Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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The Marlins are an awful team, but they’ll be worth watching this year when Jose Fernandez pitches.

Fernandez, 20, tossed six innings of scoreless ball Saturday in Miami’s 2-1 victory over the visiting Phillies, yielding only two hits and two walks while striking out five. He boasts a high-90s fastball and offset it well on Saturday with sharp sliders, curves and changeups. 53 of his 85 pitches were strikes.

Fernandez now has a 0.82 ERA, 0.73 WHIP and 13/3 K/BB ratio through the first 11 innings of his MLB career. The native of Cuba hadn’t pitched above High-A ball before the start of the 2013 season. But he looks like he belongs in the bigs for good.

Fernandez will face the Reds next at Great American Ball Park. It’ll be a nice test for the youngster.

Your Saturday box scores:

Rays 1, Red Sox 2 (10 innings)

Giants 3, Cubs 2

Braves 3, Nationals 1

White Sox 4, Indians 9

Orioles 5, Yankees 3

Tigers 7, Athletics 3

Mets 4, Twins 2

Brewers 0, Cardinals 8

Reds 1, Pirates 3

Blue Jays 3, Royals 2

Phillies 1, Marlins 2

Dodgers 7, Diamondbacks 5

Rockies 9, Padres 5

Astros 4, Angels 5

Rangers 3, Mariners 1

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.