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Wednesday's Postseason implications
- Red Sox clinch AL East title
- Orioles beat Blue Jays to keep sole possession of second AL wild card
- Mets' magic number shrinks to 2 after win plus Cardinals loss
Hyun Soo Kim hit a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth inning off Roberto Osuna, and the Baltimore Orioles beat Toronto 3-2 on Wednesday night to move within one game of the AL wild card-leadin
Jays lead O's in wild-card leaders matchup
In what could be a preview of the AL wild-card game, Toronto leads Baltimore 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth inning. If the score holds, and the Tigers beat the Indians (game is currently delayed on ESPN), then Detroit would tie the O's for the second wild card. Follow live
Lineup: Blue Jays (87-70) vs. Orioles (85-72)
- 1. Ezequiel Carrera, LF (L)
- 2. Josh Donaldson, 3B (R)
- 3. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B (R)
- 4. Jose Bautista, RF (R)
- 5. Russell Martin, C (R)
- 6. Troy Tulowitzki, SS (R)
- 7. Michael Saunders, DH (L)
- 8. Kevin Pillar, CF (R)
- 9. Ryan Goins, 2B (L)
- SP: Francisco Liriano, LHP
What's ahead for AL wild-card teams?
The Blue Jays and Orioles better hold on tight, as the Tigers, Mariners and Astros will all end their season against teams that are well below .500.
Aaron Sanchez joins select Jays company
Against the Orioles on Tuesday, Sanchez improved to 14-2 in 2016, becoming the third pitcher in Blue Jays history to win at least 14 of his first 16 decisions in a season, per the Elias Sports Bureau. David Wells started 14-2 in 2000, and Roy Halladay also won 14 of his first 16 decisions in 2003 season.
Blue Jays do wild-card hopefuls a favor
The Jays beat the Orioles on Tuesday, allowing the Tigers to get back within a game of the second wild card with their win over the Indians. The Mariners failed to take advantage, losing to the Astros to give Houston life.
Aaron Sanchez set for wild-card game?
Assuming the Blue Jays make it (they have a two-game lead for the top spot), they could push Sanchez's next start on Sunday back for the one-game playoff. The right-hander dazzled against the O's with 10 K's. What we learned Tuesday
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Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer, Aaron Sanchez struck out 10 and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 on Tuesday night in the opener of their AL wild-card showdown.
David Schoenfield SweetSpot blogger
Good news for the Tigers and Mariners as the Blue Jays beat the Orioles 5-1 behind six strong innings from Aaron Sanchez, who recorded 10 K's -- eight of those coming on his fastball, a season best. Sanchez is slated to next go on Sunday, but the Jays hope to have a spot clinched by then so he'll be ready for the wild-card game.
Intrigue north of the border
Have you checked those American League wild-card standings lately? Allow us to refresh your memory: the Blue Jays entered Tuesday just one game ahead of Orioles. And guess which two teams play each other over the next three days in Toronto? Baseball's final week madness
Blue Jays reliever Joaquin Benoit tore his left calf during a benches-clearing incident against the Yankees on Monday and is out for at least the rest of the regular season.
Blue Jays' bullpen failing them of late
In its last 14 games, Toronto has received excellent starting pitching overshadowed by the subpar performance of its relievers. Such was the case Monday, as J.A. Happ went 7 1/3 strong innings before the bullpen imploded in the ninth.
Which Blue Jays have mastered spin rate?
Spin rate is a relatively new factor of pitching being explored, but those who do it best are finding success. Joe Biagini and Aaron Sanchez are among pitchers with the highest spin rates on curveballs. Why spin rate matters (Insider)
Orioles enjoy a good day off
The O's didn't take the field on Monday, but their wild-card chances improved due to losses by the Blue Jays and Tigers. The Mariners beat the Astros, sending Houston's postseason hopes to the brink.
Jason Grilli givng Jays reason to worry
For the second time this month, Grilli, Toronto's primary setup man, endured a meltdown outing against the Yankees, allowing four runs both times. The good news: It's unlikely that he'll face New York in the playoffs. What we learned Monday
Game of the day: Blue Jays vs. Orioles
Aaron Sanchez against Kevin Gausman is an intriguing pitching matchup, but, more importantly, there's pressure on the Blue Jays to win after Monday's loss. The O's are just a game back in the wild-card standings. Schoenfield: Daily wild-card watch (Insider)
On Base Percentage.3306th
Earned Run Average3.796th
Blue Jays vs Orioles
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