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Rays wins, but KK Kelly Leake-ing Randy might make things awkward in the clubhouse

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KK Kelly Leake’s Randy
Will Vragovic | Tampa Bay Rays

The Rays climbed back to .500 with a 4-3 win over the Oakland A’s thanks to a huge late inning two run blast from (checks notes) Brett Phillips? Huh.

But what everybody was talking about after the game was KK bogarting a ball from Randy. Including KK.

I’m sure things won’t be awkward at all.

In other Tampa Bay sports news, the Lightning clinched a playoff berth with a 7-4 win over Chicago.

The Rays are close to being fully vaccinated.

Mystery solved on the Monday Columbia Blues.

Shohei Ohtani is ridiculous.

A fun piece on some Negro League two-way stars.

Also ridiculous is Fernando Tatís Jr.

Also also ridiculous is Vlad Guerrero Jr.

Ronal Acuña Jr. is no slouch either.

Choi is set to begin a rehab assignment in Durham.

Brandon Lowe on his slump.

The Tigers defeated the White Sox 5-2 last night despite committing five errors. Mostly because Tony La Russa is managing like it’s 1983. We believe this is the first time a team has committed five errors and won since the Astros beat the Giants on May 30, 1981. Which is definitely a box score worth checking out.

Does throwing a pitch more alter its effectiveness? Carmen Ciardiello at Fangraphs digs in to find out.

The most fun name is baseball has been promoted to the Bigs.

Rob Manfred is softening his position on pace of play, but for all the wrong reasons.

Brad Ausmus Brad Ausmusing.

R.J. Anderson on why nobody wants to Rockies GM job.

The Pioneer League with some fun innovations, including a homerun derby to settle ties in extras.

Finally, cleanse your timeline with this cute doggo. His name is Fritz, but the way he’s hanging on to that ball, maybe they should change his name to KK?