Jean Machi arrested for public intoxication and urinating in public

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Jean Machi was recently released by the Cubs. He was on a minor league deal and spent the entirety of the season with Triple-A Iowa.

Presumably after drowning his sorrows, Machi was arrested Thursday morning on Third Street in Des Moines for public intoxication and urinating in public, per Tommy Birch of the Des Moines Register.

According to the police report, Machi urinated on the bumper of a car owned by a Stuffed Olive employee. The Stuffed Olive is a restaurant on Third Street. The employee asked Machi to stop, which prompted Machi to challenge the employee to a fight. Machi denied urinating on the car to police.

In 20 games with the Iowa Cubs, Machi put up a 3.68 ERA with a 26/9 K/BB ratio over 29 1/3 innings.

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.