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Jays’ Marcus Stroman Returns To Long Island To Host Free Youth Clinic

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Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman was back where it all began Saturday morning, hosting a free youth baseball clinic on Long Island, New York.

Stroman, 26, is a Long Island native having attended Patchogue-Medford High School.

The clinic was organized by Pro Camps at Hofstra University, and was part of Major League Baseball’s “Players Going Home” program.

According to MLB.com, boys and girls ranging from first to eighth grade attended the clinic. Stroman discussed his path to the majors, his approach to baseball, the importance of education, among other subjects.

“Being from Long Island, this is home base,” said Stroman. “My family still lives here. This is where my roots are, this is where I’m from, this is where I was raised. So to be able to come back here and have this camp for kids that are in the same position I was in, it’s special.”

Stroman’s father Earl and mother Adlin Auffant attended the clinic.

The Jays’ righty is coming off his first career Gold Glove win, having been awarded the American League honor Tuesday night. MLB.com mentions Stroman talked about the pride he took in winning the award during the clinic, quoting him saying it was “the one award that I always really wanted.”

Stroman talked about what it meant to him:

“It’s surreal. Being surrounded by (Dave) Winfield, Reggie Jackson, (Derek) Jeter, Ozzie Smith, a bunch of greatness in one room. That only makes me want to work harder. Just to be in that, I’m extremely lucky, and blessed I had my whole family there. It was kind of an awesome accumulation, the (World Baseball Classic), throwing 200 innings this past year, and the hard work that not only myself but my whole family put into it.”

When it comes to positively impacting children using his platform as a professional athlete, Stroman’s on board 100%.

“I realize how big of a role I can have in their lives, how influential I could be. Just by coming out here, just keeping it casual, just being around them, just answering any crazy questions they have, or just throwing the ball with them. I love being around them and I realize how much that can do for their spirits and going forward.”

Stroman’s coming off his best overall season in 2017. In 33 games/starts, he went 13-9 with a 3.09 ERA (ninth best in AL), exceeding 200 innings for the second straight season.

Chris Archer of the Tampa Bay Rays was also giving back Saturday, helping run a Players Going Home clinic in his hometown of Clayton, North Carolina.

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Indians Activate Francisco Lindor, DFA Hanley Ramirez

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The Cleveland Indians have activated star shortstop Francisco Lindor from the injured list on Saturday.

In a corresponding move, the Indians have designated veteran Hanley Ramirez for assignment to create the necessary roster spot for the return of Lindor.

Ramirez, 35, appeared in 16 games this season for Cleveland, posting a slash line of .184/.298/.327 with two home runs.

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Red Sox Place Nathan Eovaldi On 10-Day IL

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The Boston Red Sox have placed starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list due to a loose body in his elbow, according to MassLive.com’s Crhsi Cotillo.

In a corresponding move, left hander Bobby Poyner will take Eovaldi’s spot on the roster and the move is retroactive to April 18th.

The struggling Red Sox will have to move forward without Eovaldi, who missed around 2 months last season following arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body, for the time being.

Eovaldi has started 4 games for Boston this season, going 0-0 and posting a 6.00 ERA in that span.

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Red Sox Call Up Top Prospect Chavis

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Top Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis was recalled for the first time on Friday.

With two infielders being placed on the DL and desperate for any kind of spark they can get, the Boston Red Sox called up their top prospect Michael Chavis (MLB no. 75) from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

Dustin Pedroia and Eduardo Nunez were both placed on the disabled list this week with knee and back injuries, respectively. And with super utility man Brock Holt out as well with an eye injury, Boston’s infield has become quite depleted in a hurry. Infielder Tzu-Wei Lin was recalled as well as the stumbling Red Sox open up a three game set in Tampa with a Good Friday matchup.

Boston hasn’t yet announced if Chavis will be in the lineup tonight, but the team is evidently hoping that the presence of the 23-year-old can provide some kind of a spark. Boston has struggled considerably so far in the young season and is coming off consecutive embarrassing losses to arch-rival New York. At 6-13, the defending World Series champs are dead last in the AL East.

Chavis, on the other hand, has risen through Boston’s minor league system quickly despite a setback last season. A PED suspension cost him half of 2018 after he was busted for Turinabol, an anabolic-androgenic steroid. He denied knowingly taking any banned substance but played well enough after his return to be promoted from Double-A to Triple-A.

Can Chavis provide a boost for the struggling Sox and help them shake off their World Series hangover?

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