Yankees place Burnett, Soriano and Posada on waivers

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It’s supposed to be hush-hush when veterans get placed on revocable waivers in August, but names always tend to leak, and the New York Post is reporting that the Yankees have placed A.J. Burnett, Rafael Soriano and Jorge Posada all on trade waivers.

It’s doubtful any member of the trio will be claimed.  Burnett is owed about $55 million through the end of 2014, and Soriano is guaranteed another $28 million through 2013.  Posada is a free agent after this season, but he’s due to make a bit more than $4 million over the rest of the season and no one is going to want him at that price.

Once the players clear waivers, they’ll be eligible to be dealt this month.  Still, it’s highly unlikely any will be traded.  This is all just part of the routine.

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.