Video: Lorenzo Cain’s speed helps Royals take late lead in ALCS clincher

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With ALCS Game 6 tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning and both teams coming out of a rain delay lasting roughly 45 minutes, Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain kickstarted a rally when he drew a walk against Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna.

First baseman Eric Hosmer then ripped a single down the right field line, which right fielder Jose Bautista adroitly corralled. Bautista, however, wheeled and fired a high-arcing throw towards second base. Upon seeing that, Royals third base coach Mike Jirschele waved Cain home. Cain scored easily to break the tie, putting the Royals up 3-3.

Bautista didn’t exactly make a poor play. His effort limits the runner to a single every time, and most runners aren’t quick enough to score on that kind of a play, nor are most third base coaches willing to take such a big risk in such an important situation as Jirschele was. It was a situation when one great strategy went up against another great strategy. The Royals happened to win that battle.

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Closer Wade Davis got into some trouble in the top of the ninth, but saw his way out of it with back-to-back strikeouts and a game-ending ground out to send the Royals back to the World Series. They’ll play the Mets for all the marbles, with Game 1 starting on Tuesday.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.