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MLB investigating Dr. Lorena Martin’s accusations against Mariners

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In case you missed it last night, Dr. Lorena Martin, who was recently let go as the Mariners’ director of high performance, took to Instagram to accuse members of the team’s front office of making racist comments against foreign-born players.

The Mariners responded, denying Dr. Martin’s claims, calling them “false” and “outrageous.”

It was mot going to end with a she-said, they said, of course, and today Major League Baseball announced that it is wading in. Via Ken Rosenthal:

MLB is aware of the allegations made by a former employee of the Seattle Mariners regarding the conduct of Club employees. Consistent with our policies, we are investigating the allegations.

To be continued.

Masahiro Tanaka throws two-hit shutout vs. Rays

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.

DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.

After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.

With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.