MLB scores, schedule: Hot Twins nab 10th win in last 11 games; Price exits due to flu-like symptoms

Thanks to a doubleheader in Kansas City, Saturday brings us an extra full 16-game slate of big-league action. Will a record number of home runs be hit? It's possible. Here's what you need to know about Saturday's games:

  • The Red Sox and Astros continue their ALCS rematch in Houston. The Astros won Friday night's series opener and they are 3-1 against Boston so far this season. David Price will make his second start back from the injured list.
  • Dodgers lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu takes a 31-inning scoreless streak into Saturday night's start against the Pirates. Ryu has not allowed a run since May 1 and his 1.52 ERA leads all pitchers with enough innings to qualify for the ERA title.
  • Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager is making his 2019 debut Saturday. Seager needed surgery to repair a torn tendon in his left hand during spring training. He might be able to play his way into trade value for the rebuilding Mariners.
  • The team with the best record in baseball is continuing a very hot run and we'll hit on that. 

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Baseball schedule/scores for Saturday, May 25


The Twins' surge continues

The Minnesota Twins entered Saturday with the best record, best run differential and the largest lead in all of baseball. They had a whopping eight-game lead against the Indians, who just appear not to be a good team anymore. Playing in a weak division certainly helps, but the Twins have a resume that looks like the best team in baseball. 

Saturday, they piled on again. We've discussed the powerful offense, but the starting rotation is really rounding into something not many thought it could be heading into the season. Ace Jose Berrios has gotten help from lefty Martin Perez (7-1, 2.95) and Jake Odorizzi (6-2, 2.38). Now Kyle Gibson is proving to be a quality No. 4. 

Saturday, Gibson worked seven strong, allowing only one run on five hits and a walk while striking out nine. The nine strikeouts are two shy of his career high (which he set earlier this month). He's been inconsistent start-to-start at times, but he's pitched to a 2.95 ERA in his last seven starts and the Twins have won five of those seven. You can't really ask much more from your fourth-best starter, right? 

No matter how you slice it, the Twins are an utter wrecking crew at the moment. 

  • They are 18-6 in May. 
  • They have won 10 of their last 11. 
  • They are 35-16 overall. 
  • They are 17-8 at home; 18-8 on the road.

The Twins haven't been 19 games over .500 since the end of the 2010 season, when Joe Mauer was 27 years old. In the first year post-Mauer, the Twins have to be making the franchise legend smile. 

Price exits in first inning; Astros clinch series

The Red Sox didn't get much out of starter David Price on Saturday. Rather, he was yanked after facing three batters due to flu-like symptoms:

Price's velocity had been noticeably down during his brief cameo, with his fastball topping out around 91 mph. He entered Saturday having averaged 92 on his fastball this season.

Considering the Red Sox are facing the Astros, the best offense in baseball, it's probably advisable to not have a pitcher who isn't near tip-top shape on the mound. Manager Alex Cora later finger-wagged himself for letting Price start in the first place:

As for the rest of the game, the Astros would go on to win 4-3. Closer Roberto Osuna blew a save in the top half of the ninth, yet it didn't matter. Houston was able to push across the winning run in the bottom of the ninth against Matt Barnes, who was unable to retire any of the four batters he faced.

Corbin spins atypical gem as Nats widen gap from basement

Entering the weekend, there was a non-zero chance the Marlins would come out of their series against the Nationals with fewer losses. The Nationals, perhaps sensing how dire their situation had become for that possibility to be on the table, have responded with two consecutive wins. Saturday's saw Patrick Corbin throw his second career shutout.

Corbin scattered four hits over his nine innings, walking none and striking out five. Despite the relatively pedestrian strikeout total (remember, he entered the day striking out more than 10 per nine on the season), he required 116 pitches to go coast to coast. Corbin generated eight swinging strikes on the afternoon, with six of those coming on his slider. In other words, it wasn't your typical outing for him -- but it worked, and that's what matters.

The Nationals will go for the series win on Sunday. If they can accomplish that, they'll be in position to sweep the four-game set on Monday, when Max Scherzer will get his shot at baseball's worst offense. 

Highlight of the day: Padres slug their way to fifth win in a row

The Padres are one of the most fun teams in baseball to watch. They reaffirmed that on Saturday, beating the Blue Jays by a 19-4 final thanks to the long ball. San Diego hit seven home runs as a team, with Wil Myers and Hunter Renfroe each delivering two apiece.

You can watch all their home runs here:

Myers had been off to a slow start this season. He entered Saturday with an 87 OPS+ and more than four times as many strikeouts as walks. Renfroe had five times as many strikeouts as walks, yet had a 121 OPS+ due to his 22 extra-base hits.

The Padres came into Saturday ranked 22nd in adjusted weighted runs created. It's fair to say they'll be in a better position when Sunday rolls around.


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Mike Axisa joined CBS Sports in 2013. He has been a member of the BBWAA since 2015 and has previously written about both fantasy baseball and real life baseball for MLBTradeRumors.com, FanGraphs.com, RotoAuthority.com,... Full Bio

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