Well, that wasn’t very fun. Also, I’m not very good at figuring these Magic Number thingies, but it seems to me the best way to track them is find a magic number, but I think we’re at four for the division and two for the playoffs? MLB.com tries to break down the playoff scenarios, and it doesn’t really help. We need Steve Kornacki and his Big Board! Or maybe we just win, baby? That would take care of a lot of this ambiguity. Okay, let’s do that. Luis Patiño gets the start this afternoon against Julian Merryweather.
There was a scandal that broke out from Tuesday’s game when Kevin Kiermaier, um, picked up a card that the Jays catcher dropped? Okay then.
The Blue Jays are not happy.— Arash Madani (@ArashMadani) September 21, 2021
Last night in the 6th, Kevin Kiermaier slid into home plate and grabbed a card (video here). That card, I'm told, was from Alejandro Kirk's wrist band that fell out on the tag.
On the card: the Blue Jays' game plan on pitching to Rays' hitters. pic.twitter.com/wjjuYd3Bhk
Listen, if you don’t want the Russians to “steal” your nuclear secrets, then don’t accidentally mail them to the Kremlin? KK talked about it after the game.
More on Shane Baz’s impressive first start.
Shane Baz was a strike-throwing machine in his MLB debut, registering the highest strike percentage by any starter in his big league debut in at least 33 years: https://t.co/KcrOGuG6pL pic.twitter.com/LmAIGYrvDz— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) September 21, 2021
Also, Shane’s dad is ripped.
Raja and Tammy Baz saw greatness in their son, Shane, from a young age! @TriciaWhitaker sits down with Shane's parents as they watch their son make his MLB debut with the @RaysBaseball! #RaysUp pic.twitter.com/Q7SkZcXPNm— Bally Sports Sun: Rays (@BallyRays) September 21, 2021
Fernando Tatis and Manny Machado had an instantly meme-able dust up over the weekend.
This is shortly after Fernando Tatis Jr. had been called out on strikes in the fifth inning. Manny Machado could be heard yelling, “It’s not (expletive) about you.” https://t.co/tq1rhtI95s— Kevin Acee (@sdutKevinAcee) September 19, 2021
after making the audio more clear and listening a few times, i was able to make out what was said during manny machado and fernando tatis jr. confrontation tonight pic.twitter.com/E5WmW2GB3M— kathleen (@kathleen_hanley) September 19, 2021
They’ve been trying to smooth things over in the days that followed.
Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. addressed the media together to discuss their confrontation in the dugout on Saturday.— The Athletic (@TheAthletic) September 22, 2021
"Those are situations that we learn as leaders, as a team... and we just get better from that."
Britt Ghiroli on whether Jayce Tingler has lost the clubhouse.
ICYMI: Earlier this morning we spoke with @Britt_Ghiroli and asked her to expand on whether or not Jayce Tingler has lost the Padres clubhouse...— Ben & Woods (@BenAndWoods) September 21, 2021
FULL INTERVIEW: https://t.co/ikFWnwZuuW pic.twitter.com/QtLw5YiOWG
In other “San Diego is burning” news, they dismissed the farm director who put together one of the best farm systems in baseball, because reasons.
We have a new candidate for worst ever first pitch.
Conor McGregor with an immediate all-time iconic first pitch pic.twitter.com/GGMHhYoOSc— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) September 21, 2021
If this is in Durham, he definitely hits the Bull.
Old friend Scott Kazmir is starting today for the Giants.
Salvador Perez breaks single season record for most homers in a season by a catcher.
I don’t think I understand the concept here. Is “dress like Zack Greinke day” really just “dress comfy day”?
The Astros had a “dress like Zack Greinke” day for their flight to Anaheim, according to Yuli Gurriel’s Instagram story. pic.twitter.com/eB7IrmIu7q— Chandler Rome (@Chandler_Rome) September 19, 2021
Finally, from the dog days of September, look at this little fella.
Hi.— Tricia Whitaker (@TriciaWhitaker) September 19, 2021
Today was the best day of my reporting career thus far.
That is all.