It was the second-to-last day of the regular season, and you probably already saw what happened in the games that mattered. But in case you didn’t …
The Pirates lost to the Reds in Cincinnati on a 10th-inning walkoff grand slam by Ramon Santiago and the Cardinals later fell to the Diamondbacks when David Peralta slugged a go-ahead three-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning, so there was no movement in the National League Central standings. St. Louis leads by one game with one game to play.
The Twins trounced the Tigers in Detroit thanks to Eduardo Escobar driving in a career-high six runs and the Royals fell to the White Sox in Chicago after an ugly outing from Danny Duffy, so no ground was shifted in the American League Central standings. Detroit leads by one game with one game to play.
The A’s lost again after Jeff Samardzija yielded five runs and the Mariners eked out a win over the Angels in extras, so the second American League Wild Card spot remains undecided. Oakland leads by one game.
We’ve laid out all the scenarios in a post previewing Sunday’s action. This should be good.
Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …
Yankees 4, Red Sox 10
Pirates 6, Reds 10 (10 innings)
Marlins 1, Nationals 5
Padres 1, Giants 3
Orioles 2, Blue Jays 4
Rays 2, Indians 0
Braves 4, Phillies 2
Twins 12, Tigers 3
Royals 4, White Sox 5
Cubs 1, Brewers 2
Astros 1, Mets 2
Athletics 4, Rangers 5
Cardinals 2, Diamondbacks 5
Angels 1, Mariners 2 (11 innings)
Rockies 5, Dodgers 6 (12 innings)
Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.
The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.
The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.
In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.