Matt Carpenter pledges $10,000 for each home run to Houston relief efforts

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The water is still rising in some places in Houston and rescue efforts still continue after the historic amounts of rainfall dropped by Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. Soon efforts will more fully turn to relief and recovery. Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals has turned his attention to that already:

Expect other players, as well as clubs, join in such efforts, following on Carpenter’s example. UPDATE: MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association announced today that the parties will jointly donate $1 million to various relief efforts for the damage throughout the state of Texas created by Hurricane Harvey, including to the American Red Cross.

Such efforts are small in the grand scheme — this is an epic level disaster — but every bit helps. If you’d like to do a little bit, you can you can text “Harvey” to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross’ relief efforts. Or, if you’d like to look at some other charities in need of assistance as they address the aftermath of Harvey, here’s a good starting point:

Marcus Stroman: Blue Jays are “f– terrible”

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Blue Jays starter Marcus Stroman strugged in Sunday afternoon’s start against the Red Sox, yielding four runs (three earned) over five innings. He fell to 2-7 with a 5.86 ERA. The Jays dropped three of four games to the Sox in the series and now sit with a 43-52 record heading into the All-Star break.

Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun reports that while Stroman was initially cool, calm, and collected when speaking to the media after the game, he eventually snapped. Stroman was asked by a reporter about breaking into professional baseball with short-season Single-A Vancouver in 2012. Stroman yelled at the reporter, noting that his team had just lost to the Red Sox, and called his team “f– terrible.” Keegan Matheson’s account of the situation lines up with Buffery’s as well.

Prior to the outburst, Stroman had just praised his teammates, saying, “My team picks me up a ton. They pick me up all year. I should be able to pitch better in times like that when my team doesn’t have my back. Because they’ve had my back a ton of times. So, love my guys on my team and like I said, I would go to war with them any day.”

Stroman will have off until Friday, so hopefully the time off helps him clear his mind. It has understandably been a frustrating season in Toronto.