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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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Yankees’ Luis Severino Alters Diet to Improve Late-Season Energy

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New York Yankees pitcher Luis Severino will be entering an important season as he tries to prove that he is a legit ace for a team that bolstered it’s starting rotation this offseason.

And that means a change in his diet.

Severino has altered his diet, cutting a number of snacks, including his favorite twice-fried plantains, out of his diet in an effort to avoid late-season fatigue.

“It’s not easy, it’s tough” Severino said, according to ESPN’s Coley Harvey.

“When you are at the finish line and you feel like you need a little bit more than five days to be ready, you know that something’s going on,” Severino said.

Severino made the decision to change his diet following the Yankees’ Divisional Series lost to World Series Champions the Boston Red Sox.

“Even though I feel like he was certainly healthy, he probably dealt with some fatigue issues with being a young pitcher in this league, and for the second consecutive year kind of getting around that 200-inning standpoint,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.

“But in a lot of ways, we saw the normal progression of a young star pitcher. And even though he had some struggles in the second half, he had some flashes where he pitched really well for us, righted the ship a little bit.”

Severino still could be the starter on Opening Day.

“I would say there’s a very good chance of that,” Boone said. “We hadn’t had those kind of conversations exactly yet. But my expectation is that he would be that guy.”

Severino noted that the diet change was hard.

“I hate eating vegetables,” Severino said.


Where I came from, we just eat anything we see in the fridge, fried and fast food,” Severino said. “But we’re eating more vegetables and stuff like that, and get your body going faster and then recover fast. So that’s my main stuff, focusing on my workouts and avoiding doing a lot of weights that maybe make me a lot more tired.”

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Yankees Keeping Tabs on Manny Machado

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Don’t completely count the New York Yankees out of the Manny Machado sweepstakes just yet, because they are simply playing the waiting game.

According to SNY.tv’s Andy Martino, the Yankees are keeping tabs on Machado with the hopes that a golden opportunity arises.

While they aren’t interested in Machado at shortstop, they would play him at third base and move Miguel Andujar to first base should they be able to haul in Machado.

While nothing is imminent, and even though the report states that a deal is unlikely, there is no counting the Yankees out of it just yet as Spring Training approaches.

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Athletics Sign Brett Anderson

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The Oakland Athletics have agreed to terms with left hander Brett Anderson, according to the San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser.

Anderson is taking a physical on Tuesday.

Anderson pitched to the tune of a 4.48 ERA for the A’s last season.

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