The Rays' "reallocation of resources"

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Rays’ owner Stuart Sternberg will not stand for anyone accusing his team of dumping salary. His comments yesterday when asked if the Scott Kazmir trade was just that:

“I think any real fan who looked at it could clearly see that it’s not
a salary dump . . . We live within our
means. It’s a reallocation of resources.”

The Rays had some good baseball reasons to trade Kazmir, and
actually got a nice return for a guy who has not lived up to his
billing for a couple of years now.  Why Sternberg couldn’t say that, albeit in more polite terms, rather than trot out defensive and contradictory euphemisms is beyond me.

Hunter Pence appeared as guest on Bill Nye’s new show

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Bill Nye — yeah, “the science guy” — has a new show on Netflix called Bill Nye Saves the World. His show ties science to other areas such as politics, pop culture, and sports. Giants outfielder Hunter Pence was invited to appear as a guest.

Nye talked a bit about Pence and marveled at the dedication players must have to stay competitive in the sport. Nye called Pence “a cool guy” and “charming,” which is not surprising.

Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start with forearm tightness

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Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller left Sunday’s start against the Dodgers after four-plus innings due to tightness in his right forearm, the team announced. He’ll be reevaluated tomorrow. Needless to say, though, a forearm injury is very concerning. In his four innings, Miller gave up three runs on four hits and five walks with three strikeouts, raising his ERA to 4.09.

Miller, 26, has had a nightmare of a time since joining the Diamondbacks in December 2015. Last year, he made 20 starts and posted a 6.15 ERA. He suffered a finger injury suffered from scraping his hand on the pitcher’s mound with his follow-through, and he was also demoted to Triple-A during the summer as well.