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Cardinals trade Tommy Pham to the Rays

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Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that the St. Louis Cardinals have traded Tommy Pham to the Tampa Bay Rays. He says that Genesis Cabrera, Justin Williams and Roel Ramirez are headed to St. Louis. The Rays are also expected to receive international bonus money in the deal.

Pham, 30, is hitting .248/.331/.399 this year. It’s a disappointment following his outstanding 2018 season in which he hit .306/.411/.520 with 23 homers and garnered some MVP votes. A change of scenery may do him some good while also freeing up playing time for Harrison Bader in the Cardinals’ outfield rotation which has been somewhat unsettled for most of the season.

Cabrera is a 21-year-old pitcher, currently in Double-A. Williams is an outfielder, originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second round in 2013. He’s played in one big league game and is currently batting .258/.313/.376 at Triple-A Durham. Ramirez is a righty, currently plying his trade in high-A ball.

George Springer sets record with homer in fifth consecutive World Series game

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Astros outfielder George Springer has set another postseason home run record. He swatted a solo home run off of Nationals reliever Tanner Rainey to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning, reducing the Nationals’ lead to 5-3. It marked his fifth consecutive World Series game with a home run, breaking a tie with Reggie Jackson and Lou Gehrig to set a new record, per MLB.com’s Sarah Langs.

Springer homered in Games 4 through 7 in the 2017 World Series against the Dodgers. The Astros, of course, ultimately won the series to earn the franchise’s first championship.

Springer hadn’t had the best showing in the 2019 playoffs, as he entered Tuesday’s action batting .152/.235/.283 across 51 plate appearances.