Buehrle definitely had a good draw of umps

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You know, if you were the suspicious type, this may cause your eyebrows to raise a bit:

Some umpires can work their entire careers and never find themselves
behind the plate for a no-hitter. Eric Cooper has been the plate umpire
for three of them, including two by White Sox left-hander Mark Buehrle,
who pitched a perfect game Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays . . .

. . . How’s this for strange? Cooper has been behind the plate for
each of Buehrle’s last three shutouts — the perfect game Thursday, the
no-hitter April 18, 2007, at U.S. Cellular Field against the Texas
Rangers and a 6-0 victory against the Los Angeles Dodgers on June 17,
2005, at the Cell. Cooper, 38, also was behind the plate for Boston Red
Sox right-hander Hideo Nomo’s no-hitter against the Baltimore Orioles
on April 6, 2001.

Sadly, there isn’t any suggestion that Buehrle is paying off Cooper or
anything, because that would be the bestest story ever (at least if you
were a writer). If you’re Ozzie Guillen, though, don’t you mess with
your pitching staff to ensure that Buehrle is on the mound the next
time Cooper is behind the plate when his crew’s in town? If, for no
other reason, than to boost your ace’s confidence?

Marco Estrada signs a one-year, $13 million deal for 2018

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Marco Estrada and the Blue Jays have agreed to a one-year, $13 million extension with the Blue Jays, reports Jon Morosi of MLB.com. Last night Morosi reported that the sides were near a deal.

This extension is, functionally, like adding a year on to his old deal, which paid him $26 million for the 2016-17 seasons. As Bill noted last night. while the 34-year-old right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176.2 innings this year and has improved in the second half.

The Red Sox will air anti-racism PSA before games beginning next week

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Adrian Walker of the Boston Globe reports that the Boston Red Sox will air an anti-racism public service announcement at Fenway Park before their game on September 28. This is part of a large campaign backed by the Sox, the Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, New England Patriots and New England Revolution “featuring athletes calling on fans to take a stand against racism and hate speech at sports venues.”

This comes in the wake of a group of protesters hanging an anti-racism banner in Fenway Park last week which, in turn came a few months after Adam Jones, like many visiting players of color before him, claimed that racial epithets were hurled at him by fans in the Fenway bleachers.

Red Sox CEO Sam Kennedy tells the globe that the Jones incident is what inspired the PSA campaign:

“When the incidents in May occurred, one of the first things we recognized was sports teams are high-profile, and we have the opportunity to help lead a high-level discussion around this,” he said. “We wanted to take the lead in taking a stand against racism.”