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"It's been a tough year. Can't go nowhere but up."

— Tampa Bay outfielder Desmond Jennings, who will miss the rest of the season because of a tooth infection that required surgery. He played in only 28 games this year, missing most of his time because of injuries to his left knee.



Grand slams surrendered by White Sox ace Chris Sale in the past three seasons, tied for most in the majors over that time with J.J. Hoover, according to ESPN Stats & Info.


Years in a row the Blue Jays will play exhibition games in Montreal; next year they will play the Red Sox April 1-2 at Olympic Stadium.


Jimmy Nelson

RHP, Milwaukee

Nelson will remain in a hospital for at least a second night after being hit in the head by a line drive Thursday. "They just want to make sure everything is 100 percent before he walks out the door," manager Craig Counsell said. Nelson was struck in the back of the head Thursday night by a liner hit by St. Louis' Tommy Pham. A CT scan showed a contusion.