Phillies demote Darin Ruf, call up Domonic Brown from Triple-A

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Following Saturday’s loss to the Pirates, the Phillies demoted 1B/OF Darin Ruf to Triple-A Lehigh Valley and called up outfielder Domonic Brown, Meghan Montemurro of The News Journal reports. Ruf hadn’t done much at the plate, batting a meager .238/.282/.386 entering Saturday’s action. He pinch-hit in the ninth inning and grounded out.

Brown — once the Phillies’ top prospect — was slated to open the season as the Phillies’ starting right fielder but suffered from tendinitis in his left Achilles during spring training and opened the season on the disabled list. He was activated at the end of April, but was optioned to Triple-A, where he has been ever since. In 228 plate appearances with the IronPigs, the 27-year-old hit .257/.307/.352 with two home runs and 26 RBI.

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.