MLB Notebook: Smith, Rivera Close Out HOF Ceremonies | 7/21/2019 | Staff
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Lee Smith and Mariano Rivera combined to finish 1,754 games as big leaguers. On Sunday afternoon, they closed things out one more time.

In an appropriate touch, Smith and Rivera were the last two people to take the podium at Clark Sports Center, where an estimated 55,000 fans gathered on a warm afternoon for the ceremonies inducting the two closers as well as Harold Baines, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina and the late Roy Halladay into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Rivera - Speech - Line - Career - Comic

Rivera opened his speech with a line that indicated he could have a second career as a stand-up comic.

“I don’t understand why I always have to be last,” said Rivera, who racked up a record 652 saves and finished 952 games, the most in history, before becoming the first player to ever earn unanimous election into the Hall of Fame.

Brewers - Right-hander - Brandon - Woodruff - List

–Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Brandon Woodruff is headed to the 10-day injured list with a strained left oblique muscle.

Woodruff, a first-time All-Star this season, left his start in Phoenix against the Arizona Diamondbacks two pitches into the fourth inning with what the team described a few innings later as abdominal discomfort. He began the day 11-3 with a 3.53 ERA but struggled through his first three innings.

Brewers - Woodruff - MRI - Monday - Milwaukee

The Brewers said Woodruff would undergo an MRI on Monday in Milwaukee to determine the severity of the injury.

–The Tampa Bay Rays placed outfielder Kevin Kiermaier on the 10-day injured list with a left thumb sprain.

Injury - Saturday - Night - Inning - Loss

He suffered the injury Saturday night in the eighth inning of a 2-1 loss to the White Sox, jamming his thumb...
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