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
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.
Someone needs to check on Twins pitching coach Neil Allen and make sure he can still breathe after Sunday’s game against the Tampa Bay Rays because, well, Miguel Sano absolutely terrified him. Dugout footage before the game captured Sano holding a fake rubber cobra. At the same time, Allen was making rounds in dugout to pump up his players, giving high-fives and whatnot. As he made his way to Sano, he looked at the snake and we can actually see the brief moment it took for him to process what he was looking at before completely losing it. Priceless. I don’t think Sano could have even hoped for a reaction better than that. Allen looked like he was about two seconds away from quitting his job right