The Kansas City Royals had been 0-29 when trailing after eight innings. Whit Merrifield hit a two-run, two-out double that capped a four-run rally in the ninth inning, and the Royals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 on Friday night to reach .500 for the first time since April. "You always want to be up with the game on the line," Merrifield said.
Chris Young, Kansas City's winning pitcher in the 2015 World Series opener, has been designated for assignment. Young had a 7.50 ERA in two starts and 12 relief appearances allowing 47 hits, including seven home runs and 18 walks in 30 innings.
Right-handers Jacob deGrom and Johnny Cueto go head-to-head for the first time since the 2015 World Series when the New York Mets and San Francisco Giants continue their three-game series Saturday night. The Mets won the series opener 11-4 on Friday behind a season best-tying 20 hits, snapping a four-game losing streak. "We have our work cut out for us," Mets manager Terry Collins said of the club's big picture, which showed his team a season-worst 10 games under .500 at the start of play Friday.