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

Miles Mikolas open to extension with Cardinals

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Though he has only accumulated just over two years of service time in the major leagues, Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas can become a free agent after the 2019 season due to language in his current two-year, $15.5 million contract. He is open to signing a contract extension with the Cardinals, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Mikolas said, “It’s something that the Cardinals and my agency have to work out – if the numbers work out and everything turns out to be it’s absolutely something that could happen.” His agent, from Octagon, has had discussions with the Cardinals about a framework for an extension.

Mikolas, 30, spent the 2015-17 seasons pitching for the Yomiuri Giants in the Japan Central League. He had great results, which he was able to leverage into a contract back in the U.S. Last season, his first in the majors since 2014, he finished sixth in NL Cy Young balloting and earned a spot on the NL All-Star roster. The right-hander went 18-4 with a 2.83 ERA and a 146/29 K/BB ratio in 200 2/3 innings.

This coming season, Mikolas will be part of a starting rotation that also includes Carlos Martínez, Jack Flaherty, Michael Wacha, and Adam Wainwright.