Royals and Angels deadlocked through five innings in Game 1 of ALDS


The Royals and Angels are deadlocked through five innings tonight in Game 1 of the ALDS.

Alcides Escobar got the Royals on the board first with a two-out RBI double off Jered Weaver in the top of the third inning. You can watch video of the hit here. The lead didn’t last long, as Chris Iannetta launched a solo homer off Jason Vargas in the bottom of the third to draw even. Here’s video of the blast. Mike Trout lost a ball in the lights in the top of the fifth inning, resulting in a double for Alex Gordon, who eventually came home to score on a sacrifice fly by Omar Infante. However, the Angels fought right back in the bottom of the frame with a leadoff homer from David Freese to tie the game at 2-2. That’s where we stand now.

Of course, postseason heroics are nothing new for Freese. He now has eight career playoff home runs.

To the top of the sixth we go in Anaheim.

Cardinals sign pitcher Miles Mikolas to 3-year, $55.75M deal

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ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas is sticking with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The right-hander signed a three-year, $55.75 million contract on Friday that will carry through the 2025 season.

The new deal replaces a $68 million, four-year contract signed in February 2019 that covered the 2020-23 seasons and was set to pay $15.75 million this year.

Mikolas will receive a $5 million signing bonus payable July 1 and will make $18.75 million in 2023 and $16 million in each of the following two seasons. Mikolas can earn a $250,000 bonus for winning a Cy Young Award, $50,000 for All-Star election or selection or winning a Gold Glove, $100,000 for League Championship Series MVP and $150,000 for World Series MVP.

Mikolas is scheduled to make the second opening-day start of his big league career next Thursday when the Cardinals host Toronto. Mikolas went 12-13 with a 3.29 ERA last season while helping St. Louis to the NL Central title.

“Miles stands among the top pitchers in the game today, and has continued to provide a steady presence for us both in the rotation and inside the clubhouse,” St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement.

Mikolas is 45-40 with a 3.79 in 143 games with San Diego, Texas and St. Louis. He recently pitched six shutout innings in two appearances for the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic.