Mike Trout had X-rays after fouling ball off leg

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The bad news: Angels outfielder Mike Trout fouled a ball off his leg in the eighth inning of last night’s game against the Mariners and it looked like it hurt.

The good news: he stayed in the game and promptly hit his second home run of the night in the same at bat, and it flew 459 feet which is . . . not short.

The bad news: it wasn’t enough, the Mariners won and his leg was still bad enough after the game that he needed X-rays.

The good news: the X-rays came back negative and Trout told reporters after the game that he expects to play today.

The bad news: the X-rays had potassium benzoate.

Or not. I don’t know. I just got carried away. Anyway, here’s some dingers:

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.