World Series Reset: Game 1 — finally! — is tonight

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We’ll be breaking down and previewing the game in depth throughout the day, but for now, here are the basics:

The Game: World Series Game 1. San Francisco Giants vs. Kansas City Royals
The Time: 8:07 PM Eastern
The Place: Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri
The Channel: Fox
The Starters: Madison Bumgarner vs. James Shields
The Upshot: It’s about darn time. If rust is an issue it should be an equal opportunity impediment. The position players have had four days off for the Giants, five for the Royals and Giants starter Madison Bumgarner is on regular rest. Shields, however, has had extended rest — he last pitched in Game 1 of the ALCS, 11 days ago. Maybe it helps him maybe it hurts his command. We won’t know until pitches start flying. One thing we do know is that Shields had his best game of the year back in August against these Giants, pitching his lone shutout of the season and tossing a four-hitter.

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.