Diamondbacks release Cody Ross, option Yasmany Tomas to Triple-A

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The Diamondbacks announced on Twitter that the club has released outfielder Cody Ross. Ross is owed $8.5 million for the 2015 season plus a $1 million buyout for 2016. Ross, 34, has played in only 177 games over the last two seasons due to calf and hip injuries. In that time, he compiled a combined .268/.322/.378 with 10 home runs and 53 RBI in 570 plate appearances.

The D’Backs also announced that they’ve optioned Yasmany Tomas to Triple-A Reno. The club signed Tomas to a six-year, $68.5 million contract in December. However, he played poor defense at third base — bad enough for the team to consider using him part-time in the outfield. With the outfield as crowded as it is, it may benefit Tomas more to get consistent playing time in the minor leagues.

The state of the Diamondbacks in a couple of tweets from Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic:

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.