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Matt Shoemaker is likely thrilled at the prospects of facing any team other than Kansas City. After back-to-back starts against the Royals, lasting just 4.2 innings with 15 earned runs and 13 of 18 baserunners scoring, Shoemaker is in desperate need of a reset. In 50.2 innings this season he has allowed 43 runs, though 23 of those have occurred in his three matchups with Kansas City.Milwaukee Brewers Face Coverings

In a game of inches and umpire reviews and split-second calls on infield grounders, the difference is not negligible.

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The Rays’ team average isn’t too much better than the Yanks at .228 (24th), but they’re sixth in MLB with 4.92 runs averaged per game. The Yankees? They’re in 28th with 3.69.Chicago White Sox Face Coverings

"It's a good feeling. It's a great clubhouse to be in right now, the guys are in a good spot."Detroit Tigers Face Coverings

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In a 4-2 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Sunday, the spin rate and usage of Bauer’s four-seam fastball were noticeably down. Bauer held the Braves to three runs in six innings, but he didn’t pitch well. The 10 baserunners he allowed were a season-high.Seattle Mariners Face Coverings
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Eventually, pitchers will adjust. The very best always do. But shifting the competitive advantage once again is not to the benefit of the game itself. It’s about time MLB policed these issues as they were happening, not long after the fact.

The hope is that once umpires check pitchers regularly, the use of foreign substances will dissipate -- and as some players are inevitably busted, the gentlemen's agreement between managers will evaporate and teams will more aggressively police each other through their use of in-house video.