The Dodgers were leaving San Diego and heading to Texas, but they had to make an unexpected stop back in Los Angeles last night after their charter plane was diverted to LAX due to a mechanical issue.
There was no official word on what happened, but on his Instagram page infielder/amateur airline mechanic Justin Turner said it was a stabilizer problem. Which is kind of scary because stabilizers are somewhat more important to airplanes than, say, the little fan above your seat or the toilet at the front of the plane outside of which you’re not allowed to line up.
Happy because of the win, not happy because of the delay.
The Dodgers got a new plane and then made it on to Texas.
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.