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Tsutsugo DFA’d, Yankees and Padres have positive COVID tests, and breaking down Patiño’s new slider

MLB: Tampa Bay Rays at Kansas City Royals
Broken bats, broken dreams
Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The Rays lost to the Yankees last night in a mostly uneventful contest. The loss dropped Tampa Bay to 19-18. The one highlight? An absolute moonshot by Mike Zunino.

Collin McHugh will serve as the Opener today, with Yarbrough expected to get the bulk innings.

In other news, the Rays made a very tough decision and DFA’d Yoshi Tsutsugo yesterday. It looks like there are a few options going forward.

Adam Berry with more on Yoshi.

Has Luis Patiño changed his slider?

Yankee third base coach Phil Nevin had a “breakthrough” positive COVID test.

The Padres also had a positive test before yesterday’s game.

Wil Myers had to leave the game because of a positive.

MLB is trying to put the screws to the city of Oakland.

Dieter Kurtenbach at the Mercury News says the threat is more bark than bite.

Tom Verducci with SI has more on baseball’s looming mental health crisis.

Rays at #14 in the latest Athletic power rankings.

A new stat from Fangraphs: xxxFIP.

Nothing is going right for ARod right now.

Ken Rosenthal on pitchers throwing harder with less command.

Neil Paine at the 538 on the new era of parity.

Albert Pujols may be playing for the Dominican Republic in an Olympic qualifier.

Robbie Ray rocking the tight pants.

Finally, this is a nifty pallet cleanse.