Settling the Scores: Wednesday’s results

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Sorry it’s not a full ATH today, but this morning is a wonderful morning at Chez Calcaterra. Mookie, the official daughter of HBT, has an orthodontist appointment at 8AM. This one may or may not be the one in which they actually slap the metal on, but the fact is that Mookie needs braces.

Dental plan . . . Mookie needs braces . . . dental plan . . . So Settling the Scores it is.

I can’t let A-Rod’s night go without mention, of course. The venerable one hit a 450+ foot home run in the Yankees 4-3 win over the Orioles. Mark Teixeira hit a homer too. The Yankees likewise got six good innings from Ivan Nova before turning it over to the pen, which Andrew Miller allowing a homer to Chris Davis notwithstanding, has been a strength for New York all year.

Back in March, when I previewed the Yankees, I said that while there were a lot of uncertainties with this team, it wasn’t crazy to expect some improvement from many positions and that if a couple of the old guys bounce back they could be in this thing, especially given how good the pen is. Well, a couple of the old guys bounced back. They could use a starter but are getting just enough pitching. And the pen is the pen. That’s why they’re in first place folks. Everything has come up shiny for them.

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The rest of the scores:

Dodgers 3, Braves 1
Nationals 4, Mets 3
Reds 9, Cubs 1; Cubs 6, Reds 5
Phillies 5, Rays 4
Indians 7, Brewers 5
Rangers 10, Rockies 8
Giants 7, Padres 1
Tigers 9, Mariners 4
Cardinals 3, White Sox 2
Royals 5, Pirates 1
Astros 4, Red Sox 2
Marlins 5, Diamondbacks 3
Angels 5, Twins 2
Athletics 4, Blue Jays 3

Watch: Christian Yelich continues to make a case for NL MVP repeat

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Christian Yelich simply can’t be stopped. The Brewers outfielder (and defending NL MVP) entered Saturday’s game with a league-leading 11 home runs after swatting two against the Dodgers on Friday night, then clubbed another two homers in the first six innings of Saturday’s game.

The first came on a 2-1 pitch from the Dodgers’ Hyun-Jin Ryu, who lobbed a changeup toward the bottom of the strike zone before it was lifted up and out to center field for a solo home run in the third inning.

While Chase Anderson and Alex Claudio held down the fort against the Dodgers’ lineup, Yelich prepared for his second blast in the sixth inning — this one a 421-foot double-decker on a first-pitch curveball from Ryu.

Yelich’s 13 home runs not only gave him a stronger grip on the league’s leaderboard, but helped him tie yet another franchise record, too. Per MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy, he’s tied with Prince Fielder for the most home runs hit by a Brewers player in a single month, and sits just one home run shy of tying Álex Rodríguez’s 2007 record for most home runs hit within any club’s first 22 games of the season.

It may be far too early to predict which players will finish first in the MVP races this fall, but there’s no denying Yelich has already set himself apart from the competition. Through Saturday’s performance, he’s batting .361/.459/.880 with a 1.329 OPS and MLB-best 31 RBI across 98 PA so far.