Christian Yelich expected to rejoin Marlins on Friday

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Some very good news here for the Marlins …

According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, outfielder Christian Yelich — who has been sidelined since April 19 with a bulging disk in his lower back — is expected to return from the disabled list this Friday. Yelich began a minor league rehab assignment on Sunday at High-A Jupiter and has tallied one hit and two walks over six plate appearances so far.

Yelich was off to a really rough start this season for Miami, batting just .200/.265/.222 with zero homers, one stolen base, and 13 strikeouts through 49 plate appearances. The 23-year-old hit .284/.362/.402 with nine homers, 21 steals, and 94 runs scored in 144 games last season and then landed a seven-year, $49.57 million contract extension in March.

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.