Alex Colome to make 2015 debut Friday vs. Orioles

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Alex Colome showed up late to Rays camp this spring due to visa issues in his native Dominican Republic and he caught a bad case of pneumonia once he did finally arrive in Florida. But everything is trending well now for the 26-year-old right-hander …

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Colome is scheduled to make his 2015 regular-season debut this Friday night against the Orioles. The game was scheduled to be played at Camden Yards, but it has been shifted to Tampa Bay’s Tropicana Field due to the ongoing unrest in downtown Baltimore.

Colome posted a 2.35 ERA and 17/3 K/BB ratio in 15 1/3 rehab innings (four starts) between High-A Charlotte and Triple-A Durham. He boasts a 2.50 ERA in 39 2/3 career major league frames.

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.