Chris Capuano the favorite to win final spot in Yankees’ rotation

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Chad Jennings of the Lohud Yankees Blog reports that left-hander Chris Capuano is the favorite to win the final spot in the Yankees’ starting rotation. The club has a number of candidates who will compete for the job during the spring, including young arms and some veteran relievers, but Jennings expects Capuano to win the job.

Capuano, 36, posted a 4.25 ERA with a 55/19 K/BB ratio in 65 2/3 innings after coming over to the Yankees in July after being released by the Red Sox. He had been pitching out of the bullpen in Boston, but was inserted into the Yankees’ rotation at the end of July.

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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.