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The Braves enjoyed a messy fifth inning against the Nationals

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Everyone expects spring training games to be messy, especially early. Players are just getting back into the swing of things. Some younger guys have the pressure of playing with the big boys for the first time, or are competing for a roster spot; older guys are doing everything they can to keep their careers alive. You can see a lot of crazy things in spring training.

Saturday afternoon’s affair between the Braves and Nationals brought messy to a whole new level. The game featured seven multi-run innings, including four of four runs or more. Six errors were committed, five by the Nationals. 15 pitchers were used.

The fifth inning in particular stood out because of everything that happened. MASN’s Dan Kolko captured it all in one picture, which he posted to Twitter:

First of all, the Nationals substitutions at all eight non-pitcher positions, which really cluttered up the page. Then Freddie Freeman reached on a fielding error. Later, when Matt Lipka singled to right, Michael Taylor both missed the ball and made a throwing error, leading to the Braves’ third and fourth runs of the inning. The Nationals replaced pitcher Blake Treinen with Josh Roenicke. The Braves pinch-hit four times and finished the fifth inning with nine runs on ten hits, including eight singles.

Shockingly enough, the nine-spot wasn’t enough as the Braves lost 16-15. The Braves logged 25 hits. Spring training, everyone.

Dillon Gee was hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs and shoulder

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 5: Dillon Gee #53 of the Kansas City Royals throws in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports that Royals pitcher Dillon Gee has been shut down for the year after being hospitalized in Detroit due to blood clots in his lungs and shoulder. Gee first began experiencing shortness of breath on Sunday after playing the Tigers, Dodd adds.

Blood clots are a serious thing, so here’s hoping that Gee recovers quickly and painlessly.

In 14 starts and 19 relief appearances for the Royals spanning 125 innings this season, Gee put up a 4.68 ERA and an 89/37 K/BB ratio.

What’s on Tap: Previewing Tuesday’s action

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 24:  Left to right, Sandy Leon #3 of the Boston Red Sox and teammates Brock Holt #12, Jackie Bradley Jr. #25 and Dustin Pedroia #15 jog to the dugout after Pedroia's grand slam the in the seventh inning against theTampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on September 24, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr. /Getty Images)
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All of the divisions are spoken for in baseball except for the American League East. The Red Sox will have a chance to clinch the division on Tuesday night. A win over the Yankees or a Blue Jays loss against the Orioles will wrap it up for the BoSox.

The Red Sox are finishing up the regular season on fire, as the club has won 11 consecutive games. During those 11 wins, they have averaged 5.1 runs per game while allowing three per game on average. As a result, they went from one game ahead in first place at the start of the streak to 5.5 games ahead.

When the Red Sox clinch the division, they will have done so for the first time since 2013, when they won the World Series. David Price takes the hill for them on Tuesday night, opposing the Yankees’ Luis Cessa in a 7:05 PM EDT start at Yankee Stadium. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays will send Aaron Sanchez to the mound against the Orioles’ Kevin Gausman in a 7:07 PM EDT start.

There is some potential Wild Card elimination as well tonight. The Royals can be eliminated by losing or the Orioles winning. The Yankees can be eliminated with a loss and an Orioles win. The Marlins and Pirates can be eliminated with a loss and a Giants win.

The rest of Tuesday’s action…

Arizona Diamondbacks (Matt Koch) @ Washington Nationals (Max Scherzer), 7:05 PM EDT

Chicago Cubs (John Lackey) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Ryan Vogelsong), 7:05 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians (Mike Clevinger) @ Detroit Tigers (Justin Verlander), 7:10 PM EDT

New York Mets (Noah Syndergaard) @ Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler), 7:10 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies (Jerad Eickhoff) @ Atlanta Braves (Julio Teheran), 7:10 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins (Jose Berrios) @ Kansas City Royals (Ian Kennedy), 7:15 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Jimmy Nelson) @ Texas Rangers (A.J. Griffin), 8:05 PM EDT

Seattle Mariners (Felix Hernandez) @ Houston Astros (Mike Fiers), 8:10 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays (Alex Cobb) @ Chicago White Sox (Chris Sale), 8:10 PM EDT

Cincinnati Reds (Robert Stephenson) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright), 8:15 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics (Daniel Mengden) @ Los Angeles Angels (Ricky Nolasco), 10:05 PM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers (Kenta Maeda) @ San Diego Padres (Paul Clemens), 10:10 PM EDT

Colorado Rockies (German Marquez) @ San Francisco Giants (Matt Moore), 10:15 PM EDT