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Francisco Liriano diagnosed with concussion following knock in ALDS


Francisco Liriano exited Game 2 of the Blue Jays-Rangers ALDS on Friday when a Carlos Gomez comebacker struck him in the head. He was taken to a local hospital to undergo tests and has been diagnosed with a mild concussion, per’s Gregor Chisholm.

The good news? There’s no structural damage, and while Liriano remains day-to-day for the time being, a return to the playoffs has not yet been ruled out by the Blue Jays. Manager John Gibbons can also opt to replace Liriano on the postseason roster should the left-hander’s recovery period extend past the end of October.

The Blue Jays also received the test results for second baseman Devon Travis, who was scratched prior to Friday’s game with right knee irritation. A MRI revealed a bone bruise, but like Liriano, there was no structural damage to indicate any kind of lasting damage.

The Jays are set to host the Rangers for Game 3 of the ALDS on Sunday at 7:30 PM EDT. Toronto currently leads the series, 2-0.

Anthony Rendon explains why he didn’t go to the White House

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Today the Angels introduced their newest big star, Anthony Rendon, who just signed a seven-year, $245 million contract to play in Orange County.

And it is Orange County, not Los Angeles, Rendon stressed at the press conference. When asked about the Dodgers, who had also been reported to be courting him, Rendon said he preferred the Angels because, “the Hollywood lifestyle . . . didn’t seem like it would be a fit for us as a family.”

What “the Hollywood Lifestyle” means in that context could mean a lot of things I suppose. It could be about the greater media scrutiny Dodgers players are under compared to Angels players. It could mean that he’d simply prefer to live in Newport Beach than, I dunno, wherever Dodgers players live. Pasadena? Pasadena is more convenient to Dodger Stadium than the beach. Who knows. They never did let Yasiel Puig get that helicopter he wanted, so traffic could’ve been a consideration.

But maybe it’s a subtle allusion to political/cultural stuff. Orange County has trended to the left in some recent elections but it is, historically speaking, a conservative stronghold in Southern California. And, based on something else he said in his press conference, Rendon seems to be pretty conscious of geographical/political matters:

A shoutout to the notion of Texas being Trump country and an askance glance at “the Hollywood Lifestyle” of Los Angeles all in the same press conference. That’s a lot of culture war ground covered in one press conference. So much so that I can’t decide if I should warn Rendon that both Texas and Orange County are trending leftward or if I should tell him to stick to sports.