Phillies new left fielder Ben Revere flashed some leather in Sunday afternoon’s Grapefruit League match-up with the Tigers, robbing Rajai Davis of a solo home run in the top of the third inning. Starter Aaron Harang hung a breaking ball, which Davis nearly took advantage of if not for Revere leaping up and snagging the ball before it could go over the fence.
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Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Revere had said jokingly to Davis that he’d play lighter defense for him. Davis said, “Take it easy. I need some hits,” to which Revere replied, “I got you, man. But just drop a bomb. Don’t make me run.”
As Zolecki recounts, as Revere was jogging off of the field after the catch, he met up with Davis near third base. Davis said, “What did we just talk about?” Revere said, “My bad. I’m sorry, dude.”
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.