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Marcus Stroman raps on Mike Stud’s latest single

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Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman appears on hip-hop artist Mike Stud’s latest single “Shine.” It’s actually the second time he has appeared on a Stud track. Last January he rapped on the song “These Days.”

The basis of the collaboration is not necessarily 100% artistic, however. Stroman and Stud were teammates on the Duke University baseball team. Still, as far as rapping ballplayers go, Stroman is better than . . . well, any other ballplayers who have tried rapping. Although the line “only bright side of Donald Trump is tax breaks” is . . . ugh.

Duke University: not necessarily a noted cradle of hip hop, but if there was going to be hip hop that gave nods to upper class tax breaks, you know it was going to come from Duke University.

Check him out:

(h/t Proudly Canadian)

Brian Dozier, Todd Frazier, and Didi Gregorius say teams should expand protective netting

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Earlier, a young fan was struck by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium and had to be carried out before being taken to a hospital. Fortunately, it seems that the fan is okay.

As usual, when a scary incident such as today’s occurs, players come out in full support of expanding the protective netting at ballparks. Twins second baseman Brian Dozier as well as Yankees third baseman Todd Frazier and shortstop Didi Gregorius all said as much after Wednesday afternoon’s game.

Phillies shortstop Freddy Galvis has also been a very vocal proponent of increased netting. For the most part, the players are pretty much all in agreement about the subject. It’s only a vocal minority of fans who seem to think that their ability to snag a random souvenir or have an unimpeded view supersedes the safety of their neighbors.

Video: Giancarlo Stanton hits a laser for his 56th home run

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Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton continued his march towards 60 home runs, hitting No. 56 in Wednesday afternoon’s win against the Mets. The Marlins, leading 7-2 prior to Stanton’s two-run blast in the bottom of the eighth, didn’t need the extra run support but welcomed it all the same. Mets reliever Erik Goeddel tossed a 1-1, 78 MPH curve that caught too much of the plate.

After Wednesday’s action, Stanton is batting .279/.378/.634 with 120 RBI and 116 runs scored along with the 56 dingers in 646 plate appearances. The last player to hit at least 56 home runs in a season was Ryan Howard (58) in 2006. Stanton’s is the 19th player-season of at least 56 homers.