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BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox became the first team in the major leagues to clinch a playoff berth and did not celebrate.“Any time you make the playoffs and give yourself a chance to be that last team Kennys Vargas Jersey , it’s a pretty special thing,” Brock Holt said. “We’re excited by that, but we’ve got more work to do.”Holt pinch hit in the seventh inning and hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in a 7-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night that guaranteed Boston no worse than a wild card berth.At a major league-best 99-46, the Red Sox lead the AL East by nine games with 2½ weeks left. Their postgame celebration was lining up for routine high-fives and heading back to the clubhouse.“We’re in great position to win the division and then to accomplish other things,” first-year manager Alex Cora said. “As I told the group, I’m very proud of them.”Starter Chris Sale came off the disabled list and pitched one scoreless inning, striking out two and throwing 26 pitches. Sale has been slowed by inflammation in his left shoulder Bert Blyleven Jersey , and the Red Sox had said they would ease their ace back into action.“We’re taking care of the guy,” Cora said.Boston assured its third straight postseason team, matching the Red Sox teams of 2003-05 and 2007-09.Ryan Brasier (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings as Boston used seven relievers.Toronto led 2-0 in the seventh, when Steve Pearce hit a tying triple and Holt followed with a two-out home run off Ryan Tepera (5-5).Kevin Pillar had an RBI single for Toronto during a two-run sixth, when Devon Travis scored the game’s first run on a double-steal and botched defensive play by the Red Sox.STARTERSToronto starter Ryan Boruki, who allowed seven runs and eight hits July 13 at Fenway Park, held an opponent to two runs or fewer in at least six innings for the third time in four starts.“He was tremendous today,” manager John Gibbons said. “He’s done a tremendous job for a rookie call-up.”NO RUSHSale continued tossing in the bullpen after he was pulled http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-paul-o_neill-jersey , trying to rebuild his arm strength for the postseason. He was hoping to get a second inning, but Cora said it didn’t make sense because the Red Sox weren’t going to let him throw more than 40 pitches.“This is the first step in the right direction,” Sale said, crediting the Red Sox medical staff. “There was a lot of work by a lot of people that went into this.”MR. CLUTCHHolt also homered as a pinch hitter on Aug. 13 at Philadelphia.“I guess I would rather be in there from the start than to come in and pinch-hit,” Holt said, “but if I keep on hitting homers then I’ll take it.”TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: RF Randal Grichuk was back in the lineup, two days after he crashed face-first into a guard’s metal chair. Concussion tests were negative on Grichuk, who was left with a bloody nose Jacoby Ellsbury Jersey , swollen left eye socket and a few facial cuts. … Pillar ran face-first into the center field wall chasing Pearce’s triple. Pillar needed a few minutes to get back to his feet, but stayed in the game.Red Sox: Sale made his first start since Aug. 12 and threw 26 pitches. After a leadoff double by Lourdes Gurriel, he struck out two, then walked a batter before Grichuck popped out to end the inning.UP NEXTRHP Aaron Sanchez (4-5, 5.17 ERA) faces Boston LHP David Price (14-6, 3.57). OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels catcher Francisco Arcia began the day behind the plate, did a brief stint on the mound and ended up in the major league record books.Arcia pitched two innings of relief and hit his sixth home run in the Angels’ 21-3 loss to the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.In doing so http://www.yankeesfanproshop.com/authentic-don-mattingly-jersey , Arcia became the first player to catch, pitch and homer in the same game according to the Angels.“They just told me that,” Arcia said. “I’m pretty happy, I guess.”The 29-year-old Arcia was already in the record books after driving in 10 runs in his first two games after being called up from the minors on July 26.Arcia also became the first Angels position player to pitch since 1993, when he threw one scoreless frame against the A’s on Aug. 11, but hadn’t done much since.That changed Thursday when the Angels fell behind by double digits early. Manager Mike Scioscia felt no need to tax his bullpen, so turned to Arcia.Arcia needed only five pitches to retire the first two batters before allowing three consecutive hits, including back-to-back home runs by Nick Martini and Chad Pinder.“Just BP fastballs Aroldis Chapman Jersey ,” Arcia said when asked what his repertoire included. “Played catch with my catcher, that’s it.”Mark Canha singled off Arcia with one out in the eighth, but Dustin Fowler hit into an inning-ending double play.Arcia then homered off Chris Hatcher in the ninth.“That’s a nice little note for Frankie, for sure,” Scioscia said.Arcia has been splitting time at catcher with Jose Briceno ever since the Angels traded Martin Maldonado to the Houston Astros and Rene Rivera was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves.“I just play hard,” Arcia said. “Wherever they put me, I’ll play hard.”__
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