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Wander Franco drives in 3 as Rays beat Blue Jays 10-5

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Wander Franco had three RBIs, Jonathan Aranda hit a homer and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 10-5 Thursday night in the opener of a great four-game series between playoff contenders.

Randy Arozarena had three hits and drove in two carries for the Rays, who came off a three-game streak in which they were swept by Houston and scored just two goals.

Tampa Bay (83-67) drew in one game against Toronto (84-66) for the top AL wildcard spot. Seattle (82-67) is third, four games ahead of Baltimore.

Whit Merrifield scored twice for Toronto and Teoscar Hernández also went deep. José Berríos (11-6) was tagged for six carries and seven hits in two innings.

Manuel Margot’s infield RBI single and run-scoring hits from Franco and Arozarena gave the Rays a 6-3 lead in the second.

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Franco added a two-run double during the Rays’ fourth run.

Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash decided that Ryan Yarbrough (3-8) should replace opener JT Chargois to start the second and hit two hitters with some career success against the left-hander.

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Hernández hit a leadoff homer, his seventh in 34 at-bats against Yarbrough. An out later, Merrifield connected it with his solo shot at 3, giving him seven hits, including two home runs, in nine at-bats against the left-hander.

Merrifield added a two-run drive in the ninth.

Yarbrough left in the third with discomfort down the right.

Garrett Cleavinger replaced Yarbrough and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings before Shawn Armstrong, Brooks Raley and Colin Poche came together for three hitless innings.

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Aranda scored on the second pitch from Berríos in a three-barrel first run. Arozarena hit a run-scoring double, went for third with a toss to the plate and hit on a wild pitch.

Toronto’s Bo Bichette hit a double in the first heat that gave him 24 RBIs in 21 games in September.

CATCH THE GAME

Rays Radio play-by-play man Andy Freed caught a foulball from Toronto’s George Springer in a net that the broadcasters keep in their box during the seventh game.

MANOAH MAGIC

The Blue Jays field right-hander Alek Manoah (14-7. 2.40 ERA) to start the final game of the regular season or a possible wildcard opener.

Interim manager John Schneider would use Manoah when it came to home advantage.

“I think there could be nothing better than playing in front of our fans in the postseason after the last few years (affected by the pandemic),” said Schneider. “We weren’t there what the world and country has been going through.”

COME AND GO

Ray’s right-hander Kevin Herget, who made his big-league debut on Sept. 13 after a decade in the minors, was earmarked for action.

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Infielder/outfielder Miles Mastrobuoni was selected by Triple-A Durham after seven years in the minors and a few weeks after his brother’s wedding.

“It’s been an eventful month for our family,” Mastrobuoni said.

TRAINING ROOM

Blue Jays: OF Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (left hamstring) does baseball activities and could start running soon. … INF Santiago Espinal (left diagonal) went to the IL.

Rays: Ace Shane McClanahan (neck stiffness) had a bullpen session and is due to start Sunday. … 3B Yandy Díaz (left shoulder) got a cortisone shot. … Cash said 2B Brandon Lowe (back) is still in pain, but it’s not known if that was from the injury or a recent shot.

NEXT

Rays LHP Jeffrey Springs (9-4) starts Friday night. Toronto has not announced its starter.

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Dejan Kulusevski in doubt for Tottenham’s North London derby after hamstring injury

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Athletic say Tottenham could be without Swedish star Dejan Kulusevski for the north London derby against Arsenal after the winger suffered a hamstring injury. The 22-year-old has been one of the club’s standout stars this season, contributing 4 goals in seven league games.

With Tottenham and arsenal The season started relatively well and fans were very excited to see both sides play each other in the north London derby. This is especially true as only one point separates the two teams, although Arsenal were beaten Manchester United. But while the Gunners are reportedly nearing a fully fit squad of players, reports had suggested Tottenham would be without Dejan Kulusevski.

But while there’s no confirmation, the Athletic have revealed the Sweden international is in doubt for the north London derby and could miss a few more games for Spurs. This came after Kulusevski reportedly injured his hamstring during the international match with Sweden, despite being present in the 4-1 defeat by Serbia and the 1-1 draw with Slovenia. The report has revealed that the club’s medical staff are keeping a close eye on the forward, although they don’t want to rush into anything.

The 22-year-old has been one of Tottenham’s brightest stars, as only this season Harry Kane and Heung-Min Son have scored more goals in the Premier League than Kulusevski’s four. With Son back on form from his hat-trick just before the international break, Spurs have finally found their groove, although the Athletic have gone on to report that Richarlison’s form for Brazil means the club have options should Kulusevski not get fit in time.

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Mikey Musumeci says he hasn’t taken a single day off ‘in three months’

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Mikey Musumeci is in Singapore and ready to do a very important task this weekend: eat pizza. But before he does that, the man named “Darth Rigatoni” has another very important task ahead of him.

At ONE on Prime Video 2, Musumeci will enter the circle for the second time in what will be the biggest match of his career to date.

Mikey Musumeci meets the Brazilian Grappler Clever Sousa in US primetime to crown the first-ever ONE Flyweight Submission Grappling World Champion. Ready to seize the moment, Mikey Musumeci revealed on the ONE on Prime Video 2 press conference that he had not taken a single day off in the last three months.

“I’m here in Singapore to do two things – do jiu-jitsu and eat pizza. And pizzerias only open after the game. So I’m here to do Jiu-Jitsu with Cleber, he’s amazing. I’ve worked so hard preparing for this match and I’m so ready. I haven’t taken a day off in about three months so I’m so ready for this match.”

In his first ONE Championship appearance, the New Jersey native earned an impressive submission from grappling icon Masakazu Imanari, scoring a submission in just over four minutes.

The five-time IBJJF World Champion has 58 career wins in the world of submission grappling. He will be looking for win number 59 on September 30th.


Mikey Musumeci believes the ONE Championship Submission Grappling rules bring out the best in competitors

Always innovating, ONE Championship reintroduced the world to submission grappling at the ONE X event celebrating the 10th anniversary of the promotion. Since then, the promotion has signed a slew of incredible submission grappling superstars and developed a ruleset that encourages submissions over survival.

Mikey Musumeci shared his thoughts on the ONE Championship ruleset, saying:

“It’s just a straight fight between two guys trying to kill each other with submissions. I have a feeling this format will bring out the best version of Cleber. And it should bring out the best version of me because it’s just an attack.”

The biggest difference between ONE Championship’s submission grappling and what you would see in a typical BJJ competition is the emphasis on submissions and submission attempts.

Within the circle, Submission Grappling matches have a single 12-minute round, with the only way to win being by tapping or napping. However, if no submission is made by the time limit, the contestant with the most submission attempts will be declared the winner.

No points. No decisions. The man who puts his opponent in the greatest danger emerges victorious.




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Roger Federer Retirement: Tennis legend Roger Federer recently ended his illustrious 24-year playing career by making an emotional bid…

Roger Federer’s resignation: Tennis legend Roger Federer recently ended his illustrious 24-year playing career with an emotional farewell at the Laver Cup. The 41-year-old, who is considered one of the greatest players to grace the game, shared a witty post on his Instagram account about how it wasn’t a fairytale ending, teaching a very valuable lesson. Follow tennis news and LIVE updates on InsideSport.IN

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Federer, who has been out of action for more than a year since Wimbledon 2021 while recovering from knee surgery, announced his decision to retire from tennis just days before the Laver Cup, saying the tournament would be his last event on the ATP Tour in his career.

He then decided to only play doubles on the first day of the tournament, teaming up with his longtime rival and friend Rafael Nadal. The dream couple played against Jack Sock and Frances Tiafoe from Team World. It wasn’t a fairy tale ending for Federer as he and Nadal lost the match. In the days that followed, Federer sat on the bench with his Team Europe colleagues and gave valuable input. However, Team Europe lost the tournament for the first time as Team World won the title.

Federer shared his thoughts on the retirement and shared some of his memorable moments from this year’s Laver Cup on his Instagram account on Thursday, writing: “We all hope for a fairytale ending. Here’s how I felt: I lost my last singles, lost my last doubles, lost my last team event, lost my voice during the week, lost my job.

Roger Federer Retirement: LOST but WON, FedEx pleased with PERFECT goodbye despite illustrious career having no fairy tale ending, Check OUT
Roger Federer Retirement: LOST but WON, FedEx pleased with PERFECT goodbye despite illustrious career having no fairy tale ending, Check OUT

However, he was delighted with the perfect farewell, writing: “Even so, my retirement couldn’t have been more perfect and I’m so happy with how it all turned out. So don’t think too much about that perfect ending, yours will always be awesome in your own way.”

He played his last singles match in Wimbledon in 2021, where he lost to Hubert Hurkacz in the quarterfinals. Despite not having a perfect endgame, Federer was the first man on the planet to win 20 Grand Slam titles and created his own legacy in the Tennis’ Open era.

It was a farewell never seen before as Federer has had players like Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray with whom he has shared some major rivalries in his career. All four players were collectively referred to as the “Big Four” and all were with Federer in his last match and played on the same team. Despite being rivals on the pitch for a long time, Federer had a great relationship with each of them and each of them gave him an emotional and fitting farewell, celebrating the person he is and his career that the sporting world would never forget .

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