Another potential cable deal could mean more Dodgers games on TV in southern California soon

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With the caveat that developments in cable TV are never certain, the Los Angeles Times reports that a development in cable TV could mean that baseball fans in the Los Angeles area could soon actually, you know, see the Dodgers play baseball on TV.

The development: Cable operator Charter Communications is nearing a deal to purchase Time-Warner Cable. Time-Warner is the company behind the Dodgers’ TV Network and, currently, Time Warner is the only cable provider carrying that network in Southern California. Since very few people have Time-Warner service, however, Dodgers games go mostly unseen in L.A.

Charter, if it purchases Time-Warner, would then likely provide the Dodgers to its current customers which the Times says are in Burbank, La Cañada Flintridge, Long Beach. Charter could even start to carry the channel before a deal goes through as a sign of good faith or advance planning or what have you.

Such a deal would require regulatory approval. The lack of such approval just sunk Comcast’s bid to buy Time-Warner (see above about developments in cable TV not being certain). “Comcast owns NBC-Universal, by the way, and is ultimately responsible for my paycheck,” the handsome blogger said in the interests of full disclosure.

There have been a lot of promises to Dodgers fans blacked out of watching their team play on TV, so they’re likely not going to get too excited just yet. But hope is better than nothin’.

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.