Friday after appealing the penalty for his role in a benches-clearing brawl with the rival Houston Astros.

Major League Baseball said a settlement had been reached and the A’s were informed of the decision. Laureano was set to begin the four-game suspension Friday night and will miss a three-game weekend Bay Bridge Series against the San Francisco Giants. After sitting out Monday at Arizona, he will be eligible to play Tuesday against the Diamondbacks.

Astros hitting coach Alex Cintron received a 20-game suspension and a fine Tuesday for his role in the fracas at Oakland last Sunday. Laureano also received a fine.

Cintron’s suspension is the longest for an on-field transgression in 15 years, since Texas pitcher Kenny Rogers received 20 games for his altercation with two cameramen in 2005.

Laureano was hit by a pitch from Humberto Castellanos with one out in the seventh inning of Oakland’s 7-2 victory – the third time he got hit in the series and the fifth time overall for an A’s batter. Houston players weren’t plunked at all. He pointed at Castellanos and began exchanging words with a gesturing Cintron then left first base, threw down his batting helmet and began sprinting toward the 41-year-old Cintron.

Astros catcher Dustin Garneau tackled Laureano before the A’s outfielder got to the hitting coach. Laureano is a former Astros player and the rival clubs have been the top two teams in the AL West the past two years. A’s pitcher Mike Fiers, another former Houston player, revealed the Astros’ sign-stealing scandal in November to The Athletic.