Trevor May is going back to the Twins’ bullpen

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Twins pitcher Trevor May started the 2015 season in the starting rotation, but was moved to the bullpen in July after 15 mediocre starts, leading to a 4.37 ERA. He had more success as a reliever, posting a 3.15 ERA with 39 strikeouts and eight walks in 34 1/3 innings. May also saw a velocity jump from around 93 MPH to 95-96 MPH, per Brooks Baseball.

May was touched up for four runs in 2 2/3 innings in his most recent spring start against the Orioles. Today, the Twins have announced that May is heading back to the bullpen,’s Rhett Bollinger reports. This doesn’t close the door on him starting again, even this year, but the Twins seem to be sold that he functions better in that role. Twins GM Terry Ryan said, “I envision him being a future starter,” according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

May, 26, was a fourth-round pick by the Phillies in the 2008 draft. He became a top prospect in their then-barren minor league system. The Phillies sent him along with pitcher Vance Worley to the Twins in exchange for outfielder Ben Revere in a December 2012 trade.

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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.