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Martha Stewart jinxed Michael Pineda

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I wrote a post about Michael Pineda‘s then in-progress perfect game this afternoon. I posted it just as the top of the seventh inning was getting underway. Within two minutes Evan Longoria came to the plate and hit a double to left, ending the perfecto and the no-hitter. I updated the post, life went on and the Yankees won all the same.

As is always the case when this happens, several people accused me of jinxing Pineda. This is ridiculous of course. The thing I wrote could not have jinxed Pineda. Such an idea is impossible.

Why? Because it was posted at 2:52 PM. A minute before, this happened:

See, 2:51PM. Totally Martha’s fault. If you have complaints, Yankees fans, complain to her.

But don’t complain too hard. Her mac and cheese is really good. Highly recommended.

Erasmo Ramirez to be shut down with a minor lat strain

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Mariners right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been shut down for two weeks with a minor lat strain, reports Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times. It’s a precautionary move, as Ramirez felt some tightness in his arm and could not complete his scheduled bullpen session on Saturday.

There’s no word yet on whether Ramirez will be able to recover in time for the start of the season, though he’s expected to claim a rotation spot again this spring. The 28-year-old righty has been dogged by injuries throughout his six-year career, but finally managed to piece together a full season on the mound in back-to-back stints with the Rays and Mariners in 2017. He went 5-6 in 19 starts for the two clubs and turned in a cumulative 4.39 ERA, 2.1 BB/9 and 7.5 SO/9 through 131 1/3 innings.

The Mariners are no stranger to pitcher injuries, either. They lost a number of their top arms to various elbow, arm and shoulder injuries last year and cycled through 40 total pitchers as they limped toward a 78-84 finish. Comments from club manager Scott Servais indicate that the team will keep a close eye on Ramirez throughout his recovery, though Divish notes that right-hander Andrew Moore and lefty Ariel Miranda could also slot into the no. 5 spot if Ramirez experiences further setbacks.