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Blue Jays plate three runs vs. Johnny Cueto to take lead in ALCS Game 3

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UPDATE: The Royals plated one run in the top of the third inning on an Eric Hosmer fielder’s choice, so the Blue Jays lead 3-2 going into the bottom of the third inning.

8:56 p.m. ET: After being shut down in the bottom of the first inning, the Blue Jays got to Johnny Cueto in the bottom of the second inning to take a 3-1 lead in Game 3 of the ALCS at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Troy Tulowitzki got the rally started with a one-out single. It snapped Cueto’s streak of 24 straight batters without a hit. Russell Martin was then hit in the left elbow by a pitch before Kevin Pillar grounded into a fielder’s choice for an out at second base. Pillar stole second base without a throw before Ryan Goins singled into left field to plate two runs. Pillar got a face-full of dirt on his slide into home plate, which was just ahead of the tag from Salvador Perez.

The Blue Jays weren’t done there, as Ben Revere drew a walk before Josh Donaldson singled to left to drive in the third run of the inning. Cueto managed to get Jose Bautista to fly out to right field to escape further damage.

Cueto has already thrown 50 pitches through his first two innings of work tonight.

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.