Diamondbacks option Yasmany Tomas to Triple-A

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Despite a solid spring performance, the Diamondbacks optioned Yasmany Tomas to Triple-A Reno, the club announced on Sunday. In Cactus League play, Tomas compiled a .293/.370/.439 triple-slash line with six doubles in 46 plate appearances.

Tomas, 27, was pushed out of a starting role in the outfield when the D-Backs acquired Steven Souza from the Rays last month. With Souza in left, David Peralta has right field and A.J. Pollock will handle center field.

Last season, Tomas hit a subpar .241/.294/.464 with eight home runs and 32 RBI in 180 PA while playing below average defense. Tomas is owed $10 million for this season and has player options for the 2019 and ’20 seasons worth $15.5 and $17 million, respectively.

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.