Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

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Kauffman Stadium is usually covered in red during the now-annual interleague meeting between the Cardinals and Royals. And not much has changed in that regard this weekend. But those Cardinal-red clad fans haven’t had nearly as much to cheer about.

In the series opener Friday night, the American League Central-leading Royals jumped out to a three-run first inning lead against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn and went on to win 5-0. St. Louis struck first on Saturday, but it was the Royals who were on top 3-2 when the game was halted by rain in the bottom of the sixth inning. Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second and Salvador Perez laced an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth. Play did not resume, giving Kansas City its fifth straight win.

The forecast for Sunday’s series finale is rough-looking. If the game is played, it’ll be 23-year-old Michael Wacha trying to pitch the National League Central-leading Cardinals out of a potential sweep against their cross-state rival. 23-year-old Yordano Ventura is on tap for the Royals.

There’s some pretty good baseball being played in Missouri.

Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …

Rangers 15, Yankees 4

Mariners 3, Blue Jays 2

Phillies 8, Nationals 1

Pirates 8, Mets 2

Astros 3, Tigers 2

Twins 4, White Sox 3

Reds 1, Indians 2

Brewers 2, Braves 3 (11 innings)

Athletics 5, Rays 0

Giants 10, Rockies 8 (Game 1)

Angels 3, Red Sox 8

Cardinals 2, Royals 3 (6 innings)

Orioles 0, Marlins 1 (13 innings)

Padres 0, Dodgers 2

Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 6

Giants 3, Rockies 5 (Game 2)

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.