Before getting hurt in 2019, Kluber was a 20-game winner in 2018, and he had thrown at least 203 innings with 222 strikeouts each season from 2014 to 2018. He was the Cy Young winner in 2014 and 2017.
Players and managers have changed their tunes on bat flips in recent years, and Fernando Tatis Jr. is a face of MLB's subsequent marketing push.
Who knows, if Pujols heats up, he could play often at first base with Max Muncy moving to second base while Gavin Lux takes over as the starting shortstop with Corey Seager on the injured list for the next month.
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Sure, losing Abreu for a series stung for the White Sox on paper, but they appear to be doing just fine at the expense of the rival Twins.
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Had the White Sox courted Cora, there's a chance he wouldn't have even been available to the Red Sox, who were still sorting through their own candidates. In fact, when the news broke that the White Sox had fired Renteria, there was a belief in some corners of Jersey Street that Cora would land in Chicago.
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La Russa: "What did they do? He tried to get a sinker in. You don't read minds. I'm not going to read their mind and I also don't second guess the umpire when its his judgment. If the ball is thrown at someone's head you don't give them the benefit of the doubt."
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On deck: The Cubs and Cardinals play the rubber match on Sunday Night Baseball. First pitch is 6:08 p.m. Zach Davies (2-2, 5.58 ERA) and Adam Wainwright (2-4, 4.63 ERA) are the probable starters.