Video: Billy Hamilton steals third base in an unexpected way

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Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton has firmly established himself as the fastest player in baseball, entering play Saturday having stolen 42 bases (leading the majors) in 48 attempts. There’s very little he can do that would surprise us at this point.

But, wouldn’t you know it, Hamilton shocked not only the fans at Marlins Park and fans watching at home, but the Marlins themselves when he stole third base as catcher J.T. Realmuto was returning the ball to starter Adam Conley in the top of the third inning. Hamilton reached base in a single and stole second prior to the play. So he’s now at 44 stolen bases in 50 attempts on the year.

MLB.com doesn’t have the embed option for this video (yet, presumably), so click here to watch Hamilton work his magic.

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.