Peter Bourjos gets first career homer and triple in win

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Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos had himself a nice little Saturday.  The Halos beat the Twins 9-3 at Minnesota’s Target Field and the the 23-year-old collected a series of firsts.

Called to the big leagues on August 3 and thrown into the fire almost immediately, Bourjos hasn’t been perfect.  But he has shown flashes.  On Saturday he recorded his first career home run — a two-run shot — and his first triple — which also plated a run.

He also gunned down Twins outfielder Jason Kubel from center field in the fifth inning.

Bourjos is batting just .170/.228/.321 overall with six RBI, but he’s only made 58 plate appearances and what he’s accomplished in the field should not be overlooked.  To many scouts, the kid has the potential to win multiple Gold Glove awards as a center fielder.  He carried a strong enough defensive reputation to bump Torii Hunter over to right field and he’s already shown incredible range as a big-leaguer.

Royals clinch home field advantage, best record in the American League

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With a 6-1 win over the Twins in Sunday’s season finale, the Royals clinched the best record in the American League, which nets them home field advantage in the ALDS and ALCS. The Royals stand at 95-67 while the Blue Jays, who lost on Sunday, finish at 93-69.

95-67 is the Royals’ best record since finishing 97-65 in 1980, when they lost the World Series to the Phillies. Their division title is their first since 1985.

In the ALDS, which starts on Thursday, the Royals will host the winner of the AL Wild Card game between the Astros and Yankees. They are looking to avenge last year’s World Series loss, in seven games, to the Giants. The Blue Jays will host the Rangers in the other ALDS series.

Yankees to host AL Wild Card Game after Astros lose to D’Backs

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Both the Astros’ and the Yankees’ fates were decided before their own games had completed on Sunday. The Rangers defeated the Angels, which clinched a Wild Card spot for the Astros. Then the Astros dropped Sunday’s season finale to the Diamondbacks, which clinched the first AL Wild Card slot for the Yankees. The Yankees are on their way to a loss against the Orioles as of this writing, but that will not affect anything now.

The Astros were in a 3-3 tie with the Diamondbacks in the seventh inning, but reliever Chad Qualls served up a two-run home run to Paul Goldschmidt. That would prove to be the deciding factor in a 5-3 loss.

The Yankees are losing 7-4 to the Orioles behind a subpar start by Michael Pineda and a shaky performance by the bullpen.

The MLB postseason opens up with the Yankees hosting the Astros on Tuesday in the AL Wild Card game. The winner moves on to face the Royals in Kansas City in the ALDS.