Picture of the Day: Jose Reyes is dedicated

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The East Coast was hit hard with a snowstorm today, but that didn’t stop Blue Jays shortstop Jose Reyes from stepping outside to play catch. Check out this picture Reyes posted to his Instagram account this afternoon:

source:  Now that’s dedication.

This is a good time to remind you that pitchers and catchers report to Blue Jays’ camp on February 16, which is two weeks from yesterday. The team’s first full workout is on February 21. We’re almost there.

Jon Lester exits Thursday’s start with an apparent injury

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Jon Lester has had better innings. The Cubs’ starter had a nightmarish second frame on Thursday against the Reds that started with giving up four consecutive singles. The Reds would go on to score eight runs before Lester walked off the field with a trainer with what was later described as left lat tightness. Mike Montgomery relieved him and gave up an inherited run. Officially, Lester pitched 1 2/3 innings, yielding nine runs (seven earned) on seven hits and a walk with no strikeouts.

Lester entered the afternoon with a 3.99 ERA. He exited with a 4.37 ERA.

The Cubs should pass along more information on Lester’s status after Thursday’s game.

Tampa teams dedicate funds for Confederate monument removal

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TAMPA, Fla. (AP) The three major professional sports teams based in the Tampa Bay area say they have “dedicated funds” to help remove a Confederate monument from the city.

The NFL’s Buccaneers, NHL’s Lightning and Rays of Major League Baseball issued a joint statement Thursday saying they’re working with the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce because they’re “recognizing that this monument does not reflect the values of our community.”

The teams did not disclose how much money they would dedicate.

Former Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy tweeted that he would donate $5,000 to help move the statue from its spot in downtown Tampa.

The teams’ announcement came a day after commissioners, in a divisive 4-2 vote, gave fundraisers 30 days to collect $140,000, about half of what’s needed to relocate the monument.