A Rays affiliate planned, and then cancelled, “A-Rod Juice Box” night


The Yankees may obliquely refer to their designated hitter’s PED past as a means of denying his accomplishments. But lord help anyone else who tries to do so!

Earlier today The Port Charlotte Stone Crabs, the high-A affiliate for the Tampa Bay Rays, announced “A-Rod Juice Box Night,” in which the first 500 fans would get a juice box. Written on the side of the box: “The Sports Drink,” “100% Juiced,” and “Side Affects include: tainted records, inflated ego, omission from the Hall of Fame, and more!” The ad, which was part of a now-deleted tweet, looked like this:


A laugh? I suppose. But even if it’s not exactly hilarious or particularly timely, it’s probably pretty harmless all things considered. The Yankees, however, did not agree:

Only the Yankees and the reporters to whom they give anonymous quotes are allowed to remind people of Alex Rodriguez’s drug history. Anyone else who does it will get a stern talking-to.

Cardinals sign pitcher Miles Mikolas to 3-year, $55.75M deal

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ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas is sticking with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The right-hander signed a three-year, $55.75 million contract on Friday that will carry through the 2025 season.

The new deal replaces a $68 million, four-year contract signed in February 2019 that covered the 2020-23 seasons and was set to pay $15.75 million this year.

Mikolas will receive a $5 million signing bonus payable July 1 and will make $18.75 million in 2023 and $16 million in each of the following two seasons. Mikolas can earn a $250,000 bonus for winning a Cy Young Award, $50,000 for All-Star election or selection or winning a Gold Glove, $100,000 for League Championship Series MVP and $150,000 for World Series MVP.

Mikolas is scheduled to make the second opening-day start of his big league career next Thursday when the Cardinals host Toronto. Mikolas went 12-13 with a 3.29 ERA last season while helping St. Louis to the NL Central title.

“Miles stands among the top pitchers in the game today, and has continued to provide a steady presence for us both in the rotation and inside the clubhouse,” St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement.

Mikolas is 45-40 with a 3.79 in 143 games with San Diego, Texas and St. Louis. He recently pitched six shutout innings in two appearances for the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic.