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September 22, 2021

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Rays’ Kiermaier plunked amid scouting-card snafu

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — So much for that water under the bridge. Just one day after Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo downplayed the fact that Tampa Bay Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier had scooped up a scouting card that fell out of Blue Jays catcher Alejandro Kirk‘s wristband as “agua under......

Rays-Blue Jays feud escalates with Kiermaier hit-by-pitch

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Joseph Salvador Benches cleared Wednesday night when Blue Jays pitcher Ryan Borucki hit Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier with a pitch, adding another chapter to a feud that started Monday when Kiermaier picked up a note card off the ground showing Toronto’s......

Rays clinch: Tampa Bay clinches postseason berth with win over Blue Jays

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Nick Selbe The defending American League champions are headed back to the postseason. The Rays became the first AL team to punch its ticket to the playoffs as they beat the Blue Jays, 7-1, on Wednesday night. It secures the......

Which Wild Card team could win it all?

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Surprise! How the Giants keep defying the odds

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The San Francisco Giants have been the best team in baseball for nearly six months now, through 151 games, 227 home runs, and at least a million roster moves. And every day of those nearly six months, and each one of the 137 days that they woke up in first......

Joey Votto: Reds star’s career, legacy is about one question

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Stephanie Apstein Why is Joey Votto here? For a long time, when he dug into the left-handed batter’s box, the answer was simple: He wanted to be perfect. And for a long time, he just about was. He led the......

Bassitt set for A’s return after line drive to head

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OAKLAND, Calif. — Athletics right-hander Chris Bassitt is set to return to the mound, just over five weeks after being hospitalized when he was hit in the head by a 100 mph line drive. Oakland manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday that Bassitt will come off the injured list and start......

Mariners catch A’s, keep pace in Wild Card

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Daniel Kramer MLB – For more and to sign up click here Marco Gonzales, Mariners beat Athletics, keep pace in Wild Card n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”rich”,”width”:550,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”marco-gonzales-mariners-beat-athletics-keep-pace-in-wild-card”,”type”:”story”}).parts.8″:{“data”:{“type”:”id”,”generated”:true,”id”:”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”marco-gonzales-mariners-beat-athletics-keep-pace-in-wild-card”,”type”:”story”}).parts.8.data”,”typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”type”:”oembed”,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbed”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({“locale”:”en-us”,”slug”:”marco-gonzales-mariners-beat-athletics-keep-pace-in-wild-card”,”type”:”story”}).parts.9″:{“content”:”Eight months ago, Crawford was speaking with confidence, but he didn’t quite carry the credibility he has now as “the heart and soul” of the team, as his......

Urquidy helps Astros cut magic number to 4

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Brian McTaggart MLB – For more and to sign up click here ANAHEIM — Astros starter José Urquidy has two starts remaining to build up his pitch count and strengthen his case for a spot in the team’s four-man pitching rotation in the American League Division Series. Urquidy’s outing in......

The red-hot St. Louis Cardinals are finding their stride at the right time

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The St. Louis Cardinals shouldn’t be here, leading the race for the second and final wild card in the National League and certainly not by a suddenly comfortable margin. Just three weeks or so ago, I was on local radio in St. Louis and the host was relating that it......

Conor McGregor shows off his pitching form at Wrigley Field

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Ceremonial first pitches have a history of going shockingly well or surprisingly bad. MMA star Conor McGregor‘s first pitch during Tuesday’s Chicago Cubs game against the Minnesota Twins at Wrigley Field was no exception to that rule. The Notorious MMA’s time on the mound could have gone better — to......

Tatis-Machado fight: Padres stars say confrontation is behind them now

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Nick Selbe Three days after needing to be separated during a verbal altercation in the dugout, Padres star infielders Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado said Tuesday that the dust-up is now water under the bridge. The pair spoke to......

Rays’ Kiermaier snags Jays’ data card after inning

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Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier took a Toronto data card back to the Rays’ dugout in a bizarre incident that began with a play at the plate during a 6-4 win over the Blue Jays on Monday night in St. Petersburg, Florida. The card was pried loose from Blue Jays catcher......

Tatis: Clash with Machado will make us stronger

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SAN DIEGO — Padres All-Stars Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. stood next to each other and said it’s all good between them after their weekend shouting match in the dugout during a season that has been spiraling out of control. Machado shouted and cursed at Tatis during the face-to-face......

Conor McGregor tosses all-time bad first pitch at Wrigley Field (video)

Sports Illustrated
http://www.si.com/.image/c_limit%2Ccs_srgb%2Cfl_progressive%2Ch_1200%2Cq_auto:good%2Cw_1200/MTg0MDM2MzczNTYzNDUxMDgx/conor-mcgregor.jpg Nick Selbe Former MMA champion Conor McGregor has tried his hand in boxing in recent years, but it’s safe to say he won’t be taking his talents to the baseball diamond any time soon. McGregor toed the rubber at Wrigley Field on Tuesday before the Cubs-Twins game to throw......

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