Yankees clinch first postseason berth since 2012

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Congratulations to the Yankees, who clinched a spot in the American League Wild Card game with a 4-1 victory over the Red Sox tonight at Yankee Stadium. It was a cold and rainy night in the Bronx, so not many people were there to witness it in person, but the Yankees are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

CC Sabathia held Boston’s offense in check by allowing one run over five innings of work. The lone run scored on an RBI single from Mookie Betts in the fifth inning. Adam Warren followed with three scoreless innings before Dellin Betances tossed a 1-2-3 ninth inning to lock down the victory. Appropriately enough, this was the 10,000th win in franchise history.

The Yankees plated two runs against Rich Hill in the second inning, including a solo home run from Carlos Beltran and an RBI single by Brendan Ryan. Rookies Greg Bird and Rob Refsynder added some insurance with solo homers in the seventh and eighth innings.

While the Yankees have secured a Wild Card spot, they could clinch homefield with another win tomorrow or a loss by the Astros. The Wild Card game will take place next Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. ET. It’s still unclear who their opponent will be.

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.