TORONTO — It's time to put the champagne on ice at Rogers Centre. The Toronto Blue Jays are on the cusp of locking up a playoff berth.
The Blue Jays can clinch a playoff berth if they beat the visiting Tampa Bay Rays tonight and the Seattle Mariners lose to the Texas Rangers.
Toronto shut out the New York Yankees 6-0 on Thursday to remain in sole possession of the second American League wild-card spot.
Toronto is one game ahead of the Houston Astros, who hold the third wild-card spot. The Blue Jays are two games ahead of the Mariners.
The Rays have secured the first wild-card spot.
After their three-game series in Toronto, they will return to Florida to host a best-of-three wild-card series starting Tuesday.
The Blue Jays were swept in the wild-card series in 2020 and 2022.
Toronto last won a playoff game in 2016 and last won the World Series in 1993.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2023.
The Canadian Press