Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Steven Souza has not only staked his claim to the most awkward outfield dive in baseball this week, he absolutely owns it. What he lacked in style points, he made up for with a good result. As for Souza, his attempt during Friday’s game against the Twins lacked style points, awareness and ultimately the baseball, as his dive was approximately 20 feet off the mark. But what Souza lacked in those areas, he made up for in humility, which helped him win over everyone at Target Field.
WASHINGTON -- On Dec. 19, 2014, the San Diego Padres traded pitcher Joe Ross and a player to be named later -- it would be Trea Turner -- to the Washington Nationals in a three-team deal that included the Tampa Bay Rays. Since that trade, the Padres have posted a record of 160-215 while the Nationals are 208-166 after they won 3-0 Saturday as Stephen Strasburg struck out a career-high 15 batters in seven innings and the Washington staff fanned 17. As a reminder of what could have been, Ross (2-0, 5.32) makes the start Sunday against San Diego right-hander Jhoulys Chacin (4-4, 5.74) in the finale of the three-game series at Nationals Park. First-place Washington is 30-18 while last-place San Diego
Baltimore Orioles:The O’s are knee deep in the worst stretch of their season, suffering through a week-long losing streak at the hands of the Twins and Astros. As a result, they have fallen into third place in the ever-relentless AL East and are closer to fourth place Tampa Bay than to the Yankee club they have been intertwined with throughout the year. The week ahead offers a tremendous chance for the Orioles to either sink or swim, as they will head home for back-to-back series with both teams ahead of them in the standings. Boston Red Sox: The BoSox enter the new week on an encouraging note, having put together a six-game win streak (their longest run on the year) and finally gaining ground in the AL East standings.