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Video: Steve Pearce hits his second walk-off grand slam in the last four games

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Steve Pearce gave the Blue Jays an 8-4 walk-off win against the Athletics on Thursday, mashing a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning against reliever Liam Hendriks. It was the Jays’ second walk-off victory in a row, as the club had walked off 3-2 the previous day on a Kendrys Morales homer.

Pearce had another walk-off grand slam up his sleeve on Sunday afternoon, capping off a seven-run bottom of the ninth inning against the Angels to help his team overcome a 10-4 deficit. Angels reliever Brooks Pounders walked Ryan Goins to lead off the frame, then gave up a two-run home run to Kevin Pillar to bring the game to 10-6. Rob Refsnyder kept the rally going with a ground-rule double, chasing Pounders from the game.

Bud Norris relieved Pounders, but couldn’t change the momentum. Ezequiel Carrera and Russell Martin both singled, making it a 10-7 score. After Justin Smoak grounded out for the first out of the inning, Morales walked to load the bases for Pearce. Pearce took two balls before drilling a 94 MPH Norris fastball over the fence in left field to finalize the game at 11-10 in favor of the Jays and notch his second walk-off grand slam in the last four games.

Pearce finished 2-for-4 with a walk and a double along with the slam. He’s now hitting .267/.319/.462 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 213 plate appearances on the season.

Rays trade Corey Dickerson to the Pirates

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Hey guys, guess what: another Rays post. This one is news, though:

The Pirates just announced that they’ve acquired outfielder Corey Dickerson from the Rays in exchange for reliever Daniel Hudson, minor league infielder Tristan Gray and cash.

Dickerson, as we’ve mentioned 10,000 times in the past few days, was DFA’d by the Rays for . . . reasons. The outfielder/DH hit .282/.325/.490 with a career-best 27 home runs and 2.6 fWAR in 629 PA last year, making the All-Star game. Which is really bad, according to some people who I still don’t totally understand, but what do I know? He’ll slide into an outfield situation in Pittsburgh that currently features Adam Frazier at the top of the depth chart in left.

Hudson is entering the second year of a two-year, $11 million deal, which likely explains why cash is coming back to Tampa Bay in the trade. In 2017 the lefty specialist posted a 4.38 ERA in 71 games, striking out 66 batters and walking 33 in 61.2 innings.

Gray was a 13th rounder in last year’s draft out of Rice. He’s a middle infielder who will turn 22 next month. Last year he played 53 games in the New York-Penn league.