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Former Cardinals pitcher Anthony Reyes is fighting the Southern California wildfires

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Anthony Reyes pitched for the Cardinals for four years and the Indians for two years. If you remember him, you probably remember him beating Justin Verlander in Game 1 of the 2006 World Series against the Tigers, in which he allowed two runs and retired 17 consecutive batters at one point.

His big league career ended in 2009 and he last pitched professionally in 2012. Earlier this year, however, he made news when he followed in his father’s footsteps and became a Los Angeles County firefighter.

That’s a dangerous job as it is, but keep a good thought for Reyes now, as Cardinals Magazine reports that he is one of the many firefighters on the front lines against the massive wildfires burning in southern California:

Stay safe, Anthony.

(h/t Sports Illustrated)

Al Avila on trading Ian Kinsler: “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged.”

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Tigers GM Al Avila said on Tuesday, via MLB.com’s Jason Beck, that there’s been significant headway made in the quest to trade second baseman Ian Kinsler. He said, “We’ve gotten to the point where names have been exchanged. We just can’t agree.”

Kinsler, 35, is in the last year of his contract with the Tigers, earning $10 million for this coming season. In 2017, the veteran batted .236/.313/.412 with 22 home runs, 52 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 613 plate appearances.

It’s not known yet which team (or teams) have gotten far in discussions with the Tigers, but the Angels have been suggested as a good fit given their need for a second baseman.