Yankees, Rays are not going to flip-flop their September series for Hurricane Irma

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No one knows what Hurricane Irma might bring to Florida in general or to the Tampa Bay area specifically, but the Rays and Yankees are trying to figure out a plan for next week’s series, which is scheduled to kick off Monday when Irma is supposed to be in Florida.

The Yankees and Rays are scheduled to play in The Bronx from September 26-28, but just as the Rangers were unwilling to make a flip-flop work in the wake of Harvey, it sounds like the Yankees are equally unwilling. Here’s Joe Girardi, speaking to the Daily News, when asked about a flipping series:

“I think the trouble with that is people have bought tickets for those games. That’s the problem for us and I don’t think that’s fair to do for our fans. So, well you can just flip the tickets, well people plan trips around that. So I don’t think that’s fair.”

This was roughly the Rangers’ explanation. Which is legitimate when you think about it. No matter what happens it seems like the fans in Florida will be out of luck next week, and messing with a series in a few weeks isn’t going to change that. Of course, it’s not Joe Girardi’s call, so what will actually happen is not yet clear.

The Daily News speculates that next week’s series could be moved to a neutral site, such as Camden Yards or possibly the White Sox’ park. Girardi wonders if they can’t simply postpone Monday and then possible do a doubleheader on Tuesday or Wednesday if the area is spared major damage. For the record, the Marlins are not scheduled to play in Miami until next weekend, so there’s more time to make a decision about their next home games.

I suspect Major League Baseball will weigh in on this fairly soon.

 

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.