Red Sox clinch playoff spot with Tuesday's win over Toronto

Annette Crawford
September 12, 2018

The Red Sox became the first team in the major leagues to clinch a playoff berth and did not celebrate.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Sale, who hadn't pitched since August 12, would only throw an inning or two with a maximum pitch count of 40.

Coming into Tuesday night the Red Sox needed either a victory over the Blue Jays or both Tampa Bay and Seattle to lose in order to lock down the assurance they would at least be playing in the Wild Card Game.

The AL East-leading Red Sox began the night with an eight-game lead over the New York Yankees.

Cora had said Sale, who hadn't pitched since August 12, would throw only two innings with a maximum pitch count of 40 as he recovers from shoulder inflammation.

They also got a look at ace Chris Sale, who returned from his second stint on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation.

The Red Sox matched a team record by making it to the post-season three years in a row.

Ryan Brasier (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings as Boston used seven relievers.

Cora originally sent Mitch Moreland to the on-deck circle to face Toronto righty Ryan Tepera, serving as a possible pinch-hitter for Sandy Leon.

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. Sale threw a few more pitches in the bullpen afterward.

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