Giants may push back Jake Peavy’s first start

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Jake Peavy struggled badly in his final two Cactus League starts, yielding 13 runs — 11 earned — over just 6 2/3 total innings. So the Giants are considering delaying his first appearance of the regular season so that he can try to iron some things out on the side.

Giants general manager Bobby Evans told Jim Bowden of SiriusXM on Sunday morning that Ryan Vogelsong — who was projected to open 2015 in long relief — could start against the Diamondbacks in Peavy’s place this Tuesday night. Peavy would then take the sixth game of the regular season against the Padres, giving the Giants a temporary six-man rotation.

Peavy agreed to a two-year, $24 million free agent contract with the Giants this past winter after posting a brilliant 2.17 ERA across 78 2/3 innings last season for San Francisco. The 33-year-old right-hander had a 4.72 ERA in 124 innings with Boston before the July 2014 trade that sent him out west.

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.