The Tampa Bay Rays may not have what it takes to capture the AL East ahead of the New York Yankees this season, but that doesn’t mean they are out of the playoff picture by any means. They showed just why they are one of MLB’s best on Tuesday night as they never gave up against the Toronto Blue Jays at home. Having made a poor start and falling behind 6-0 after four innings, the home team Rays wouldn’t just chip away little by little. Instead, they relied upon two-run home runs from Avisail Garcia, Willy Adames, and Austin Meadows to even up affairs. From there, the game went quiet until extras, when they would walk it off in bizarre fashion as Kevin Kiermaier scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the tenth with two outs. That makes the Rays 8-2 over the course of their last ten games, while keeping them half a game ahead of Oakland for the second and final Wild Card spot in the American League.
In a bid to make things better, easier, and less complicated, the NCAA has decided to change some of their rules regarding agents in the sport of basketball. And it’s not exactly without its share of controversy. Some of the requirements include an agent to have a bachelor’s degree, to have NBPA certification for three or more years, and to take a test at NCAA headquarters. Rules, however, regarding when an agent can be brought in have not changed. Players will still only be allowed to make deals with players when said player’s season has ended. Thanks to common sense measures, players can now return to school after hiring an agent, though there is a complicated process there as well.
The New York Yankees are the best unluckiest team in baseball this season, possibly ever. And the hits just keep on coming. Yet another player appears to be injured, with Gleyber Torres once again being forced to exit the game early with abdominal pain. That came in their 9-4 win over the hapless and helpless Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday night. Torres was sent back to the Big Apple to undergo tests, and manager Aaron Boone hopes to have an update on his condition soon. Torres, so far, has been the only regular starter to not pick up a stint on the injury list this season, so their fingers will be crossed he will be day-to-day only.