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Royals fight back with five-run seventh to take the lead in ALCS Game 2

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The Royals finally got to Blue Jays starter David Price, rallying for five runs in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 2 of the ALCS to take a 5-3 lead. The inning started with a miscommunication between right fielder Jose Bautista and second baseman Ryan Goins, allowing a Ben Zobrist pop-up to fall in for a hit to start the frame.

Lorenzo Cain then singled, and Eric Hosmer followed up with a single of his own to bring in Zobrist. Kendrys Morales plated Cain with a ground out for run number two. Mike Moustakas brought in the tying run with a single to right field, scoring Hosmer. Salvador Perez struck out, but Alex Gordon pushed across the go-ahead run with a line drive double to right-center, chasing Price from the game in the process. Reliever Aaron Sanchez allowed an RBI single up the middle to Alex Rios before getting Alcides Escobar to ground out to shortstop, ending the inning at long last.

Price entered the inning having retired 18 batters in a row — a Blue Jays record — going all the way back to the first batter of the game. His final line: 6.2 IP, 5 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 8 K on 96 pitches.

The Royals’ bullpen will need to keep the Jays off the board for two more innings if they want to take a 2-0 series lead.

Blake Snell becomes client of Boras Corporation

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Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.

Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”

Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.

Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.