Andy Pettitte throws out the first pitch, is definitely still retired

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Andy Pettitte threw out of the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium yesterday and naturally the reporters on hand asked him about retirement.

Pettitte admitted that “there’s no doubt” he’s thought about pitching again, but then added:

I don’t know if that will ever go away. When I’m away … not thinking about playing or thinking about the games, I’m just so content. It’s just been awesome. Retirement’s been everything I thought it would be. The desire is not there. The same desire that made me go home is the same desire to play. Again, like I’ve said, unless God works a miracle and gives me that desire to do that, I don’t see any chance.

Instead he settled for throwing a pitch to longtime batterymate and current Yankees designated hitter Jorge Posada, who’s actually a year older than Pettitte.

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.