Jason Kipnis had an incredible May after a terrible April


Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis followed up a disappointing, injury wrecked 2014 season by hitting just .218 with a .551 OPS in April, leading Cleveland fans to wonder where the dynamic young player who made the All-Star team during a 2013 breakout season had gone.

And then Kipnis had an incredible May.

He hit .429 with 22 extra-base hits and 16 walks in 29 games, which was good for a .511 on-base percentage and .706 slugging percentage.

He scored 30 runs in 29 games, notched multiple hits in 16 of 29 games, racked up 81 total bases in 119 at-bats, got on base in 73 of 147 trips to the plate, and raised his OPS on the season from .551 on May 1 to .940 OPS on June 1.

Here’s a list of every player in baseball history with 50 or more hits and 30 or more runs scored in May:

Jason Kipnis    2015
Al Simmons      1925
Ty Cobb         1921

That’s it. That’s the entire list. Jason Kipnis and two Hall of Famers from the 1920s.

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.