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Shohei Ohtani diagnosed with a Grade 2 UCL strain

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What a blow for the sport. God. I can't imagine a worse thing happening to what is very much the biggest baseball story of the past decade. We've seen pitchers come back from PRP and stem cell injection therapy, like Masahiro Tanaka very recently, but it means that his UCL will always be a risk moving forward. Here's to hoping he makes a speedy recovery.

Red Sox designate Hanley Ramirez for assignment

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A 92 wRC+ since the beginning of last year, so Boston how has had enough.

Braves release Jose Bautista

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Jose Bautista's career may be over after the Braves have unconditionally released him. Let's take a minute to appreciate what a career he's had, if this is truly the end.

In Play, Pod(cast)'s Evan Davis appears on MLB Now

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Evan Davis, a featured writer and editor for Beyond the Box Score and the host of our In Play, Pod(cast), appeared on MLB Network's MLB Now yesterday afternoon to make the case for relievers going into the Hall of Fame (a topic he expounded on last week). Evan promises to be nicer to Mike Lowell next time.

Want to work for the Pittsburgh Pirates? Apply here!

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Know your way around baseball statistics? Have experience with R, Python, or other programming languages? The Pirates want to hire you! Check out the Pittsburgh-based internship here, and the Bradenton, Florida-based internship here.

In Play, Pod(cast)'s Evan Davis appears on MLB Now

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Our intrepid podcast host, armed with his statistics knowledge and pocket square, chatted with Brian Kenny about the mechanics and value of Deserved Run Average.

Lorenzo Cain robs a home run with an unbelievable catch

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Cain's arm looks a little like jelly after making this catch, but Royals fans are used to seeing Cain make plays like this. Cain ranks second only to Leonys Martin in defensive runs saved among center fielders since 2014, and he ranks eighth overall. According to Jeffrey Flanagan and Statcast, Cain's route efficiency was 98 percent on a batted ball that goes for a hit about 89 percent of the time.

Byron Buxton shows off speed on lightning-fast triple

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I'm pretty sure my home to first speed would be right around his home to third speed.

A strategic switch to beat the shift?

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Is switch hitting a sustainable strategy for beating the shift?