Pirates acquire Kyle Lobstein from Tigers


Left-hander Kyle Lobstein, who was designated for assignment by the Tigers last week, has been traded to the Pirates for cash considerations.

Detroit not even getting a player to be named later or cash considerations means it’s basically a giveaway deal, although Lobstein has a chance to crack Pittsburgh’s roster in a bullpen role.

There isn’t much upside to be had, however. He’s a soft-tosser with a 5.33 ERA and just 59 strikeouts in 103 innings as a big leaguer and the 26-year-old former second-round draft pick also has a mediocre 3.83 ERA in the minors.

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.