Soriano does not like to prepare if it's not absolutely necessary

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Alfonso Soriano got an unexpected day off yesterday, and he wasn’t happy about it:

Soriano was miffed when he learned his name wasn’t in the starting lineup Wednesday after he had a pair of hits Tuesday night.

“That’s why I’m mad,” Soriano said. “If he had told me yesterday,
then I wouldn’t come today ready to play . . . I think he could have
said to me last night, ‘OK, take a day off,’ especially because
[Thursday] is an off day. I’d be like, ‘OK, I’ll take the two [days].’
But I like to know before I come here.”

Look, I don’t for a second know what goes into preparing to do battle
on a Major League ballfield. I mean, I’m sure there are all kinds of
samurai-like rites and rituals involving incense and self-flagellation
and everything else, and that whether one endures it all is contingent
upon whether one knows ahead of time if one is going to be in the
starting lineup. But it does strike me that even if one knows he’s not going to play that day, that one would still, generally speaking, come “ready to play.”

More seriously speaking, I can see it if Soriano was mad that he wasn’t
playing because he, you know, wanted to play, but being angry because
he was forced to mentally prepare himself to play for a few hours on a
Wednesday morning makes little sense to me.

What is Soriano really mad about? If he knew he wasn’t
starting ahead of time would he have had a slumber party with the girls
the night before? Watched the entire fifth season of “Stargate:
Atlantis” and made nachos? Why doesn’t the media ask the things we want
to know about?

More importantly, what’s Soriano gonna do about it?

Asked if he would talk to Piniella about his complaint, Soriano simply replied: “No.”

OK, then.

Report: Blue Jays and Marco Estrada nearing agreement on contract extension

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Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.

Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.

J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.

Video: Jackie Bradley, Jr. robs Chris Davis of a home run

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Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.

This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.