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    Trevor Bauer (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images) Trevor Bauer channeled Conor McGregor on the mound after strikeout. Cincinnati Reds pitcher, Trevor Bauer, channeled one of the UFC’s biggest stars on Sunday when he mimicked Conor McGregor’s classic strut after striking out Detroit Tigers’ Grayson Greiner. Trevor Bauer, Conor McGregor K Strut. pic.twitter.com/y3LDhAje11 — Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) August 2, 2020 The moment is reminiscent of the way McGregor walks into the Octagon before he fights. For those not familiar, McGregor is easily the most recognized MMA fighter of all-time having been the first to even become a champion of two divisions at the same time. He’s currently retired from fighting but still in the forefront of many minds.There are other similarities...
    Major League Baseball is giving teams the option to have "Black Lives Matter" stenciled on the pitcher's mound before games during its opening weekend. The shortened 60-game MLB season opens Thursday evening, with the defending World Series champions, the Washington Nationals, hosting the New York Yankees. Officials with the Nationals said they will stencil "BLM" on the pitcher's mound during this weekend's games. "The Nationals, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, stand with the Black Lives Matter movement and will utilize the platform and national stage of Opening Day to express support for the fight against systemic racism and injustice," the team said in a statement Wednesday. All teams hosting games this weekend will also be given...
    Rich Hill had already had Tommy John surgery. A second Tommy John would cost the veteran valuable time — time he didn’t want to lose. And so the starter took an educated, well-researched leap of faith. Hill, now 40, underwent a primary repair surgery last offseason to repair a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. The idea was that the surgery, which is far newer, would cut down on his recovery time. It did. A global pandemic notwithstanding, things have been smooth sailing for Hill since. Hill was originally scheduled to join the Twins’ rotation in early June. Now, he’s on track to be a member of the rotation when the season begins in late July,...
    NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 04: Masahiro Tanaka #19 of the New York Yankees is checked after he was hit by a batted ball during summer workouts at Yankee Stadium on July 04, 2020 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) It’s long overdue for pitchers to wear protective gear.Masahiro Tanaka getting hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton was a freak accident that we don’t see often, yet it still happens way too much. A hard comebacker to the mound is one of the scariest parts of baseball, let alone all sports. With technology giving us exit velocity off the bat that is meant to attract...
    New York — Masahiro Tanaka is treated after the violent blow to the head. Photo:Elsa / . The enthusiasm that began to be experienced these days by the restart of training for the Major Leagues suddenly froze in Yankee Stadium this Saturday. In the middle of simulated Yankees game, the stellar Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka received a violent blow to the right side of the head powered by a line hitter Giancarlo Stanton. It happened in Yankees training! The Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka walked out, despite the strong impact he received after a hit from Giancarlo Stanton. pic.twitter.com/xZBZIH6jBh – SportsCenter (@SC_ESPN) July 4, 2020 The blow was brutal: Tanaka was knocked to the ground...