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.
SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have begun the process of bolstering their bullpen by signing right-hander Trevor Gott to a one-year contract on Wednesday.
Gott appeared in 45 games last season with Milwaukee, going 3-4 with a 4.14 ERA. Gott had 44 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings and held opponents to a .204 batting average.
Gott’s signing helps fill a void created when Erik Swanson was traded to Toronto as part of the deal that brought slugger Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle earlier this month. Gott has also pitched for San Francisco, Washington and the Los Angeles Angels.
Last season with the Brewers, Gott saw significant drops in batting average against and walk percentage, while raising his strikeout percentage.
Seattle also made a front office announcement Wednesday with the promotion of Andy McKay to assistant general manager. McKay has been with the club since 2015, when he was hired as the director of player development. McKay was promoted to senior director of baseball development in November 2021.
In his new role, McKay will oversee baseball development at all levels of the organization.