Roberts' family predicted Jayson Werth homer

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werth headshot.jpgCraig gave a nice obituary Thursday on the life and times of former major leaguer Robin Roberts, who passed away suddenly at the age of 83.  Now Matt Gelb of the Philadelphia Inquirer has added to the legend.

According to Gelb, Roberts’ 18-year-old granddaughter Jennifer had a premonition when Phillies outfielder Jayson Werth stepped to the plate Thursday against the Cardinals’ Kyle Lohse.  She predicted that he would homer in honor of her grandfather, and he did just that.

“She said Werth was going to hit a home run just for Pops,” Roberts’ son Jim told the Inquirer. “And then he did. There were quite a
few tears in our living room at that point.”

The Phillies went on to win 7-2, taking three-of-four games from the NL Central-leading Redbirds.  Werth was informed of the prediction after the game.

“That’s [amazing] right there,” the Phillies’ rightfielder said, rubbing the goosebumps on his arm.

Werth, 30, is batting a scorching .354 this season with a .417 on-base percentage and five home runs in 99 at-bats.  The Phils stand 17-11, good enough for first place in the National League East.

Rays trade Jake Odorizzi to Twins

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The Rays have traded right-hander Jake Odorizzi to the Twins, per team announcements on Saturday evening. The Twins will receive minor league shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the deal. Despite previous speculation, recently-DFA’d outfielder Corey Dickerson was not included in the trade.

With Odorizzi, the Twins finally have the front-end starter they’ve been seeking all winter. It’s a bargain deal as well, as the 27-year-old righty is under contract through 2019 and didn’t require the club to part with any of their top-shelf prospects in the trade. Odorizzi will be looking to stage a comeback in 2018 after a dismal performance with the Rays last year, during which he eked out a career-worst 4.14 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 through 143 1/3 innings.

Palacios, 21, ranked no. 27 in the Twins’ system last season. He split his year between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers, raking a combined .296/.333/.454 with 13 home runs and 20 stolen bases in 539 plate appearances. He’s expected to continue developing at shortstop, though he’s also seen limited time at second and third base during his four-year career in the minors.