The Royals are in the playoffs for the first time since 1985

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Jeremy Guthrie played the role of hero on Friday night, as his seven shutout innings helped the Royals beat the White Sox 3-1 on Friday night, clinching a playoff appearance for the first time since 1985. They will at least show up in the American League Wild Card play-in game.

On the offensive side, Nori Aoki sparked a three-run first inning, knocking in the Royals’ first run with an RBI triple. Lorenzo Cain then singled him in, and Cain later scored on a Billy Butler single. Greg Holland wrapped up the ninth inning for his 46th save in 48 opportunities, as he puts the finishing touches on yet another dominant season.

The Tigers fell to the Twins 11-4, which means they have only a one-game lead over the Royals in the AL Central with two games left to play. The Royals could pop open yet more champagne.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”