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Troy Tulowitzki announces retirement after 13 seasons

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All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has decided to hang up his cleats.

Largely due to lingering leg and calf injuries that have plagued him over the past few seasons, the 34-year old shortstop announced his retirement via the New York Yankees on Thursday afternoon.

“For as long as I can remember, my dream was to compete at the highest level as a Major League Baseball player … to wear a big league uniform and play hard for my teammates and the fans. I will forever be grateful for every day that I’ve had to live out my dream. It has been an absolute honor.” said Tulowitzki in a statement

“I will always look back with tremendous gratitude for having the privilege of playing as long as I did. There is no way to truly express my gratitude to the fans of Colorado, Toronto and New York. They always made my family and I feel so welcome.”

Tulowitzki posted a .290 batting average, .361 on-base percentage, .856 OPS, 225 homers and 780 RBI over 13 combined seasons and 1291 regular season games with the Colorado Rockies, Toronto Blue Jays and Yankees.

He ends his career as a five-time MLB All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger Award winner, two- time Gold Glove Award winner and with the record for career fielding percentage as a shortstop at .985.

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Braves looking to add Adeiny Hechavarria

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The Atlanta Braves are in need of some infield depth, and looking at a veteran to help them out.

According to reports, the team is considering adding Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to their roster in the near future.

The 30-year old has spent the 2019 MLB season with the New York Mets, posting a .204 batting average, .611 OPS, five homers and 18 RBI in 60 games. He was released from his contract on Wednesday.

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Twins slugger Nelson Cruz listed as day to day with left wrist strain

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Couldn’t have picked a worse time for this to happen.

Narrowly holding onto a 1 game lead in the AL Central, the Minnesota Twins have found out that they might be without their best hitter for a period of time.

The team confirmed Friday that they have listed DH Nelson Cruz as day-to-day after the All-Star slugger strained his left wrist on Thursday night.

Cruz sustained the injury when he swung and missed on a 2-1 fastball by Mike Clevinger in the fourth inning of the team’s 7-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians. After he grimaced in pain at the batters box, coaches and training staff came to check on him and then removed him from the game immediately after.

The 39-year old is putting up big numbers in his first season with the Twins, posting a .294 batting average, 1.035 OPS, 32 homers and 76 RBI in 87 games.

Losing Cruz for a significant time could potentially cost them their number 1 spot in the standing by seasons end.

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Clayton Kershaw passes Sandy Koufax to move into third on Dodgers’ all-time strikeout list

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He may have not had his best start of the year, but Clayton Kershaw certainly moved up the Los Angeles Dodgers record book on Thursday.

When he fanned catcher Austin Hedges with an 0-2 breaking ball in the sixth inning of the team’s 8-2 win over the San Diego Padres, he surpassed Sandy Koufax to move into third place in the franchise’s strikeout list with 2,397.

Despite his happiness for the accomplishment, he focused more on his frustrating performance post-game after walking a season-high batters in six innings.

“I heard the crowd, but I was a little bit frustrated with myself at the time,” said Kershaw, who walked a season-high five.

“I have the ball right here. It’s really cool, any time you get mentioned in the same breath as Sandy. He wouldn’t be proud of this one, though. Thankful I got through six. Can’t even talk about it, I was so bad.”

Kershaw now needs 90 strikeouts to pass Don Drysdale (2,486) for second all-time and 300 to climb over Don Sutton (2,696) for most K’s in franchise history.

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