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Kevin Gausman will wear No. 34 in honor of Roy Halladay

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Orioles pitcher Kevin Gausman tweeted on Thursday that he will change his uniform number from 39 to 34 in honor of late Blue Jays and Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay. The right-hander said,

Being a kid in love with the game of baseball, many of my afternoons and fondest childhood memories are of watching the game with my dad. Naturally I became a huge fan of fellow Colorado native Roy Halladay. He instantly became my idol. For years I watched him dominate his competition. To me, Roy gave me the inspiration that I could fulfill even my biggest of dreams — being a pitcher just like him. The older I got the more I began to understand the challenges of being a baseball player in Colorado. There have been less than 100 Major League Baseball players that were born there. I’d like to think we have our own fraternity amongst ourselves.

The loss of Roy was tragic and is saddening, but I feel honored to have watched everything he achieved. I plan to wear #34 next season to honor Roy Halladay both on and off the field.

Halladay died at the age of 40 last month in a plane crash in the Gulf of Mexico.

Gausman, 26, has had a solid career across five seasons with the Orioles. He owns a 4.18 ERA with 593 strikeouts and 198 walks in 639 2/3 innings in his career. He’s under team control for two more seasons after the upcoming one, becoming eligible for free agency after the 2020 season.

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.