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MLB: Boston Red Sox at Toronto Blue Jays Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Even if it was just the Orioles, a sweep was nice. And the big innings were nice to see too. It seemed that we had gone a long time without having a big inning.

The team is officially saying Bo is out of the lineup tonight and that he is ‘day-to-day’. I’m all for letting him sit the final 9 games.

In the Athletic, our old friend John Sickels answered some questions about guys that didn’t make his top 100 prospect list and one he talked about today was Simeon Woods Richardson. He had glowing word. He talked about the great season he had, especially for an 18-year-old and then said:

He lasted until the second round in the ’18 draft because his fastball was just 88-90 MPH, but his velocity has picked up in pro ball — 93-97 now. His curveball and changeup are much better than typical for his age, he throws strikes and has good mound presence. I like him a lot.

I did not put him on my Top 100 list but I should have. He’s at least a Grade B prospect and probably a B+, which would put him somewhere in the 70-80 range.

The Toronto Sun has a story about the end of Justin Smoak’s time with the team. His wife feels bad about their time in Toronto coming to an end. We do forget the toll on the families when players change teams.

Meantioned in the GameThread yesterday, it looks like the Yankees will be down another pitcher going into the playoffs:

Also from the Athletic, Jayson Stark gave us an interesting fact about Cavan Biggio’s cycle:

He came to the plate with two outs in the ninth in the same position as about a billion other players in history – a triple away from the cycle. But then … he actually hit that triple! So obviously, that doesn’t happen much.

I put my friends at STATS on the case. And here’s what they reported: Only one other time in the past 129 cycles (dating back 35 years) has any player finished off his cycle that way – via a triple with two outs in the ninth. The guy who hit the other one: Eric Byrnes, on June 29, 2003.