Blake Snell's 20-win season shows Rays still have some old school in them

  • null null null Baseball The Rays have done their darnedest this season to change the way major league pitchers are used, and yet they have an ace starter who's a 20-game winner and a Cy Young Award contender.All-Star left-hander Blake Snell on Tuesday reached a milestone that used to define pitching success (and get pitchers paid). The fact he only went five innings, albeit five dominant ones, against the Rangers provided a new-age touch to the night, but Snell (20-5) still became just the second Ray ever to get to 20 (David Price, in 2012, was the first) and the first pitcher to win that many since Rick Porcello, Max Scherzer and J.A. Happ did it two years ago.  Snell has been one of the franchise's few constants in a season of chaos. He began the year in the rotation and, aside from a brief stint on the disabled list with shoulder fatigue, has stayed in it despite the introduction of the trendy "opener" and bullpenning. The 2011 Tampa Bay first-round draft pick has dominated hitters with a high-90s fastball and a knee-buckling curve, evidenced by his 1.97 ERA over 169 innings and .563 opponents' OPS.MORE: Why it's important to understand and utilize FI[......]

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    Lewis Brinson says he still hears racial slur in Rockies fan video: 'It sounds a lot like the N-word'

  • Colorado Rockies Miami Marlins Baseball Lewis Brinson only hears the N-word from the Rockies fan.The Marlins outfielder was involved in a controversial moment on Sunday, when he was at-bat on during the Marlins matchup vs. the Rockies; a fan in the stands behind home plate appeared to have shouted the N-word twice, with the epithet caught by on-field microphones. As it turns out, the fan was instead yelling for Colorado's mascot "Dinger," trying to get its attention for a photograph with his family, according to the Rockies. Still, upon watching the video, Brinson thinks he hears the racial slur."All I know is that, in my opinion, it sounds a lot like the N-word. But I’m not that fan," Brinson said Monday, via USA Today. "I don’t know what he said. I only have the video and the video sounds like the N-word to me. But, if he didn’t, and didn’t initially mean for him to make it sound like that. I’m sorry for all the backlash coming." MORE: Dodgers ball girl becomes Twitter star after stopping invaderBrinson said that, as a Black baseball player, he draws the ire of racists on social media fairly frequently, with nameless, faceless accounts tweeting him with the disgusting word."I personally keep hearing the N-word. It’s not that I want[......]

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