The Blue Jays will have to lean hard on their bullpen if they’re going to make anything happen in the playoffs.
The Blue Jays have clinched a spot in the postseason for the first time since 2016 so Yahoo Sports Canada's Amit Mann and Nick Ashbourne look back at what they've learned from Toronto's regular season.
The Blue Jays have clinched a spot in the postseason for the first time since 2016, Yahoo Sports Canada's Amit Mann and Nick Ashbourne discuss who they would trust most in a big at-bat or on the mound situation in the playoffs.
With the regular season winding down, the Blue Jays appear destined for their first playoff appearance since 2016. Yahoo Sports Canada's Amit Mann and Nick Ashbourne take a look at areas they need to tidy up if they want to win a round.
Daniel Ponce de Leon pitched one-hit ball over six innings, Tommy Edman hit a two-run homer and the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-1 to split their pivotal doubleheader Friday night. In the opener, Christian Yelich homered and Brent Suter combined with Devin Williams and Josh Hader on a five-hitter for the Brewers in a 3-0 win.
The Marlins clinched an improbable playoff berth in their coronavirus-decimated season, beating the New York Yankees 4-3 in 10 innings Friday night to seal a postseason trip on the field of the team that Miami CEO Derek Jeter and manager Don Mattingly once captained. Miami earned its first postseason trip since 2003 when it won the World Series as the Florida Marlins, capped by a Game 6 victory in the Bronx over Jeter and his New York teammates at the previous version of Yankee Stadium. The Marlins had the worst record in the NL last year at 57-105, then was beset by a virus outbreak early this season that prevented it from playing for more than a week.
Cesar Hernandez ripped an RBI double into the right-field corner with two outs in the ninth inning as Cleveland rallied for its third walk-off win in four days, a 4-3 victory Friday night over the Pittsburgh Pirates that kept the Indians' hopes alive for winning the AL Central. Down 3-1 and held to one hit for eight innings, the Indians found more of the late-inning magic that has carried them this week. Tyler Naquin drew a leadoff walk off Chris Stratton (2-1) and pinch-hitter Jordan Luplow, who hit a walk-off homer on Wednesday night to beat the Chicago White Sox, hit an RBI double high off the wall in left.
Joey Wendle had a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning and the AL East champion Tampa Bay Rays rallied to hurt Philadelphia's playoff hopes, beating the Phillies 6-4 on Friday night. The Rays would clinch the top seed in the American League with an Oakland loss later Friday night; the A's were hosting Seattle. Tampa Bay is looking to finish with the AL's best record for the second time, after topping the league in 2010.
Randal Grichuk and Travis Shaw homered, Nate Pearson returned from an elbow injury to earn his first major league win and the playoff-bound Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-5 Friday night. Shaw narrowly missed a multihomer game, hitting a double in the seventh that struck the top of the wall in right field and bounced back into play. Pearson (1-0) had been sidelined since a game Aug. 18 at Baltimore.
Cardinals right-hander Daniel Ponce de Leon has pitched five hitless innings in the seven-inning nightcap of a doubleheader against the Milwaukee Brewers. Ponce de Leon has thrown 74 pitches, and his only blemish Friday night is a walk to No. 9 hitter Jacob Nottingham in the third. The Brewers haven't threatened much.
PHOENIX (AP) -- Zac Gallen had a career-high 10 strikeouts over six scoreless innings, Christian Walker hit a two-run homer and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Colorado Rockies 4-0 in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday.