Red Sox call up Jackie Bradley Jr. from Triple-A

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Swapping out knuckleballer Steven Wright for an extra position player, the Red Sox have called up last year’s first half starting center fielder, Jackie Bradley Jr., from Triple-A.

Bradley has struggled mightily in the majors, hitting .196 in 164 games, but the former top prospect is still just 25 years old and he was off to a nice start at Triple-A.

Mookie Betts has started 18 of 20 games in center field, but with Shane Victorino injured and both Allen Craig and Daniel Nava hitting below .200 the Red Sox wanted some added outfield depth.

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.