Joakim Soria rejoins the Tigers’ bullpen

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Sidelined for the past month with a strained oblique muscle, Joakim Soria is slated to be activated from the disabled list and rejoin the Tigers’ bullpen for tonight’s game against the Royals.

Soria appeared in just six games for the Tigers after they acquired him from the Rangers in mid-July and was horrible with a 10.38 ERA, but prior to the trade he had a 2.70 ERA and 42/4 K/BB ratio in 33 innings for Texas.

Soria has plenty of closing experience from his days with the Royals–saving 160 games with a 2.40 ERA from 2007-2011–so it’s possible manager Brad Ausmus could eventually turn to him in the ninth inning if Joe Nathan continues to struggle or has to be shut down due to elbow problems.

The baseball world reacts to news of Kobe Bryant’s death

Kobe Bryant
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Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were two of nine people who died in a helicopter accident in Calabasas, California earlier today. Bryant’s death sent shockwaves throughout the basketball world, as well as the sports world at large. Here were a few reactions from the baseball world.

We certainly echo these sentiments, sending our condolences to the families and friends of those affected today. What a sad day.