Carlos Gomez suspended, Brian McCann goes unpunished

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MLB apparently felt that Carlos Gomez’s postgame Twitter apology wasn’t enough following his incident with the Braves last night, so they’ve suspended the Brewers center fielder for tonight’s game against the Mets.

Gomez homered off Paul Maholm–continuing what has been a longtime quasi-feud–and took his sweet time going around the bases. He then started yelling back and forth with Maholm and first baseman Freddie Freeman. And finally when he reached home plate Braves catcher Brian McCann physically prevented Gomez from scoring, although the umpires counted his run via an interference ruling.

Benches cleared, Gomez was ejected, and now he’ll have to sit out one of the Brewers’ final four games. Braves outfielder Reed Johnson was also suspended for one game, but McCann will apparently go unpunished except for an undisclosed fine, which Freeman also got.

Here’s video of the entire thing, from MLB.com:

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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.