Smash Mouth doesn’t like the way the Athletics are run

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If you were doing something productive and/or fun with your Friday night, you missed out on some juicy Twitter drama. Singer Steve Harwell, ostensibly tweeting on his band Smash Mouth’s Twitter account, got into a tiff with the Athletics’ Twitter account as well as some fans of various teams who happened to chime in.

It all started when John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle tweeted innocently about former Athletic and current Indian Coco Crisp. Harwell took the tweet as an opportunity to slam the A’s.

Then the Athletics’ Twitter, probably an intern, chimed in:

A’s reliever Sean Doolittle then entered the fray:

A’s Twitter continued to torch Harwell:

Doolittle’s girlfriend, Eireann Dolan of CSN Authentic, wondered what happened:

The A’s and Doolittle bowed out from there, but Harwell is still going at it with basically anyone that hops into his mentions. So if it’s not your bedtime yet, grab some popcorn and pull up a chair.

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.