White Sox pay $100,000 to send 37-year-old Brad Penny to Triple-A

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Brad Penny was hoping to extend his big-league career with the White Sox, but instead they’ve sent the 37-year-old former All-Star to the minors.

Penny didn’t pitch in the majors at all in 2013 and then was horrible in 26 innings for the Marlins last season, allowing 20 runs with a 13/13 K/BB ratio. His last season with an ERA under 5.00? Way back in 2010 for the Cardinals, and even that was only 56 innings.

Yet the White Sox still think he’s worth stashing at Triple-A for the price of a $100,000 veteran’s retention bonus in addition to his salary, so Penny will be in Charlotte’s starting rotation waiting for another chance that should probably just go to a young pitcher. He has a 5.54 ERA since 2011.

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.