Brewers calling up Scooter Gennett following three-week demotion to Triple-A

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Three weeks after demoting Scooter Gennett to Triple-A the Brewers are recalling the second baseman from the minors, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.

Gennett earned the demotion by hitting .159 in 20 games, with a disabled list stint for a shower-related injury mixed in. He batted .307 with two homers and an .848 OPS in 17 games at Triple-A, which convinced the Brewers he was ready to return to the majors.

Gennett came into the season as a career .300 hitter in 206 games, so the demotion after 20 bad games always seemed hasty and it’s no surprise that his return is a quick one.

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.