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The Padres dramatically announce some profoundly boring “new” uniforms

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The Padres got CRAZY last year. I mean nuts. Of course I’m referring to their adoption of a hint of yellow to their standard blue and white uniforms which, before then, led the league in genericness for several years running.

Seems that was a bit too much for some people, however, because they just got rid of the yellow and have reverted to their old generic selves. The best part: a video with comically dramatic music to announce a uniform change that I bet 95% of the public would have no idea was actually a change unless they were told it was:

Kudos for keeping the weekend throwbacks, I suppose, but as I and many others have argued time and again, the Padres refusal to embrace their franchise’s uniform history is one of the more perplexing things around. They need to bring back the brown.

And no, not in the same way they did back in the 70s. They could totally embrace the brown in a modern way that would (a) look great; and (b) be truly unique in baseball’s bland world of mostly red, white and blue. We’ve highlighted John Brubaker’s work along these lines before, but in case you’ve never seen it:

The bottom right mockups are so, so good looking. And the only people who think this would be a bad idea, apparently, happen to run the San Diego Padres. Why that is, I have no idea.

The Red Sox are calling up Rafael Devers

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Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.

Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.

There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.

Stephen Strasburg exited Sunday’s start with an apparent injury

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It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.

Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.

The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.