Surging D-backs beat Crew behind Ray's gem

Surging D-backs beat Crew behind Ray's gem

MILWAUKEE -- Gregor Blanco led off the first inning with a home run, Chris Owings did the same in the second and Robbie Ray was brilliant for seven innings, as the surging D-backs won for the ninth time in 10 games by beating the suddenly struggling Brewers, 4-0, at Miller Park on Thursday night.

Ray, the 25-year-old left-hander, allowed two singles in seven scoreless innings to win his second straight start. He struck out nine batters and walked none while lowering his road ERA to 0.81 in 33 1/3 innings. Only Minnesota's Ervin Santana (0.31) and Atlanta's Julio Teheran (0.71) have been better away from home this season.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Carson Mason is an associate reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee. She covered the D-backs on Thursday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Swing & mist: Red Sox K 20 in rain, KO Texas

Swing & mist: Red Sox K 20 in rain, KO Texas

BOSTON -- The Rangers arrived in Boston as the hottest team in the Major Leagues. They left after being swept by the Red Sox, culminating with a 6-2 defeat that included 20 strikeouts in Thursday's soggy finale of a three-game series.

Five Red Sox pitchers combined for the 20 K's, tying a Major League record for a 9-inning game. Of the six times it has happened, the Red Sox have accounted for half of them. Roger Clemens set an MLB record with 20 K's in 1986, and he tied his own record in '96, accounting for the other two times. The Rangers also tied a franchise record by striking out 20 times.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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Correa's #ASGWorthy homer ignites big frame

Astros get to Verlander for three long balls in fourth

Correa's #ASGWorthy homer ignites big frame

HOUSTON -- The fourth inning Thursday against Detroit's Justin Verlander was all Houston seemed to need, starting with a game-changing, seven-pitch walk from Astros second baseman Jose Altuve.

In the next at-bat after Altuve's free base, Astros shortstop Carlos Correa -- who returned to the starting lineup after two days rest while battling a sinus-induced illness -- hit a 379-foot, two-run home run off a sign above Minute Maid Park's Crawford Boxes.

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Christian Boutwell is a reporter for MLB.com based in Houston. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Arrieta returns to Dodger Stadium on MLB.TV

Right-hander has fired no-hitter, lost NLCS game at Chavez Ravine

Arrieta returns to Dodger Stadium on MLB.TV

The last time Jake Arrieta pitched at Dodger Stadium in the regular season, on Aug. 30, 2015, he carved his way through the Dodgers' lineup in a near-perfect performance. Arrieta's no-hitter that night served as the highlight of his superhuman second half, and all but cemented his status as the eventual National League Cy Young Award winner.

The last time Arrieta pitched at Dodger Stadium, period, Los Angeles tagged him for four runs in five innings in Game 3 of last year's National League Championship Series. So consider it a checkered history.

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Joe Trezza is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @joetrezz. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Anthony Castrovince

10 things to know for Memorial Day weekend

10 things to know for Memorial Day weekend

There will be picnics and barbecues and beach visits and pool parties aplenty to mark the unofficial start of summer this Memorial Day Weekend. And yes, of course, there will be baseball. And lots of it.

Here are 10 things to know as MLB accompanies you on your long weekend.

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Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Joe Posnanski

Trout's stunner highlights Statcast's extreme HRs

Trout's stunner highlights Statcast's extreme HRs

Everybody knows the incredible data being captured by Statcast™ is slowly but surely changing the way we watch baseball -- and even changing baseball itself. Here at MLB Advanced Media, people pore over the data day and night trying to find new insights. I have said before that it's a bit like the control room at NASA for space flight.

But it's not all slide rules and number-crunching and space talk for the Statcast™ gurus. They like to let their hair down and have some fun too. And that's how we get a list like this, something we call "extreme home runs."

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Joe Posnanski is an executive columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast looks at hardest-hitting All-Stars

Statcast looks at hardest-hitting All-Stars

There are lots of different ways to fill out the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, but from a Statcast™ perspective, hard-hit rate is as good as any.

Statcast™ shows that when it comes to exit velocity, 95 mph -- and not 100 mph -- is the most sensible cutoff point to determine whether a ball is "hard hit." Since the start of 2016, Major Leaguers have a .541 batting average and 1.076 slugging percentage on balls hit 95 mph or harder, compared with a .222 average and .265 slugging percentage below 95 mph.

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Andrew Simon is a research analyst for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jim Callis

Mock draft: Versatility valued at top picks

Mock draft: Versatility valued at top picks

The most famous player in this Draft is California high school right-hander Hunter Greene, who can reach 102 mph with his fastball and graced the cover of Sports Illustrated last month. But he probably won't be the No. 1 overall pick by the Twins when the Draft kicks off 17 days from now.

The most versatile player in the Draft is Louisville first baseman/left-hander Brendan McKay, who could be a top-five selection as either a hitter or a pitcher. While he has generated more 1-1 buzz than any player this spring, he no longer looks like the favorite to head to Minnesota.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. Listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kimbrel's odd 4-K frame gives Sox 20-K mark

Boston ties MLB 9-inning strikeout record after replay official says 1st K of 9th not reviewable

Kimbrel's odd 4-K frame gives Sox 20-K mark

BOSTON -- The 20-strikeout performance by the Red Sox to tie a Major League record for a nine-inning game was aided by a confusing sequence in the late stages of Thursday's 6-2 win over the Rangers.

It's the sixth time since at least 1913 that a team has struck out 20 in a nine-inning game. That fateful final frame opened with Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel striking out Nomar Mazara swinging. That was the one thing everyone could agree on.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Maeda a dual threat as Dodgers top Cards

Maeda a dual threat as Dodgers top Cards

LOS ANGELES -- Activated off the disabled list to be the starting pitcher, Kenta Maeda's two-run RBI single in the fourth inning put the Dodgers on top for good in a 7-3 series-clinching win over the Cardinals on Thursday night.

Maeda's five-inning, 78-pitch night was backed by Chase Utley's first home run of the season and Chris Taylor's three hits and RBI. Hyun-Jin Ryu earned a four-inning save in his first Major League relief appearance, allowing two hits.

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Bryant clears fence; did fan lend a glove?

Bochy, Giants considered challenge after disputed catch in Wrigley bleachers

Bryant clears fence; did fan lend a glove?

CHICAGO -- Ultimately, nobody disputed that Kris Bryant belted a first-inning home run Thursday afternoon to propel the Cubs to a 5-1 victory over the Giants.

Initially, however, the Giants would have appreciated a chance to discuss the matter. But technology stepped in -- or, as was the case, tuned out.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Cruz's 3-run HR in DC halts Mariners' slide

Cruz's 3-run HR in DC halts Mariners' slide

WASHINGTON -- The Mariners had not scored more than one run in any game since May 18, so scoring four runs Thursday afternoon qualified as an offensive outburst. Nelson Cruz hammered a go-ahead three-run homer and Robinson Cano added a run-scoring single, helping Seattle snap a five-game skid with a 4-2 victory against the Nationals at Nationals Park.

It was exactly what Mariners manager Scott Servais, who was ejected during the sixth inning, asked for after his postgame comments Wednesday night, prompting his team to pick up its intensity. In that sixth, Jean Segura and Cano collected hits off left-hander Gio Gonzalez, setting the stage for Cruz's homer against right-hander Jacob Turner.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Daniel Shiferaw is a contributor to MLB.com based in Washington, who covered the Mariners on Thursday.

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Joseph homers, hits walk-off single to lift Phils

Joseph homers, hits walk-off single to lift Phils

PHILADELPHIA -- Tommy Joseph continues to be one of the hottest hitters on the planet.

The Phillies first baseman ripped a single to center field in the bottom of the 11th inning to score Michael Saunders from second base in a 2-1 victory over the Rockies on Thursday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Joseph, who also homered in the seventh, entered the game with a 1.046 OPS in May, which is 17th out of 252 hitters in baseball. He had a .476 OPS in April.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Ben Harris is a reporter for MLB.com based in Philadelphia and covered the Rockies on Thursday.

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Did you know? A look at Boston's 20-K effort

Did you know? A look at Boston's 20-K effort

The Boston pitching staff racked up 20 strikeouts as the Red Sox notched their fourth consecutive victory Thursday night with a 6-2 win over the Rangers at Fenway Park. The performance tied a franchise and Major League record for most strikeouts in a nine-inning game, which has happened six times since at least 1913.

Red Sox starter Drew Pomeranz led the way with 11 strikeouts in six innings, while closer Craig Kimbrel fanned four batters in a single frame for the second time in his career. Relievers Heath Hembree and Robby Scott combined to strike out the side in a perfect seventh, and righty Matt Barnes added two more punchouts in a clean eighth.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Start your own season by purchasing R.B.I. Baseball

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Start your own season by purchasing R.B.I. Baseball
R.B.I. Baseball 2017 is here, and it can be yours today.

The Corey Seager-adorned game (or Kevin Pillar if you're in Canada) is available to purchase in North America at GameStop, Best Buy, Walmart, Target and MLB.com, among other participating outlets. Globally, it's accessible as a digital download on the Xbox Marketplace, PlayStation Store and the App Store on iPhone and iPad.

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Lamet's 8 K's propel Padres to series victory

Lamet's 8 K's propel Padres to series victory

NEW YORK -- All it took was a trip across the country for the Padres to cure their losing ways.

Behind Dinelson Lamet's five strong innings and eight strikeouts in his Major League debut, the Padres scored a 4-3 win over the Mets on Thursday night at Citi Field -- their first series win of any kind in May. The Padres have suddenly won three of four, with a trip to Washington on the horizon this weekend.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Red Sox set Price's season debut for Monday

After latest rehab outing, lefty cleared to start vs. White Sox in Chicago

Red Sox set Price's season debut for Monday

BOSTON -- David Price's 2017 season will start with a Memorial Day matinee on Monday in Chicago against the White Sox, the Red Sox announced on Thursday.

The lefty suffered a left elbow strain while pitching a simulated game in Fort Myers, Fla., on Feb. 28, and he will pitch one day after the three-month anniversary of that injury.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Trying to get out of the way of Paul Goldschmidt's slide, Jared Hughes landed on his shoulders

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Trying to get out of the way of Paul Goldschmidt's slide, Jared Hughes landed on his shoulders

Remember those "Train A departed Station A going northeast at 40 mph, and Train B departed Station B going southwest at 34.7 mph" math problems in school? They were hard (and if you disagree, kudos to you for being smart). 

Well, in the D-backs' 4-0 win over the Brewers on Thursday night, a baseball version of that scenario played out when Jared Hughes uncorked a wild pitch in the top of the eighth inning and ran toward home plate at ___ mph. Paul Goldschmidt, the runner on third, took off for home at a speed of ___ mph, which led to this pile-up at the plate when Hughes tried getting out of Goldy's way.

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Solo shots secure Cubs' series win vs. Giants

Solo shots secure Cubs' series win vs. Giants

CHICAGO -- The Cubs picked up the home run pace on Thursday as Kris Bryant, Jason Heyward and Ben Zobrist each hit solo shots to post a 5-1 victory over the Giants and Jeff Samardzija for their seventh win in the past nine games.

Bryant launched his 11th homer with two outs in the first, and Heyward and Zobrist led off the fifth and sixth innings, respectively, to hand the Giants their 12th loss in the past 14 games at Wrigley Field, which includes postseason play. Chicago now has 26 home runs in the past 14 games, second-most in the National League behind the D-backs (28).

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

The Indians tried to stop Billy Hamilton by dropping a bag of quicksand at his locker

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The Indians tried to stop Billy Hamilton by dropping a bag of quicksand at his locker

The Indians couldn't stop Billy Hamilton on Wednesday when the Reds' speedster scored the go-ahead run from first on a single in the ninth inning, but they came up with a solution on Thursday.

Before the series finale was rained out, the Indians left a bag of "quicksand" at Hamilton's locker, which they shared on Twitter.

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Pederson lands on 7-day concussion DL

Pederson lands on 7-day concussion DL

LOS ANGELES -- One day after Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said he didn't think center fielder Joc Pederson's neck injury was a disabled-list situation, Pederson landed on the seven-day concussion DL.

The Dodgers ran a few more tests on Pederson Thursday morning, and Roberts said there was some "fogginess," which led the club to rethink its decision.

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Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pedroia has knee pain, out early as precaution

Pedroia has knee pain, out early as precaution

BOSTON -- Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia exited Thursday's 6-2 win over the Rangers in the top of the sixth inning with pain in his left knee.

The Red Sox listed his removal from the game as precautionary. Pedroia had surgery on his left knee in the offseason, and had some more trouble with it after Manny Machado's controversial slide at Camden Yards on April 21. Pedroia missed three straight games after the Machado play.

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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Crew faces first adversity of '17 with injuries

Braun headed back to DL with calf trouble; Pina has bruised elbow

Crew faces first adversity of '17 with injuries

MILWAUKEE -- The no-longer-first-place Brewers are facing their first big dose of adversity.

Ryan Braun's 10th anniversary celebration was an abbreviated affair, as he suffered a recurrence of a left calf injury in the early innings of Thursday's 4-0 loss to the D-backs and followed catcher Manny Pina to Miller Park's training room.

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Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McCann suffers laceration to left hand

McCann suffers laceration to left hand

HOUSTON -- The Tigers lost more than a back-and-forth ballgame in Thursday's 7-6 loss to the Astros. They also lost their starting catcher in the middle of a grueling road trip that includes a doubleheader Friday.

James McCann, who garners the bulk of the starts in a catching mix with veteran Alex Avila, suffered a left hand laceration when he was hit by a Mike Fiers pitch in the fourth inning. The laceration was severe enough that he received five stitches and went on the 10-day disabled list.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chisenhall placed on 7-day concussion DL

Chisenhall placed on 7-day concussion DL

CLEVELAND -- The Indians' depleted outfield got even thinner on Thursday, when Lonnie Chisenhall was shelved with what manager Terry Francona described as a lower-grade concussion.

Cleveland placed Chisenhall on Major League Baseball's seven-day concussion list -- retroactive to Tuesday. With Thursday's game against the Reds postponed due to rain, the Tribe will hold off on making a subsequent roster move until Friday.

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Jordan Bastian has covered the Indians for MLB.com since 2011, and previously covered the Blue Jays from 2006-10. Read his blog, Major League Bastian, follow him on Twitter @MLBastian and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jaffe welcomes youngsters in Play Ball clinic

Jaffe welcomes youngsters in Play Ball clinic

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- Dan Jaffe, an assistant coach for the College of Southern Nevada baseball team, welcomed each group of youngsters to his pitching station roughly the same way.

"How many of you know who Bryce Harper is?" Jaffe asked Thursday as almost every hand shot into the air. Then he followed up with: "How many of you know where he went to college?"

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Matt Meyer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Robinson honored as Buck O'Neil recipient

Jackie's widow only fourth individual to be recognized with award

Robinson honored as Buck O'Neil recipient

Rachel Robinson, widow of Brooklyn Dodgers Hall of Fame second baseman Jackie Robinson and founder of the Jackie Robinson Foundation, has been named the 2017 recipient of the John Jordan "Buck" O'Neil Lifetime Achievement Award given out by the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

Robinson is the fourth recipient of the award, established in 2007 to honor an individual "whose efforts broadened the game's appeal and whose character, integrity and dignity is comparable to the late O'Neil." O'Neil, a first baseman and manager in the Negro American League, passed away in 2006 after nearly 80 years contributing to baseball's endeavors.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rain postpones Ohio Cup finale

CLEVELAND -- The Ohio Cup finale between the Reds and Indians on Thursday at Progressive Field was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up on a mutual off-day for both ballclubs at 7:10 p.m. ET on July 24.

Mike Clevinger (2-1, 1.56 ERA) was scheduled to make his fourth start of the season in place of injured Indians ace Corey Kluber, but the right-hander will be pushed back one day and will open the weekend series with the Royals at Progressive Field. Reds right-hander Tim Adleman (2-2, 6.19 ERA) was slated to pitch, but he too will be pushed back a day when Cincinnati visits the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

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William Kosileski is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cleveland. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Vlad Jr., Bo Bichette playing for same team

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Vlad Jr., Bo Bichette playing for same team

The spirit of the '90s is alive on the Lansing Lugnuts. And no, it's not just because the Lugnuts' logo wouldn't look out of place as the mascot for the 1996 Olympics.

Rather it's because the children of two stars of the 1990s -- namely, Bo Bichette, son of Rockies slugger Dante, and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., which, you can figure that one out -- are absolutely destroying the baseball for the Class A affiliate of the Blue Jays. 

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