As usual, Saturday brings us a full 15-game slate of big league action, including important games with postseason race implications in Atlanta, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Queens.
Some of the top storylines from the night include the Yankees and Red Sox continuing their series; the Diamondbacks staying hot; and Jose Abreu making franchise history.
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Baseball schedule/scores for Saturday, Sept. 7
- FINAL: Yankees 5, Red Sox 1 (box score)
- FINAL: Diamondbacks 2, Reds 0 (box score)
- FINAL: Royals 7, Marlins 2 (box score)
- FINAL: Rays 5, Blue Jays 3 (box score)
- FINAL: Cardinals at Pirates (box score)
- FINAL: Rangers 9, Orioles 4 (box score)
- FINAL: Phillies 5, Mets 0 (box score)
- FINAL: Brewers 3, Cubs 2 (box score)
- FINAL: Twins 5, Indians 3 (box score)
- FINAL: Angels 8, White Sox 7 (box score)
- FINAL: Astros 2, Mariners 1 (box score)
- FINAL: Braves 5, Nationals 4 (box score)
- FINAL Padres 3, Rockies 0 (box score)
- FINAL: Athletics 10, Tigers 2 (box score)
- FINAL: Giants 1, Dodgers 0 (box score)
Braves extend division lead as playoff races develop
With just a couple of weeks left in the regular season, every night means something for the few remaining postseason races. As such, let's recap what happened on Saturday.
In the NL East, the Braves defeated the Nationals and the Phillies beat the Mets. The Braves are now 10 games up on Washington, 15 up on Philadelphia, and 16 up on New York. They seem destined for a second consecutive division crown
In the NL Central, the Cardinals defeated the Pirates while the Brewers knocked off the Cubs. That means the Cardinals now hold a 3 ½ game lead in the division, and while that's the slimmest lead in the majors, it's still a healthy one at this point in the year.
In the NL wild card race, Washington remains two games up on the Cubs for the top spot, and the Cubs are 1 ½ up on the Diamondbacks. The Brewers and Phillies are each three games back, and the Mets are four behind.
Finally, in the AL wild card race, the Rays topped the Blue Jays while both the A's and Cleveland lost their respective games. The Rays are now up 1 ½ games for the first wild-card spot over the A's, who are a game ahead of Cleveland for the second.
Diamondbacks keep rolling
The Diamondbacks set a record earlier this season for most games played within a certain distance of being .500. Lately, however, they've separated themselves from being even-Steven -- and have instead placed their sights on making the postseason.
With a victory on Saturday, the D-Backs have now won five games in a row and 11 of their last 12. Arizona's 2-0 win over the Reds was led by Alex Young, the rookie southpaw who fanned 12 and permitted just two hits and a walk over eight shutout innings. Young coerced 20 swinging strikes on 109 pitches, including 10 on breaking balls. Young's outing earned him the D-Backs' rookie record for most strikeouts in a start:
The Diamondbacks lineup wasn't able to muster much against Luis Castillo, but in the fourth inning Ketel Marte and Christian Walker were each able to drive in a run apiece. Those two plays accounted for all of the game's run-scoring events.
The Diamondbacks entered the day 2 1/2 games back in the NL wild card race.
Yankees even series with Red Sox
The Yankees and Red Sox continued their wraparound four-game series on Saturday. The Red Sox took the first game on Friday, so naturally the universe restored order on Saturday, with the Yankees evening the series at one apiece.
New York was paced in part by starter J.A. Happ, who threw 6 1/3 shutout innings. Happ allowed just two hits and struck out seven with one walk. It's worth noting this is his second consecutive start in which he's thrown at least six innings without allowing a run.
Offensively, the Yankees pounced in the fourth inning, with Gary Sanchez doubling home two and later Edwin Encarnacion hitting a two-run home run to make it 4-0 New York. Encarnacion added a double in the ninth to give the Yankees their fifth run of the afternoon.
The two sides will play on come Sunday night before concluding their season series on Monday. As it stands, the Yankees are up 12-5 on the year.
Highlight of the day: Barrett makes emotional return
Nationals reliever Aaron Barrett made his first big-league appearance in more than four years. Why is that notable? Because Barrett has had to overcome multiple significant arm injuries, and even took a few seasons away from the game. Predictably, he was emotional in his return to big-league action..
Stat of the day: Abreu joins select company
Jose Abreu has quietly had another solid season for the White Sox. On Saturday, he stamped his name next to some of the better hitters in recent franchise history by recording his fourth season in which he homered 30-plus times and drove in at least 100 runs:
Abreu is fourth White Sox player to record four seasons of 30+ player and 100+ RBIs. Joins Frank Thomas (8), Paul Konerko (5) and Magglio Ordonez (4).— Scott Merkin (@scottmerkin) September 8, 2019
Abreu is scheduled to become a free agent after this season. There's every reason to think he'll be back with the White Sox next year, however. That means he could join Frank Thomas and Paul Konerko as the only hitters in franchise history with five such seasons.
- The D-Backs came into Saturday having won 10 of their last 11 games, and sitting 2 1/2 games behind the second wild-card spot. Can they make a run at the postseason? .
- . He tested positive for a common performance-enhancing drug masking agent. Pineda's suspension was reduced from the standard 80 games on appeal.
- . He will see a specialist Monday to determine a timetable for his return. Baez suffered the injured sliding into second base last Sunday.
- . The Mariners selected Hultzen with the No. 2 pick in the 2011 draft but he has dealt with many injuries over the years. This is his MLB debut.
- The Mets activated IF Jed Lowrie off the 60-day injured list, the team announced. Lowrie has not played at all this season due to a variety of leg injuries. Lowrie is likely to serve as a bench player rather than an everyday option.
- Twins DH Nelson Cruz exited Friday night's game with a sore left wrist, reports MLB.com. Cruz has twice been on the injured list with left wrist issues this season. For now the team says he is day-to-day.
- Astros OF George Springer has been cleared to resume baseball activities and will play Sunday, reports AT&T SportsNet. Springer suffered a mild concussion crashing into the outfield wall earlier this week.