Zack Greinke makes second rehab start, eyes mid-May return

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Zack Greinke made his second minor-league rehab start yesterday at Triple-A, allowing two runs in 3.2 innings while throwing 54 pitches, and afterward said: “Maybe the velocity was still there, but the control wasn’t that sharp.”

He’s scheduled to make a third rehab start Friday, at which point the Brewers may decide that he’s ready to join the rotation. If that happens, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports that his Brewers debut would likely be May 4 against the Braves.

Greinke tried to talk his way off the disabled list earlier, but manager Ron Roenicke shot down the idea by saying “it makes no sense” because “we need this guy for the long haul.”

Blue Jays clinch playoff berth with Orioles’ loss to Red Sox

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TORONTO — The Blue Jays clinched a postseason berth Thursday without taking the field.

Toronto was assured of an AL wild card berth when the Boston Red Sox beat the Baltimore Orioles 5-3.

If Toronto holds its current position as the first of the AL’s three wild cards, the Blue Jays would open a best-of-three wild-card series at Rogers Centre next week.

“These guys are excited to be in this position,” Blue Jays manager John Schneider said after Wednesday’s 8-3 loss to the New York Yankees. “You’ve got three really good pitchers lined up against a good Boston team, playing at home. So I think it’s more excitement more than it’s nerves or anything. I think the guys are going to come out and be ready to roll on Friday night.”

Toronto became the fourth AL team to clinch a playoff berth, joining division champions Houston, the Yankees and Cleveland. The Astros and Yankees have first-round byes.

The Blue Jays last went to the playoffs in 2020, when they were knocked out with two straight losses to Tampa Bay.

Eight of the 12 berths in the expanded postseason have been clinched: The Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis earned division titles, and Atlanta and the New York Mets are assured no worse the wild cards while still competing to win the NL East. The Dodgers have a first-round bye.