We've located Jorge Sosa… in case anyone cares

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jorge sosa throwing.JPGJuan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel passes along word that veteran right-hander Jorge Sosa has joined up with the Marlins’ Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Sosa has pitched for the Rays, Braves, Cardinals, Mets and Nationals over the course of his eight-year professional career.  He was a member of Washington’s bullpen last season and posted a 6.45 ERA, 1.79 WHIP and 17/12 K/BB ratio in 22 1/3 innings before he was eventually designated for assignment.

The 32-year-old was at his best back in 2005, when he finished 13-3 with a 2.55 ERA in 44 appearances (20 starts) for Atlanta.  Of course, that was a long time ago, and he’s unlikely to make a splash in the big leagues anytime in the near future.  But, uh, just in case you kind folks were wondering what the guy is up to…

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.