Settling the Score: Friday’s results

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No Derek Jeter, no problem. The Yankees continued their recent dominance over the Twins with a 2-0 victory last night at a rainy Yankee Stadium.

Hiroki Kuroda tossed five scoreless innings in the victory. There was a 73-minute rain delay in the fourth inning, but Kuroda waited things out and came back to pitch the fifth inning. The 38-year-old right-hander now leads the American League with a 2.65 ERA through 19 starts. That’s not good enough to be an All-Star, apparently.

Brett Gardner and Robinson Cano delivered RBI singles to provide the offense for New York while Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect ninth inning for his 30th save in 32 chances. He now has 15 seasons of 30 or more saves, passing Trevor Hoffman for the most ever. You know, just in case you need saves to tell you that Rivera is the best relief pitcher ever.

Your Friday box scores:

Cardinals 3, Cubs 2

Blue Jays 5, Orioles 8

Royals 0, Indians 3

Mets 2, Pirates 3 (11 innings)

Nationals 3, Marlins 8

Rangers 2, Tigers 7

Reds 4, Braves 2

Astros 2, Rays 1

Brewers 1, Diamondbacks 2

Red Sox 4, Athletics 2

Rockies 3, Dodgers 0

Angels 3, Mariners 8

Giants 10, Padres 1

White Sox/Phillies – PPD

Astros clinch postseason berth with 11-3 win over Angels

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No surprise here: The Astros are headed back to the postseason to defend their title following a landslide 11-3 win over the Angels on Friday. This figures to be their third playoff run since 2015, though they have yet to wrap up the AL West with a division title.

First baseman Yuli Gurriel led the charge on Friday, smashing a grand slam in the first inning and tacking on a two-run homer in the second and RBI single in the fifth to help the Astros to a seven-run lead. The Angels eventually returned fire, first with Mike Trout‘s 418-foot homer in the sixth, then with an RBI hit from Francisco Arcia in the seventh, but they couldn’t close the gap in time to overtake the Astros.

On the mound, right-hander Gerrit Cole clinched his 15th win of the year after holding the Angels to seven innings of three-run, 12-strikeout ball. His sixth strikeout of the night — delivered on an 83.1-MPH knuckle curveball to Kaleb Cowart — also marked the 1,000th strikeout of his career to date. He was backed by flawless performances by lefty reliever Tony Sipp and rookie right-hander Dean Deetz, both of whom turned in scoreless innings as the offense barreled toward an 11-3 finish with Jake Marisnick‘s sac bunt and George Springer‘s three-run shot in the eighth.

Despite having qualified for the playoffs, the Astros still carry a magic number of 6 as they look to clinch a third straight division title. They’re currently up against the Athletics, who entered Friday’s contest against the Twins just four games back of first place in the AL West.