Former infielder Luis Rivera is the manager of the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League. They were playing against Bluefield and Rivera neglected to list all but one of his relief pitchers on his lineup card. As a result, the Kingsport Times-News reports, he was forced to use position players Jose Figuera, Luis Ortega and Gregory Valencia as pitchers in the game.
Sometimes that works out OK. This time it didn’t. The three position players combined for seven walks and zero strikeouts. Figuera gave up six runs on his own. Ortega allowed a homer. Valencia allowed two unearned runs.
(h/t MLB Cut 4)
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.