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The Blue Jays and Indians were rained out for the second straight time in Cleveland on Sunday afternoon, setting up a doubleheader next month. Toronto will stop in Ohio on May 3, previously a day off for both clubs, and play a pair of makeup games — weather permitting — starting at 1 p.m.The Jays’ rotation won’t change for their three-game home series against the Kansas City Royals, starting Monday night. Jaime Garcia, the scheduled starter on Saturday and Sunday, will take the hill Monday followed by J.A. Happ and Aaron Sanchez.

After Sunday’s rainout on Jackie Robinson Day across the majors, the Blue Jays will instead honour the legendary No. 42, the first African-American major leaguer of the modern era, during Monday’s series opener.The Jays finished their first road trip of the season with a 5-2 record.Blue Jays lefty Jaime Garcia, who was originally scheduled to start Saturday’s game, has now been pushed back to start Monday’s series opener at home against the Royals. Lefty J.A. Happ will follow on Tuesday and right-hander Aaron Sanchez will start the series finale on Wednesday.

Sunday’s scheduled series finale in Cleveland will now be played on May 3 — the same day as the makeup for Saturday’s rainout. The two games will be played as a traditional doubleheader. The first game of the doubleheader is slated to start at 1:10 p.m. ET, with gates opening at noon.Fans with tickets to Sunday’s game can exchange them for tickets to the May 3 doubleheader, which includes admission to both games, beginning on Thursday at Indians.com. But those exchanges are subject to availability, as the fans who had tickets to Saturday’s postponed game will be given priority for the doubleheader.

Those fans who had tickets for Sunday that cannot exchange them for tickets to the May 3 doubleheader will instead be able to exchange them for one of two games: the Indians’ game on Sunday, June 17 against the Twins or their game Wednesday, June 20 against the White Sox. All the exchanges have to be made by midnight on April 27.TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays needed 26 games last season before they won for the ninth time.This season, the ninth win came in their 14th game Friday night when they overcame a 4-0 disadvantage to defeat the Cleveland Indians 8-4.

“We know we can come back,” said outfielder Steve Pearce, who hit a two-run double Friday. “We’ve got a lot of good hitters on this team and the pitchers are doing a great job of (keeping the team in it).”The news is not so good for the Kansas City Royals, who lost 5-3 to the Los Angeles Angels Saturday night at Kauffman Stadium to extend their losing streak to five.The Royals are 3-10, their worst start over 13 games since 2012 when they also were limited to three wins.

“They continue to battle,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “As long as they continue to push and battle, they’re going to get through it and they know it. It’s evident with the way they’re competing every single day, at least to my eyes.”Both teams will be coming off postponements when they meet Monday at the Rogers Centre.The Blue Jays will start left-hander Jaime Garcia (1-0, 3.18 ERA) Monday after their games Saturday and Sunday at Progressive Field were postponed because of rain. Garcia was scheduled to start Saturday, then Sunday, so the rotation will stay the same, meaning the staff will be well rested.

The Royals will start left-hander Eric Skoglund, who was scheduled to start Sunday against the Angels, but the game was postponed because of cold weather.The Royals have had a feast-or-famine start to the season. All three of their wins have been shutouts, but in the 10 losses they have been outscored 59-27.”I still feel like this team is going to get it together and we’re going to get on a little bit of a run,” Yost said.Help should be arriving soon. Catcher Salvador Perez has been sent to Double-A Northwest Arkansas Saturday on a rehabilitation assignment. He went on the disabled list March 29 with a Grade 2 MCL tear in a left knee, which was incurred while carrying his luggage from spring training up stairs at his home.

“Probably won’t be that long,” Yost said. “I know he’s anxious to get back.”Skoglund will be making his second start of the season Monday. He took the loss when the Royals lost 8-3 to the Seattle Mariners Tuesday, allowing five runs, six hits and two walks while striking out three in 4 2/3 innings.This will be his first career outing against Toronto.It was his first game competition in 24 days after his two previous attempts were either cancelled or postponed because of inclement weather.Garcia, who will make his third start of the season for the Blue Jays, is 1-1 with a 5.68 ERA in five career starts against the Royals.

His second start was April 8 at Texas when he recorded his first win for Toronto, allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings.The Blue Jays put third baseman Josh Donaldson (right shoulder inflammation) and designated hitter Kendrys Morales (hamstring) on the disabled list last week.Outfielder Teoscar Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo Friday when Donaldson went on the DL and had two doubles and two RBIs, including what turned out to be the game-winning hit in the seventh inning.Right fielder Randal Grichuk continues to struggle at the plate.

He is batting .071 (3-for-42) with one home run but continues to play. He has one hit, three walks and 14 strikeouts in his past 37 plate appearances.”We believe in him,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “I think he’s close. I mean, he’s just missing some balls for whatever reason. We’ll let it run out and I think one solid game might set him off in the right direction.”Grichuk hit 24 homers in 2016 and 22 in 2017, both seasons with the St. LouisCardinals.

“He’s done it before, it’s not like he hasn’t hit at this level and never had any success,” Gibbons said. “When he gets on, he can do some things because he can run. And we’ve been looking for some of that around here. But, you know, he’s a human being and naturally he’s pressing hard.”KANSAS CITY — With temperatures hovering in the 30s and a biting wind billowing through Kauffman Stadium, Sunday’s series finale between the Angels and Royals was postponed due to frigid weather. The game has been rescheduled for June 25, which had been a scheduled off-day for the Angels before their six-game road trip to Boston and Baltimore.

Two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani, who was slated to pitch Sunday, will have his third start on the mound pushed to Tuesday against left-hander David Price and the Red Sox at Angel Stadium.After playing through snowy conditions on Saturday night, the Angels and Royals were once again prepared to endure the cold on Sunday, but the decision to postpone the game was made about 25 minutes before first pitch.

“I think it’s just a functionality in every respect,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “You saw snow flurries out there again and you’ve got a wind chill of about 18 degrees. We’ve all played in cold weather, but at some point, it crosses a line, and I think today definitely crossed a line.”Left fielder Justin Upton was among the Angels players relieved by the decision to call the game.”I’m excited about it, honestly,” Upton said. “Guys can get injured in this type of weather, if it’s too cold. I think guys feel the same way in the clubhouse. If there’s a time that we can play in better conditions, and pitchers are safe, batters are safe, then let’s do that.

“I just know as an outfielder, I threw a couple balls in last night and couldn’t feel my hand. My elbow was zinging a little bit. I can’t imagine being on the mound and having to continuously throw. I don’t, personally, think it’s safe.”

Ohtani said his chief concern entering Sunday had been that his fingertips might go numb and cause him to lose feel for the ball.”Ideally, of course, I would like to pitch in sunny, nice weather,” Ohtani said via interpreter Ippei Mizuhara. “But these things are going to come up during the season, so it would have been a good experience for me maybe in the long run. In that case, maybe I’m a little disappointed I didn’t pitch today.”

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