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Troy Tulowitzki powers Blue Jays past Rangers in ALDS Game 3, avoiding elimination


Troy Tulowitzki‘s three-run home run gave the Blue Jays all the breathing room they needed to stave off elimination in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Rangers at Globe Life Park on Sunday night. Tulowitzki had drawn a bases-loaded walk to push the Jays’ lead to 2-0 before ripping a Chi Chi Gonzalez offering on a line over the fence in left field in the sixth inning, making it 5-0. He finished 2-for-3 with four RBI on the night.

Blue Jays starter Marco Estrada shut the Rangers out over the first six innings, but ran into a bit of a pickle in the seventh, allowing back-to-back one-out singles to Elvis Andrus and Josh Hamilton before departing. Lefty Aaron Loup relieved him, allowing one of the inherited runners to score on an 6-3 ground out. Mark Lowe got the final out of the seventh, striking out Robinson Chirinos. Estrada ultimately allowed just the one run on five hits and no walks while striking out four in 6 1/3 innings.

Jays reliever Aaron Sanchez got two ground outs and a strikeout in a 1-2-3 eighth inning. Roberto Osuna took the mound in the ninth and retired the Rangers in 1-2-3 order to preserve the 5-1 victory.

Rangers starter Martin Perez was on the hook for four runs in total on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts in five innings of work. Gonzalez was charged with only the one run on Tulowitzki’s homer, tossing 1 2/3 innings. Ross Ohlendorf pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings following Gonzalez. Shawn Tolleson tossed a scoreless eighth inning.

The ALDS will continue on Monday, with Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey opposing Rangers lefty Derek Holland at 4:00 PM EDT. The Blue Jays will once again need to win to stave off elimination. If they do, the series will return to Toronto with a do-or-die game for both teams.

Nike Swoosh to appear on the front off every uniform in 2020


SAN DIEGO — We knew as of last January that this was coming — and the new uniform designs teams like the Padres, Brewers and Rangers have released in the past few weeks have shown it — but today the images were all released: all 30 teams will wear jerseys with the Nike Swoosh prominently placed on the front starting in the 2020 season.

The move is the result of the deal in which Nike has taken took over from Majestic Athletic as Major League Baseball’s uniform supplier. While Majestic’s logo had long appeared on MLB uniforms — they were making BP jerseys as early as 1982 and were the exclusive game uniform supplier for the past 14 years — that little M had appeared on the sleeve.

The Nike Swoosh, however, is a lot more prominent:

You can see all 30 of them here.

They aren’t all that bothersome on most uniform styles, particularly the newer and busier ones. But to my eyes the Swoosh is a desecration of the more classic, cleaner uniforms like the Yankees, Dodgers, and Tigers as shown above. Yeah, that’s some traditionalism on my part talking — OK, a LOT of traditionalism on my part talking — but it does, objectively, throw off the balance that some of the better uniform designs have long had.

Not that anyone is gonna do anything about it. That ship sailed long ago and the money has already been put in the bank. And, yes, like most things along these lines we’ll likely all get used to this pretty quickly. By May someone will likely have to remind me that I was pissed off about this here in December. I’ll grant that this is a me issue.

Still, at some point down the road, someone at Major League Baseball is going to broach the idea of advertisements on uniforms and a lot of people are going to get angry about it. When they do, I hope you’ll remind them that we’ve already got prominent advertisements on jerseys. We Just Did It.