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Yeah, I suppose that’s corny, but there’s really no other word to
describe him. He completely dominated the Cardinals last night, staying
perfect until the fifth inning and remaining near perfect for the rest
of the game. Other than a double to Pujols — who tends to get his no
matter who’s pitching — no one could do a thing against the guy. The
Cardinals didn’t even make him work, as he threw 95 pitches in a
complete game.

Not that this was anything new. Over his last four starts he’s 3-1
(three complete games) with a 1.03 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 37-3. Dude
won the Cy Young last year. Though 16 starts in 2008 he was 8-1 with a
2.54 ERA and K/BB ratio of 103-40. Through 16 starts this year he’s 8-2
with a 2.37 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 132-28. Anyone doubt that he’s
going to win the Cy Young again?

With nasty stuff like that Lincecum could be excused for being a bit cocky. Not that he’s the least bit cocky. Here he is after yesterday’s game:

When I saw the lineup card today, I thought they’re throwing some
pretty good guys out there. But then I thought, ‘I’m good. I’m here for
a reason. I can get these guys out if I make my pitches the way I need
to’ . . . This game can be humbling. The second you go out there
thinking that you’re hot s-, then they hit four home runs off you.
That’s the last thing I want to do. I’m not getting ahead of myself.
I’m not thinking I’m going to shut anybody down because of what I did.
It’s what I’m doing now.

And what he’s doing is shutting everybody down.

Spring training will be slightly shortened in 2018

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - MARCH 15:  General view of action between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants during the spring training game at Scottsdale Stadium on March 15, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The A's defeated the Giants 8-1. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Associated Press is reporting that the spring training schedule will be shortened by two days starting in 2018. That change comes as part of the new collective bargaining agreement, which was agreed to last month.

Specifically, the voluntary reporting date for pitchers, catchers, and injured players has been changed to 43 days before the start of the regular season, down from 45. For the rest of the players, the reporting date is 38 days before the start of the regular season, down from 40.

The change goes hand-in-hand with allowing teams 187 days, rather than 183, to complete their 162-game regular season schedule.

While just about everyone seems to be in agreement that the spring training exhibition schedule is too long, team owners are likely very hesitant to shorten that part of the spring schedule because it would cost them money. So they’re just allowing players to arrive to camp a couple of days later.

Report: Rays trade Logan Forsythe to the Dodgers for prospect Jose De Leon

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 4: Logan Forsythe #11 of the Tampa Bay Rays waits in the dugout to get on deck to bat during the third inning of a game against the Kansas City Royals on August 4, 2016 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)
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Update (7:05 PM EST): The Rays and Dodgers have both announced the trade.

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Update (6:57 PM EST): That was fast. Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports the two sides have agreed to the trade. Forsythe for De Leon. An announcement is expected shortly.

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Dodgers and Rays are “deep into discussions” on a trade involving second baseman Logan Forsythe. Passan adds that the two sides have discussed pitcher Jose De Leon — the Dodgers’ top pitching prospect — as part of the return for Forsythe, but it’s unclear if he’s in the deal currently being discussed.

Forsythe, 30, hit a productive .264/.333/.444 with 20 home runs and 52 RBI in 567 plate appearances in 2016. He was even better the year before, finishing with an .804 OPS. Forsythe can fill the Dodgers’ obvious need at second base, but he also has experience playing third base, first base, shortstop, and corner outfield.

Forsythe is entering the second year of his two-year, $10.25 million contract extension with the Rays. He’ll earn $5.75 million in 2017 and his controlling team has an $8.5 million club option with a $1 million buyout for the 2018 season.