Adam Jones finds the empty seats at Camden Yards “eerie”

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The Orioles and Red Sox played the third game of their four-game set on Wednesday, a game that has implications on both the American League East race and the Wild Card race. Yet, fans aren’t showing up at Camden Yards for what have been the Orioles’ most important games to date.

18,456 fans showed up for Monday’s game. 20,387 showed up Tuesday. Wednesday saw a modest increase of 20,865, per CSN Mid-Atlantic’s Rich Dubroff. To put that in perspective, the average attendance per game among all 30 clubs is 30,103, according to Baseball Reference. The three-game average 19,902 over the past three days at Camden Yards would be the fourth-lowest average attendance.

Outfielder Adam Jones doesn’t like seeing the empty seats. The lack of fans is “not sad, just, like, errie,” he said, as Peter Schmuck of the Baltimore Sun reports. Jones rattled off some possible explanations for the low attendance, such as ticket prices, but added, “I get all that, but I’m saying, the city wanted a winner. The last five years we’ve gotten a winner. I don’t know if they’ve gotten complacent on us from winning. I hope they haven’t, because winning is fun every single year. Being in this race is very exciting every single year.”

If there is any consolation, the Orioles’ television ratings on MASN are strong, according to Schmuck. Jones said, “I know [the ratings] are really good, but we can’t tell who’s watching the game on TV.”

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.