Baseball as it looks right now has a decent number of sure things considering it’s still August: The Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals would have to really mess up to miss the playoffs. The Dodgers have gone from big spenders to underdogs thanks to a historic rash of injuries.
You may recall that, back in May, Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor got into a fight with Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista. Bautista slid late into second base, with which Odor took issue, so he punched Bautista in the face. That earned him a seven-game suspension. With one out in the fifth inning of Thursday’s game against the Indians, Odor reached on a fielding error by first baseman Mike Napoli. Jonathan Lucroy then hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. Odor slid hard into Jason Kipnis covering second base. Kipnis, hearkening back to the Bautista fight, backed up as if he were afraid Odor would punch him. Odor got a good chuckle out of it, but it was the Rangers’ bench which perhaps
Kevin Draper at Deadspin is passing along a story — and that’s not me editorializing; he’s admitting that it’s unconfirmed gossip at the moment — about a major league player paying a teammate $2.5 million to take the fall for him on a drug test. The story came via a tip from someone who, apparently, had a conversation about the drug test scam with a college baseball player who knew the players allegedly involved in the scam. Here is how the conversation was recounted: College Baseball Player: [MLB player’s star teammate] paid him to take his blood test. $2.5 million dollars. Bar Patron: How does that even work? College Baseball Player: [MLB player] and [MLB player’s star teammate] were getting