It’s official: The Toronto Blue Jays host the Seattle Mariners at the Rogers Center this weekend to kick off the playoffs.
Major League Baseball’s only Canadian team will look to cap that series in their strongest of three home games starting Friday. Thus, the Cleveland Guardians will host the Tampa Bay Rays in the American’s other first-round match.
A dramatic 7-6 win by the Mariners over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday, along with a 6-0 loss by the Rays to the Boston Red Sox, made it official.
Since simultaneously joining the major leagues in 1977, the Jays and Mariners have never met in the playoffs. Additionally, the Washington State team will attend the first Fall Ball in 21 years, ending the longest active drought in North American professional sports.
John Schneider’s men need to be wary of the Mariners, who have won five of the seven games between the two teams this season.
The rain intervenes
Tuesday’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Orioles in Baltimore has been postponed to the next day due to rain.
The two formations of the US-American’s east section will therefore end their regular season on Wednesday with a double-header. The Queen City club will then advance to the playoffs, while the Orioles players will have to let each other know next year.
Montreal’s Otto Lopez was scheduled to start as a shortstop for the Jays. He was also the eighth hitter in the offensive lineup. The latter had one hit in his only major league at-bat this season, appearing in just six games.
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