Sergio Romo barks at Michael Taylor after final out in Nats-Rays game, benches clear

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Last night the Washington Nationals got dominated by Blake Snell and the Tampa Bay Rays, losing 11-0. Momentum, they say, is your next day’s starting pitcher, and at noon today that pitcher was Max Scherzer, so things looked pretty good for Washington all things considered.

Scherzer did his part — he gave up only one run on a first inning fielder’s choice in seven innings of work — but it wasn’t enough. The Rays shut out the Nationals once again and won the game 1-0.

Nathan Eovaldi tossed six shutout innings allowing only one hit and the bullpen only gave up two hits in its three innings. Nats batters struck out 12 times, running their scoreless innings streak to 18. The Nats are on a pretty uninspiring stretch of baseball these days and, pending the Braves-Reds game tonight, sit in third place in the NL East, 4.5 games back of the Braves.

Not that the Rays covered themselves in glory. Sergio Romo came into the game in the ninth and, after recording an out, faced Michael A. Taylor with two down. Romo struck Taylor out — ending the game — but then walked toward him barking and taunting him, leading to the benches clearing, though no punches were thrown.

This was no doubt Romo’s effort at retaliation for Taylor stealing a base against Romo and the Rays on June sixth, when the Nats had a big lead. Which is an idiotic thing for Romo to fill his diaper over, but Baseball Veterans Who Get Off On Going About Their Business The Right Way are gonna Baseball Veterans Who Get Off On Going About Their Business The Right Way. Thank GOD you put that horrible self-promoting punk, uh, Michael A. Taylor in his place. Wait, Michael A. Taylor is about as much of a baby faced schoolboy as there in the game. Maybe Romo is a just a jerk?

 

Yeah, I’d say so.

Anyway, maybe this will light a fire under the Nationals somehow. Something’s gotta.

Source: Aaron Judge, Yankees reach $360M, 9-year deal

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SAN DIEGO (AP) — Aaron Judge has agreed to return to the New York Yankees on a $360 million, nine-year contract, according to a person familiar with the deal.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday because the deal had not been announced.

Judge will earn $40 million per season, the highest average annual payout for a position player. The contract trails only Mike Trout’s $426.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels and Mookie Betts’ $365 million pact with the Los Angeles Dodgers for biggest in baseball history.

Judge was offered a long-term deal by New York before last season that was worth $213.5 million over seven years from 2023-29. But he turned it down in the hours before opening day in April.

The 6-foot-7 Judge bet on himself — and won.

Judge set an American League record with 62 homers in 2022, powering the Yankees to the AL East title. He also tied for the major league lead with 131 RBIs and just missed a Triple Crown with a .311 batting average.

New York was swept by Houston in the AL Championship Series, but Judge became the first AL MVP for the Yankees since Alex Rodriguez in 2007.

Judge, 30, was selected by New York in the first round of the 2013 amateur draft and made his big league debut in 2016, homering in his first at-bat.

A year later, he was one of baseball’s breakout stars. He hit .284 with 52 homers and 114 RBIs in 2017, winning the AL Rookie of the Year award. The four-time All-Star has 220 homers and 497 RBIs in seven big league seasons.