Settling the Scores: Sunday’s results

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Happy Labor Day, everyone. I’ll probably put my annual lefty Labor Day rant up later to aggravate half to two-thirds of you, but for now I’ll just stick to baseball.

Yasiel Puig hit a three-run homer to lead the Dodgers over the Padres yesterday. He also walked twice. In his two games back from exile he’s reached base in five of eight plate appearances. That’ll do.

The Blue Jays avoided a sweep at the hands of the Rays while the Red Sox were prevented from sweeping the A’s thanks to a walkoff double from Khris Davis. Same story for the Orioles and the Yankees, except the Yankees didn’t win with a walkoff from Khris Davis, what with him playing for the A’s and all. The AL East currently features the Jays up on the Red Sox by a game and the Sox up two above the Orioles. Meanwhile, the Tigers took two of three from Kansas City and stand tied with Baltimore for the second Wild Card.

In the National League, the Giants lost three of four to the Cubs, who remain ridiculous. They may come around and lap the Reds and Brewers soon. The Dodgers took two of three from San Diego and have a three-game lead in the NL West. They get Clayton Kershaw back this week too so, yeah. The Mets took two of three from the Nats and the Cardinals dropped two of three to the Reds, making the Wild Card fun: the Cards are a game up on New York for the second slot. The Pirates. losers of six straight, are playing their way out of the picture.

Here are the scores:

Cardinals 5, Reds 2
Blue Jays 5, Rays 3
Yankees 5, Orioles 2
Braves 2, Phillies 0
Brewers 10, Pirates 0
White Sox 13, Twins 11
Tigers 6, Royals 5
Cubs 3, Giants 2
Astros 7, Rangers 6
Athletics 1, Red Sox 0
Indians 6, Marlins 5
Angels 4, Mariners 2
Dodgers 7, Padres 4
Diamondbacks 8, Rockies 5
Mets 5, Nationals 1

Dodgers sign OF Jason Heyward to minor league deal

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LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Dodgers signed outfielder Jason Heyward to a minor league deal and invited him to spring training.

The 33-year-old was released by the Chicago Cubs earlier this offseason.

Heyward, who was injured at times last season, put up the worst offensive numbers of his career, batting .204 and with 10 RBIs and one home run in 137 plate appearances. However, he’s a valuable defender in the outfield.

The deal reunites Heyward with first baseman Freddie Freeman. They came up through the Atlanta Braves system and have remained friends ever since.

Heyward was a leader in the Cubs’ clubhouse, helping them win the 2016 World Series.