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Rays place Blake Snell on injured list with fractured toe

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The Rays announced on Tuesday that the club placed starter Blake Snell on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 14, due to a fractured right toe. The Rays selected the contract of pitcher Emilio Pagán from Triple-A Durham.

Per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times, Snell said he suffered the injury dropping something on his foot at home on Sunday night. He started on Saturday against the Blue Jays, tossing six shutout innings. Snell is expected to miss only one start.

Snell, 26, is the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner. He has been terrific to start the 2019 season, owning a 2.16 ERA with a 36/4 K/BB ratio in 25 innings. His 36 strikeouts leads all pitchers.

Pagán, 27, held the minor league opposition scoreless over six innings with 10 strikeouts and four walks to begin the year.

Grudge continues to fester between Braves, Marlins

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The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.

In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.

Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.

Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.