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Kyler Murray declares for NFL draft

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All of the big Kyler Murray news dropped last night. Upshot: the A’s and Major League Baseball tacitly admitted how much they under pay team-controlled players and made the damn nigh unprecedented move to at least consider paying a player what he’s worth to play baseball. Crazy!

Today there will likely be some more Murray news: he will likely declare for the NFL draft. If you’re someone who is super invested in him playing baseball, however, don’t freak out yet. Because, apparently, his declaration will not violate his current contract with the Athletics and he and they and everyone involved still has time to figure it all out. That from Susan Slusser via Jon Morosi.

Murray may, obviously, choose to play football when it’s all said and done, but a draft declaration today will not close the door on baseball. Rather, it’s an administrative requirement for football and, perhaps, an exercise of leverage with respect to baseball.

A minor leaguer with leverage. What strange and unprecedented times in which we live.

UPDATE: He’s done it:

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.