Alex Gordon hopes to be cleared for throwing and batting practice early next week

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Royals outfielder Alex Gordon needed an extensor retinaculum repair on his right wrist in early January, but he is aiming to be fully recovered by the beginning of the 2015 regular season. And his recovery has gone according to plan thus far.

Gordon will have a checkup early next week with Royals team physician Dr. Bruce Toby and the 31-year-old is hoping that he’ll be cleared during that visit for throwing and batting practice — the two biggest tests of his surgically-repaired wrist.

“It might be a little slow getting back into it,” Gordon told beat writer Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star on Tuesday afternoon. “But I’m confident when Opening Day comes, I’ll be fine.”

Gordon batted .266/.351/.432 with 19 home runs and 74 RBI in 156 games last season for the American League champions, earning his second career All-Star nod and fourth straight Gold Glove.

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.