The Nats are nowhere near signing Strasburg

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Last week Stephen Strasburg was lamenting the fact that he hadn’t heard from the Nationals. Seems that nothing has really changed:

The Washington Nationals are not on pace to sign top overall draft
pick Stephen Strasburg by the Aug. 17 deadline, a source close to the
negotiations told ESPN’s Pedro Gomez on Tuesday . . . The source said
that the Nats have had an ongoing dialogue with Strasburg’s adviser,
Scott Boras, but have made no offer other than the mandatory minor
league tender that all clubs must make to their picks within 10 days of
the draft.

As I said last week, the Nats shouldn’t cave in to Boras, but if they
can’t get this kid signed or at least make a strong, strong effort to
do so, the seven Nats fans that are left are totally going to bolt.

UPDATE: The Washington Times is calling the “no progress report” bunk,
though that’s coming from a team source that has every reason to paint
a rosier picture than actually exists. Of course, if Pedro Gomez’s
“source close to the negotiations” is with the Boras camp, then his
source has every reason to paint a more gloomy picture than actually

Damn, I can’t believe it’s only been a day and I’ve already
forgotten that “don’t believe half of what you see and none of what you
hear” rule.

Royals clinch home field advantage, best record in the American League

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With a 6-1 win over the Twins in Sunday’s season finale, the Royals clinched the best record in the American League, which nets them home field advantage in the ALDS and ALCS. The Royals stand at 95-67 while the Blue Jays, who lost on Sunday, finish at 93-69.

95-67 is the Royals’ best record since finishing 97-65 in 1980, when they lost the World Series to the Phillies. Their division title is their first since 1985.

In the ALDS, which starts on Thursday, the Royals will host the winner of the AL Wild Card game between the Astros and Yankees. They are looking to avenge last year’s World Series loss, in seven games, to the Giants. The Blue Jays will host the Rangers in the other ALDS series.

Yankees to host AL Wild Card Game after Astros lose to D’Backs

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Both the Astros’ and the Yankees’ fates were decided before their own games had completed on Sunday. The Rangers defeated the Angels, which clinched a Wild Card spot for the Astros. Then the Astros dropped Sunday’s season finale to the Diamondbacks, which clinched the first AL Wild Card slot for the Yankees. The Yankees are on their way to a loss against the Orioles as of this writing, but that will not affect anything now.

The Astros were in a 3-3 tie with the Diamondbacks in the seventh inning, but reliever Chad Qualls served up a two-run home run to Paul Goldschmidt. That would prove to be the deciding factor in a 5-3 loss.

The Yankees are losing 7-4 to the Orioles behind a subpar start by Michael Pineda and a shaky performance by the bullpen.

The MLB postseason opens up with the Yankees hosting the Astros on Tuesday in the AL Wild Card game. The winner moves on to face the Royals in Kansas City in the ALDS.