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Royals outlast Blue Jays 4-3 in ALCS Game 6, advance to the World Series


A heads-up decision by Royals third base coach Mike Jirschele and terrific base running by Lorenzo Cain helped break a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the eighth inning, pushing past the Blue Jays to clinch Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday night. They have earned the right to host the Mets in the World Series, which begins on Tuesday.

The game had just resumed after a rain delay lasting around 45 minutes, and the Blue Jays sent closer Roberto Osuna out to the mound. Lorenzo Cain drew a leadoff walk. Eric Hosmer then hooked a single down the right field line, quickly corralled by Jose Bautista. However, Bautista wheeled and fired a high arcing throw into the infield. Upon seeing that, Jirschele waved Cain around the third base bag and he scored easily to break the tie. Kendrys Morales followed up with a single, putting runners at first and second with no outs, but Osuna got Mike Moustakas to fly out and Salvador Perez to hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play.

Closer Wade Davis, who got the final two outs of the eighth inning prior to the rain delay, took the mound in the top of the ninth inning. He got into some trouble, issuing a leadoff single to Russell Martin, then watched pinch-runner Dalton Pompey steal second and third base. Pillar walked and swiped second while Davis struck out pinch-hitter Dioner Navarro. Ben Revere fanned, leaving it all up to Josh Donaldson. Donaldson grounded a 2-2 pitch to Moustakas at third base, who whipped the ball to first baseman Hosmer as the Royals clinched the pennant.

The Royals took an early 2-0 lead against Blue Jays starter David Price as Ben Zobrist slugged a solo home run to left field in the first inning, and Moustakas ripped a line drive home run to right-center in the second, which was upheld upon replay review. The Jays got on the board in the fourth inning when Jose Bautista hit a monster solo home run to left field off of Royals starter Yordano Ventura.

The Royals added an insurance run in the seventh inning when Alex Rios hit an RBI single to right field against Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez. The run was charged to Price, who had exited with two outs and a runner on second base. He finished having allowed three runs on five hits and a walk with eight strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings. Ventura allowed the one run on four hits and two walks with five strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.

Bautista kept the Jays’ playoff hopes alive, smoking a game-tying, two-run home run to left field in the eighth inning against Ryan Madson — his second homer of the game and RBI’s two and three, accounting for all of his team’s runs. The Jays had a few opportunities but non-Bautista hitters weren’t able to come through.

Game 1 of the World Series will be played at 8 PM EDT on Tuesday. Mets manager Terry Collins hasn’t said who he’ll tab with the start, but it sounds like Matt Harvey over Jacob deGrom, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.


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