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D-Backs president and CEO Derrick Hall is doing a Reddit AMA and it probably won’t go well

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One of the Diamondbacks’ social media interns (presumably) posted a thread on Reddit’s /r/baseball on Wednesday night, gathering questions ahead of Thursday evening when club president and CEO Derrick Hall would stop by and answer those questions.

You may remember the Diamondbacks from such blunders as trading for Shelby Miller and then defending trading for Shelby Miller. You may also remember them from the time chief baseball officer Tony La Russa stormed into the Pirates’ broadcast booth after the broadcasters criticized the team over hitting opposing batters in retaliation.

There’s so much more, really, and the displeasure among fans could not have been captured better than in that Reddit thread. In the thread’s most upvoted comment, a fan with the moniker “ThisMachineKILLS” writes, “But as a diehard Diamondbacks fan … it’s also apparent that baseball has moved on without us, except to look back at us and laugh. Why are we the laughing stock of the league?” That comment received Reddit Gold, a way other readers and commenters reward the comment’s author for a good comment.

Another fan, prob25, writes, “I’ve been a fan since the beginning of the franchise and have stuck with them even after all the horrible seasons. So I have to say, Congratulations! This front office has killed my interest in the team.”

Rhinojo writes, “Why did you hire two guys with no team building experience to build the team?”

lrpatt writes, “[My dad and I] have watched this franchise devolve into the laughing stock of the division and league. I still watch, but go to bed angry almost every night.”

These are all within the seven most-upvoted comments as of this writing. Hall and his social media team don’t appear to realize what they’ve just stepped into, but it looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun to watch. Hall will start answering questions at 5 PM EDT. Getcha popcorn ready.

Blue Jays clinch 1st playoff spot since 2016, beat Yanks 4-1

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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Hyun Jin Ryu pitched seven shutout innings and the Toronto Blue Jays clinched their first postseason spot since 2016, beating the Yankees 4-1 Thursday night and further damaging New York’s chances of hosting a first-round playoff series.

New York lost for the fourth time in five games and remained two games behind the slumping White Sox for the fourth seed. Chicago lost 5-4 at Cleveland, its fifth straight defeat.

Toronto secured at least an AL wild-card spot and ensured its eighth trip overall to the postseason.

Blue Jays players embraced on the diamond at their temporary home of Sahlen Field in Buffalo after Rafael Dolis struck out Aaron Hicks to end it.

The Blue Jays trail the Yankees by two games for second place in the AL East. Both teams have three games remaining. Toronto hosts Baltimore in Buffalo while the Yankees host the Marlins.

New York failed to hit a homer for the fourth straight game, matching its longest streak since June 2016. It’s the first time the Yankees have failed to homer in a four-game series since doing so at Texas in July 2013.

New York loaded the bases with two outs in the eighth, but pinch-hitter Gary Sanchez flied out to deep center, where Randal Grichuk made a leaping catch at the wall.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered for Toronto.

Ryu (5-2) scattered five hits, walked two and struck out four. Luke Voit and Hicks hit back-to-back singles to begin the sixth but Ryu struck out Giancarlo Stanton, got Gleyber Torres to fly out and retired Gio Urshela on a groundball.

Dolis got four outs for his fifth save in six chances.

Ryu became the first Blue Jays starting pitcher since Aug. 22, 2019, to pitch into the seventh, pitching around Clint Frazier‘s leadoff single by setting down the next three, including pinch-hitter Aaron Judge. The left-hander lowered his ERA from 3.00 to 2.69.

Guerrero opened the scoring with a solo homer off left-hander Jordan Montgomery (2-3) in the second, his eighth.

The Blue Jays extended their lead when Cavan Biggio and Bo Bichette hit back-to-back, two-out doubles in the third.

Toronto made it 4-0 in the sixth. Grichuk chased Montgomery with a single and Guerrero singled off Adam Ottavino before rookie Alejandro Kirk hit a two-out, two-run double.

Montgomery lost for the first time in four starts. He allowed three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 innings.

The Blue Jays finished 5-5 in their 10-game regular season series against the Yankees.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Blue Jays: RHP Nate Pearson (elbow) was activated off the injured list and RHP Wilmer Font was designated for assignment. . RHP Jordan Romano (strained right middle finger) will throw a second bullpen session Friday.

Yankees: Judge is expected to start all three remaining regular season games, manager Aaron Boone said.

BIG HIT

New York infielder D.J. LeMaheiu went 1 for 5, dropping his MLB-best average to .355. A former NL batting champ seeing his first AL title, LeMahieu is well ahead of White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson. The Chicago star went 0 for 4 in Thursday’s loss to Cleveland, dropping his average to .338.

SHARED DUTY

Boone said he expects to use both Sanchez and Kyle Higashioka at catcher in the postseason. Higashioka has hit well while working with ace Gerrit Cole, while Sanchez has struggled with both offense and his defense down the stretch.

UP NEXT

Yankees: LHP J.A. Happ (2-2, 3.25) starts Friday as New York returns home to begin a three-game series against Miami. RHP Sandy Alcantara (3-2, 3.12) starts for the Marlins.

Blue Jays: RHP Taijuan Walker (4-3, 2.86) starts Friday in the opener of a three-game series against Baltimore. The Orioles have not named a starter.