The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was hurt on his second-to-last pitch in Sunday's exhibition game against the New York Mets. He had an MRI on Monday and was diagnosed with a strained latissimus dorsi muscle.
The Red Sox acquired Alex Verdugo and two prospects in the deal but they have already achieved their biggest offseason goal: Ditching more than $70 million in salary to get under baseball's collective bargaining tax threshold.
Mayor Rick Kriseman informed the City Council of the decision, saying he and the team agree the best path forward is to abide by a existing contract that requires the Rays to play at Tropicana Field. The Rays dispute that's the best path, reiterating they still think the Sister City concept is a viable option.
In his two seasons in Boston, the 32-year-old slugger has averaged just short of 40 homers and 118 RBIs, along with a .317 average and .985 OPS. He was fourth, behind teammate Mookie Betts, in the AL MVP voting in 2018, when the Red Sox won a franchise-record 108 games and the World Series.
The Washington Nationals and the Houston Astros are playing in the World Series with the fifth game scheduled for Sunday in Washington but if the Nationals pull off the sweep, the game will not happen.
Before many fans had reached their seats, the Cardinals were already booking their plans for the NL Championship Series, where they will face either the Los Angeles Dodgers or the Washington Nationals in a best-of-seven set beginning Friday. Those teams were meeting in their own Game 5 at Dodger Stadium. It will be St. Louis' first NLCS trip since 2014.
Diaz hit a leadoff homer and went deep again in the third inning. Avisail Garcia hit a two-run drive in the second, and Morton had all the support he needed as Tampa Bay advanced to face the AL West champion Astros in a best-of-five Division Series after Houston won a major league-best 107 games this season.
Tim Anderson became the third Chicago White Sox player to win an American League batting title, finishing at .335 after going 0 for 2 in a season-ending 5-3 win over the worst-in-the-majors Detroit Tigers
The Tigers are last in the majors with a 46-112 record. The White Sox are 70-88 and in third place in the AL Central. Friday's doubleheader was scheduled after a July 2 game in Chicago was postponed by rain.
After the first series in American League history between teams in 50 or more games under .500, Detroit (45-104) has a 3 1/2 game "lead" over Baltimore (49-101) for the top pick in June's amateur draft, which goes to the club with the lowest winning percentage this season.
Sean Manaea matched his career high by striking out 10 in his second start following shoulder surgery, and the Oakland Athletics beat Detroit 3-1 to give the Tigers their first 100-loss season since 2003
Cleveland is now 14-1 against the last-place Tigers this year, and that's a big reason the Indians are firmly in the postseason hunt. They began the day 3 1/2 games behind AL Central-leading Minnesota.
The Athletic reported Tuesday that team owner David Glass was in discussions with a group led by Kansas City native and Cleveland Indians vice chairman John Sherman. But the depth of those discussions is unclear, and one person told the AP that the club has been open to offers for some time.
Ji-Man Choi had a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth as the Tampa Bay Rays overcame a late three-run deficit to beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 on Sunday. Tommy Pham hit a two-run homer in the eighth that pulled the Rays within 4-3.