Giancarlo Stanton cleared to swing off a tee after surgery

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Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has been cleared to swing off a tee one month after hamate bone surgery.

Stanton was initially given a 4-6 week recovery timetable, but manager Dan Jennings declined to give a firm answer to Christina De Nicola of FOX Sports Florida when asked if Stanton was close to coming off the disabled list.

Oh, and despite missing a month of action (and counting) Stanton is still tied for the National League lead with 27 home runs.

Miami is 42-58 and Stanton is a 25-year-old superstar signed to a $325 million contract, so there isn’t much motivation for the Marlins to rush him back. At this point mid-August seems like a best-case scenario.

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.