Francisco Liriano leaves game after being hit in the head with a comebacker

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Blue Jays pitcher Francisco Liriano was pitching to former teammate and good friend Carlos Gomez of the Rangers in the eighth inning of this afternoon’s ALDS Game 2. Gomez hit a line drive right up the middle and it smacked into the back of Liriano’s head, ricocheting into right field.

Liriano didn’t even go to the ground — he initially appeared to just brush it off like it was a tennis ball or something — but he was taken out of the game nonetheless because you simply do not mess around with 98 m.p.h. line drives to someone’s head. Closer Roberto Osuna was called into the game to get out of the jam. At the time it was 5-2 with Rangers runners on the corners and one out.

Osuna allowed one run to score after inducing a groundout but then bore down and struck out Carlos Beltran to end the Rangers ‘rally. It’s 5-2 as we head to the ninth.

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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Veteran reliever Kenley Jansen agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal with the Boston Red Sox, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for the Atlanta Braves this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves.

The right-hander spent the previous 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.