Colorado Rockies pitcher Moyer, 49, makes a pitch against Houston Astros' Schafer in the first inning of their MLB National League game in Houston

Settling the Score: Saturday’s results


Jamie Moyer’s 2012 debut was less than stellar.

Making his first start since the 2010 season, the 49-year-old left-hander surrendered five hits and four runs (three earned) in five innings Saturday evening against a light-hitting Astros lineup.

Moyer’s control was fine — he walked just one and fanned two — but his slow-moving deliveries looked far too hittable at times and he was taken deep by both Jordan Schafer and J.D. Martinez.

The Rockies aren’t expecting the veteran southpaw to be anything more than an innings-eater this year, but it’s not a given that he’ll be able to meet those already-low expectations. Then again, it’s way too early to say anything definitive. How’s that for hard-hitting analysis?

Your Saturday box scores:

Rockies 3, Astros 7

Nationals 7, Cubs 4

Blue Jays 7, Indians 4 (12 innings)

Braves 2, Mets 4

Royals 6, Angels 3

Red Sox 0, Tigers 10

Cardinals 0, Brewers 6

Giants 4, Diamondbacks 5

Twins 2, Orioles 8

Rockies 3, Astros 7

Phillies 1, Pirates 2 (10 innings)

Marlins 8, Reds 3

Yankees 6, Rays 8

White Sox 4, Rangers 3

Mariners 8, Athletics 7

Dodgers 6, Padres 5 (11 innings)

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.