Mark Teixeira thrown out at plate, barks at his third base coach and throws trash can

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In the eighth inning of last night’s Yankees-Rangers game Mark Teixeira attempted to score from second base but was thrown out at home on a strong throw. As soon as he was called out he showed his frustration, looking back at third base coach Joe Espada with some “why did you send me?” gestures. Then, afterward, he showed more frustration, tossing a trash can around. Watch:

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After the game, both Teixeira and Espada said the fault was Espada’s, as he told Teixeira “easy, easy,” as he rounded third, meaning there was no need to go home hard. Which, welp, was just wrong. Also worth noting that Didi Gregorius was behind the plate and was not signaling Teixeira to get down.

Stuff happens I guess. But it’s been a while since we’ve seen a can-tossing or water cooler busting type of thing in baseball. Must be a signal that August is coming.

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.