The Red Sox have hired Jerry Dipoto on an interim basis


This may not lead to anything long term, but it’s interesting enough:

I can’t find any Gammons tweet about that, so I assume he said it on TV or the radio, but I suppose that’s good enough sourcing.

In any event, not a major move if Dipoto is merely an advisor — lots of teams have lots of former GMs filling various advisory roles — but more interesting in light of the stuff we heard in the past couple of weeks about the Sox possibly being interested in bringing in another executive in baseball operations, be it above or below Ben Cherington.

Hard to assess Dipoto, really, given that his tenure as Diamondbacks GM was fairly short and that so much of his time with the Angels was spent either doing Arte Moreno’s bidding with respect to big contracts in the offseason or dealing with Mike Scioscia’s reluctance to take his lead during the season. There is a sense that he’s a bit more analytically-bent, however, so it makes some sense that he’d find a home, even if temporarily, in Boston.

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.