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Brock Holt dumps on Taco Bell’s World Series promotion

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This year, as it has done for the last several years, Taco Bell ran a promotion in which, if a player steals a base in the World Series, everyone in the country gets a free taco. Last night Mookie Betts stole a base in the first inning getting things out of the way pretty early. If you want your free taco, make a run for the border on November 1 between 2PM and 6PM.

I think that’s pretty cool, as free tacos are about the greatest thing there is. Not everyone agrees, however. Including one of the players in the World Series, Brock Holt of the Red Sox. His lack of Taco Bell fandom was revealed when he was asked about Betts’ stolen base last night by Masslive.com:

“I haven’t eaten Taco Bell in probably 10 years, so yeah, I’ll probably stay away from the free taco. I’ll let everyone else get it.”

He said it’d be different if it was Chipotle, though, which he and his family are really into:

“I would have to take my son there, because he loves Chipotle. He crushes it. So he’s 2-years-old and he eats a whole Chipotle bowl by himself. So I would have to give him my free Chipotle.”

But no Taco Bell, Brock?

“But yeah, Taco Bell, I’m going to stay away from Taco Bell. You’ll end up on the toilet all night.”

If that’s his experience, OK, but I’m personally slack-jawed imagining what a diaper looks like after a toddler houses a whole Chipotle bowl. The mind reels.

Anyway, I expect the Red Sox clubhouse will get a nice little memo this afternoon imploring the players not to speak ill of the sponsoring brands.

Rays place Austin Meadows on 10-day injured list with thumb sprain

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Rays outfielder Austin Meadows has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb sprain, per a team announcement Sunday. No concrete timetable has been given for his return to the lineup just yet, but he’s scheduled to meet with a hand specialist on Sunday as the Rays try to determine the extent of his injury.

Meadows, 23, suffered the sprain in the seventh inning of Saturday’s 6-5 loss to the Red Sox. He lined a two-run triple into the right-center field gap — one of a franchise-record four triples that the Rays recorded in the game — but slid awkwardly into third base and jammed his right thumb in the process. He didn’t appear to be in obvious pain following the hit, however, nor was he removed from the game at the time.

Prior to the setback, Meadows carried a hefty .351/.422/.676 batting line with six homers, 19 RBI, and a 1.097 OPS through his first 83 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by Guillermo Heredia in right field for Sunday’s series finale and will likely lose a few starts to Avisaíl García as well.

In a series of corresponding moves, right-handed reliever Jake Faria was optioned to Triple-A Durham, infielder/outfielder Andrew Velazquez and righty reliever Emilio Pagán were recalled from Triple-A, and reliever Hunter Wood was placed on the paternity list. Second baseman Joey Wendle was also reinstated from the 10-day injured list after rehabbing a left hamstring strain and is scheduled take over the keystone during the Rays’ matinee against the Red Sox on Sunday.