Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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With a victory on Sunday and a Yankees loss, the Blue Jays can take over sole possession of first place in the American League East standings.

Mark Buehrle pitched seven innings of shutout ball and Jose Reyes had an RBI single in his first game back from a hamstring strain as Toronto rolled to a 5-0 win over the Indians on Saturday afternoon in Cleveland. Buehrle yielded just four hits and is now 4-0 on the season with a 0.64 ERA in 28 innings.

“The slower you throw the better off you are,” the soft-tossing right-hander told reporters after his outing. “I haven’t changed anything in 10 or 11 years. I’m not going to keep asking questions. I’m going to go out there and run with it and see what happens.”

The Blue Jays (10-8) currently own the best run differential (+6) in the AL East.

Your Saturday box scores and recaps:

Blue Jays 5, Indians 0

Cardinals 4, Nationals 3

Angels 2, Tigers 5

Orioles 2, Red Sox 4

Twins 4, Royals 5

Reds 4, Cubs 8

Astros 3, Athletics 4

Brewers 8, Pirates 7

Braves 7, Mets 5

Mariners 0, Marlins 7

Yankees 1, Rays 16

White Sox 3, Rangers 6

Diamondbacks 6, Dodgers 8

Phillies 1, Rockies 3

Giants 1, Padres 3

Yankees promote Justus Sheffield

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The Red Sox-Yankees game scheduled for this afternoon has been moved to this evening because of weather, but there are still happenings in the Bronx: the Yankees have called up top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield.

Sheffield, 22, is the Yankees’ highest-ranked prospect, per MLB Pipeline. The lefty was acquired in the Andrew Miller deal back in 2016. In 2018 he made the jump from Double-A Trenton to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with a cumulative 7-6 record in 20 starts and a 2.87 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 9.5 SO/9 through 116 innings.

The Yankees reportedly plan is to keep Sheffield in the bullpen for the time being, with his late season shift to a relief role at Scranton designed to get him used to helping out for the Yankees stretch run and, possibly, a playoff run. He’ll likely have a shot at the Yankees’ rotation next spring.