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Must-Click Link: Pat Neshek at the All-Star Game

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Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com has a must-click story about reliever Pat Neshek, who is representing the Phillies at the All-Star Game.

On the surface it’s about how an unlikely All-Star is taking it all in. We’ve read a million of these. But Neshek’s story is deeper than that. It’s about how his three children are with him in Miami, making it a true family affair. It’s also about his oldest son Gehrig, who died less than 24 hours after he was born. Neshek talks about that as best he can, but he obviously can’t talk about it too deeply, even years later.

As we said with the Cabrera post this morning: these guys are not gladiators, robots or avatars, put on a field for our amusement and nothing more. There’s often a lot more going on with them. Stuff we couldn’t imagine. Stuff, absent stories like this one, we’d never know.

Report: Blue Jays and Marco Estrada nearing agreement on contract extension

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Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.

Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.

J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.

Video: Jackie Bradley, Jr. robs Chris Davis of a home run

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Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.

This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.