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TBLA Thursday morning links: August 8, 2019

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Start your day off with some fresh links!

St Louis Cardinals v Los Angeles Dodgers Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images

Dodgers news ...

The Dodgers won in walk-off style on Wednesday, courtesy of Russell Martin. You can read the TBLA game recap here.

Bill Plaschke eloquently wrote about all the Dodgers walk-offs in a Los Angeles Times column.

There have been walk-offs by outfielders, infielders and catchers. The hits have been delivered by 36-year-olds and 23-year-olds. The heroes have included MVP favorites and backups.

“It seems like every day there’s somebody different you’re pouring Gatorade on,” manager Dave Roberts said .

The list includes Joc Pederson, Alex Verdugo, Will Smith, Matt Beaty, Cody Bellinger, Max Muncy, and now Martin. But at this point, would anybody else surprise you?

Pedro Moura wrote about the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes using two-way players, turning infielders into pitchers to boost success in the batter’s box. Subscription required to read this story.

Around the league ...

If you weren’t plugged in yesterday, you may have missed the Chris Taylor-Brandon Hyde brawl in the Orioles dugout. Not often you hear of something like this.

While on the topic of the Baltimore Orioles ... the Yankees just crushed their 52nd home run against the Orioles, which is a single-season record for most home runs hit against an opponent.

On a behind the scenes piece, Emma Baccellieri wrote a fabulous feature on the man who gathers the mud that gets slathered on every single MLB baseball, Jim Bintliff.

MLB Network’s highest rated ballgame this season is a Red Sox-Yankees matchup. Is anyone surprised?