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Saturday, August 31st (All times Eastern)

Kansas City Royals (69-65) at Toronto Blue Jays (61-74), 1:07 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Kansas City - Jeremy Guthrie (13-10, 4.19) Toronto - R.A. Dickey (10-12, 4.39)

(Sports Network) - The Kansas City Royals were knocking on the door of the Detroit Tigers in the AL Central earlier this month, but after going 2-10 during a stretch in the middle of August, their postseason hopes faded.

Kansas City was revived with a five-game winning streak this week, but a loss on Friday to the Toronto Blue Jays in the opener of a three-game set provided yet another setback for a team that hasn't been to the postseason since winning the World Series in 1985.

Kansas City enters the day 6 1/2 games behind Oakland for the second wild card spot, but the Royals have the Yankees, Indians, Orioles and Rays in front of them leading up to the Athletics.

Jeremy Guthrie, who snapped a personal three-start losing streak in Monday's makeup game versus Tampa Bay, takes the hill today for the Royals. The righty is 3-7 with a 3.46 ERA in 19 career starts against the Blue Jays.

Knuckleball specialist R.A. Dickey counters for Toronto. He yielded two runs -- one earned -- in 6 1/3 innings and struck out six in a victory over the Yankees on Monday. That snapped a three-start winless stretch.

Dickey is 2-3 with a 4.79 ERA in 11 games (5 starts) versus Kansas City.

Adam Lind drove in two runs in Toronto's 3-2 win last night. Ryan Goins crossed the plate and brought in a run for the Blue Jays, who have won four of their last five games.

Mark Buehrle (11-7) won his sixth straight decision. The left-hander only surrendered four hits while striking out five batters in seven innings of work.

Kansas City went with Ervin Santana (8-8), who also tossed seven innings. He gave up three runs on four hits with six strikeouts. Santana has not won a game since August 4.

Alex Gordon, Eric Hosmer, and Mike Moustakas each had two hits for the Royals.

Casey Janssen picked up his 25th save of the season. The closer allowed two base runners, but did not concede a run.

The Blue Jays won two of three when the teams last played, from April 12 to 14 in Toronto.

08/31 10:23:05 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CAR 4
TAM 2
Final
IND 91
TOR 104
Final
DET 95
CLE 103
Final
MIA 102
MIL 109
Final
DAL 90
MEM 109
2nd
GSW 54
CHI 51
 
2nd
LAL 57
WAS 44
 
Final
AKR 59
BST 47
 
Final
KSU 63
CMICH 53
 
Final
VCU 72
GWU 48
Final
TOL 70
UMO 65
 
Final
MICH 58
NEB 44
Final
BGU 56
NILL 46
 
Final
EMICH 76
OHIO 40
 
Final
VT 70
PITT 67
Final
LAS 53
STJOE 48
Final
TULA 55
TULSA 62
Final
UGA 70
VANDY 62
Final
KYST 59
WVU 65
Final
BUF 77
WMICH 71
 
Final
GEOR 53
XAV 66
Final
EVAN 89
INDST 78
 
Final
ORU 94
TABOR 53
 
Final
OKST 64
BAY 53
9:00pm Tonight
PROV 0
DEP 0
 
Final
ALA 50
UF 52
9:00pm Tonight
RUTG 0
MSU 0
 
Final
ARK 69
TENN 64
 
Final
AUB 61
TEXAM 71
 
Final
UTST 56
WYO 44
Final
SDST 58
FRES 47
2nd
CALST 69
SDCHR 48
 
2nd
NEV 43
UNLV 46
 
1st
BSU 16
COLST 13
 
Final
PHI 4
ARI 3
Final
NYI 4
NYR 1
Final
CLB 4
WAS 3
Final
PIT 5
WIN 3
Final
MON 3
DAL 2
Final
FLA 4
DET 5
Final
CAR 4
TAM 2
Final
NAS 4
COL 3
Final
CAL 4
BUF 1
 
3rd
EDM 1
MIN 1
 
2nd
VAN 0
ANA 2