The Yankees are "furious" with A-Rod, obviously

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Alex Rodriguez mound incident.jpgA source tells Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News that some Yankees officials were “furious” with Alex Rodriguez for failing to tell manager Joe Girardi that his groin tightened up after batting practice on Thursday.

Rodriguez ended up being pulled from the game in the second inning, leaving the light-hitting Ramiro Pena in the cleanup spot for the remainder of the game. According to Feinsand, Rodriguez apparently gave Pena the “heads-up” to be ready just in case, though it doesn’t appear he gave the same warning to his manager.

“Would I have done anything different? I don’t know,” Girardi said. “I
would have had to have a talk with him and see what he told me. Maybe I
would have changed the lineup, but Alex thought he could go.”

Not sure about you, but I think New York reporters should be applauded for finding new and exciting ways to stick with this “Yankees are furious with A-Rod” theme. It’s so much juicier than hearing “The Yankees are content with A-Rod” or  “The Yankees take A-Rod out for ice cream.”

Braves ink Blaine Boyer to a minor league deal

DENVER, CO - OCTOBER 2:  Relief pitcher Blaine Boyer #48 of the Milwaukee Brewers delivers to home plate during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field on October 2, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)
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The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.

Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.

Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.

Report: Rays nearing a deal with Shawn Tolleson

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 18: Reliever Shawn Tolleson #37 of the Texas Rangers pitches against the St. Louis Cardinals in the eighth inning at Busch Stadium on June 18, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.

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Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.

Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.