The Red Sox and Yankees could meet in London in 2018

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The Boston Herald is reporting that the Yankees and Red Sox could meet in London in 2018.

Talk of regular season baseball games in London has been circulating for some time now, but the Herald quotes Yankees president Randy Levine saying that he’s “hopeful and confident” that an agreement to that effect will be made soon.

The new Collective Bargaining Agreement commits the players and owners to more international games, with London being specified by name. There has been past talk of the Mets going there and they very well might. Major League Baseball, of course, would love to have two of its marquee teams, the Yankees and Sox, make the trip as well.

I would like to volunteer as a broadcaster. From my audition reel:

  • “Oi! Betts nicked second offa Tanakar, innit?!”
  • “Farrell is out to get Kimbrel, who hasn’t retired a batsman. Not surprising. He’s pitched for three straight days and has bugger all today, mates. He’s absolutely knackered!”
  • “Looka that chav on his mobile, not payin’ proper attention to the match!”
  • “Bases loaded, right, count’s full. Price is really in Barney! Wot! Wot’s all this, then?! Fastball on the corner catches Castro lookin’! Girardi doesn’t like that call and he’s out for some argy-bargy! Price is right chuffed, but you can tell by his look that even he thinks that call was as bent as a nine-bob note!”

Seriously, call me, MLB. Put me on the air. My commentary would be blinding.

Mike Trout has a torn thumb ligament, could require surgery

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Yesterday Mike Trout left the Marlins-Angels game after hurting his thumb while sliding head first into second base. After the game the Angels talked about it as if it were just a sprain. Trout had an MRI today, however, and the diagnosis is far worse: he has a torn thumb ligament.

While a treatment option has not yet been chosen, surgery is a possibility. A certainty is that he’ll miss, at the very least, several weeks of play. He has been placed on the disabled list for the first time in his career.

Trout, the reigning AL MVP and, without question, the best player in baseball, is batting .337/.461/.742 with 16 home runs, 36 RBI, 36 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases in 206 plate appearances this season. Even with the one of the weaker supporting casts in baseball, Trout had the Angels near .500 and in at least arguable contention in the AL West.

Without him, they are likely sunk. Without him, baseball is worse off.

Basebrawl! Harper, Strickland punch away, Nats-Giants fight

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SAN FRANCISCO — Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland’s 98 mph fastball in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied.

At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout. Harper and Strickland were both ejected.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Strickland. After the star’s second shot, in Game 4, he stared at Strickland as he rounded the bases.