Author: Drew Silva

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Edwin Encarnacion got a cortisone shot for his ailing left shoulder, out Sunday afternoon


Edwin Encarnacion made an early exit from Saturday’s game against the Astros and he is not in the Blue Jays’ starting lineup for Sunday afternoon’s series finale. Here’s the reason …

Encarnacion should avoid the disabled list, but it’s probably going to be a few days before he can swing a bat without discomfort. Toronto kicks off a three-game set with the visiting Marlins on Monday evening.

Encarnacion has tallied 12 home runs and 33 RBI in 55 games this season for the Blue Jays, but that has come with a relatively disappointing .749 OPS. He’s put up a .900 OPS or better in three straight years.

MLB cheers on Triple Crown winner American Pharoah

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American Pharoah became the first horse in 37 years to complete the Triple Crown on Saturday at the Belmont Stakes. And he did it in dominant fashion. Watch that race again here

The race was broadcast at many major league stadiums. Now check out some of those reactions

Orioles activate Bud Norris following bout with bronchitis

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From the official Twitter account of the Baltimore Orioles …

Norris is rejoining the Orioles’ starting rotation on Sunday against the Indians after missing close to a month with a bad case of bronchitis. He struggled badly in two of his three rehab outings and returns to a rough 9.88 ERA. Baltimore is in last place in the American League East standings with a record of 25-30.

Video: Vin Scully talks D-Day

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Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully speaks eloquently on just about any subject, but you have to check out this clip from Saturday — the 71st anniversary of the Allied landings in Normandy …

Jake Odorizzi expected to miss time with oblique injury

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Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi was forced to make an early departure from his start Friday night against the Mariners with pain in his right side, and manager Kevin Cash acknowledged Saturday that it likely had something to do with his oblique muscle.

Cash told Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune that Odorizzi is scheduled to see a doctor as soon as the Rays return from their current 10-game road trip on Monday and called it a “fair” assumption that the hard-throwing 25-year-old is looking at an extended absence. Grade 1 oblique strains typically take two to three weeks to heal. Grade 2 strains can sideline players for more than a month.

Odorizzi is sporting a fantastic 2.47 ERA and 1.017 WHIP in 12 starts this season.

He also has an impressive 63/15 K/BB ratio through 76 2/3 innings.