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 Posted: Fri Aug 11th, 2017 09:49 pm
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The New York Yankees have placed veteran starter CC Sabathia on the 10-day disabled list and recalled left-handed pitcher Jordan Montgomery from Triple-A.

In his most recent outing, Sabathia lasted just three innings against the Toronto Blue Jays, giving up four runs - all earned - on six hits including a pair of homers.

Following the game, Sabathia underwent an MRI on his knee that revealed no structural damage, but the injury is still enough to keep the 37-year-old off the 25-man roster for the time being.

In 19 starts this season, Sabathia has managed a 4.05 ERA and 4.58 FIP.

Montgomery is slated to start Sunday against the Boston Red Sox, and will presumably take Sabathia's place in the rotation.

In 115 2/3 innings with the big club this year - more than Sabathia - the 24-year-old has posted an identical ERA to Sabathia, though has the better peripherals with a 3.95 FIP.

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If the New York Mets had plans to trade Jerry Blevins, they may no longer be able to do so this season.

New York reportedly attempted to pass Blevins through revocable trade waivers this month, though an unknown team unexpectedly claimed the left-handed reliever, leading to the Mets calling him back, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.

Because Blevins was pulled back, if the Mets attempt to put him through a second time, they would be unable to call him back if he was claimed again, thereby risking losing him for nothing.

It's unclear which team put in a claim for Blevins, or if the Mets had a potential deal in the works for the southpaw, though interest in the 33-year-old reliever wouldn't be illogical. Blevins owns a 2.78 ERA in 53 appearances this season to go along with a 1.26 WHIP, and he's also striking out 12.62 batters per nine innings.

Blevins' contract includes a $7-million club option for 2018, which Heyman notes the Mets will exercise to bring him back next season.

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Ian Kinsler's been picked up on waivers from some mystery team. After the trading deadline it's revocable waivers so the Tigers can pull him back if they can't work out a deal.

My guess is that it's the Brewers that put a claim on him, but I'm not sure.

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I like Kinsler a lot.



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It only took Nolan Arenado until the third inning Friday to reach the century mark yet again.

The Colorado Rockies third baseman entered the game with 98 RBIs on the season and then smacked a two-run home run off Miami Marlins starter Jose Urena to tally 100 RBIs for a third-straight season.

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Production is Nolan Arenado’s middle name. #JustThatGood @nikebaseball pic.twitter.com/n6TGT3VteX

— MLB (@MLB) August 12, 2017
Arenado, the MLB leader in run production, reached the 100-RBI plateau before any other batter. He's the first NL player to do this for three consecutive seasons since Hall of Famer Willie Stargell did it from 1971-73, the team announced.

In 23 games since the All-Star break, the MVP candidate has been his best self at the plate drilling nine homers while driving in 30 runs.

Arenado set a career-high with 133 RBIs in 2016 and could challenge that number again as long as the likes of Charlie Blackmon continue to reach base ahead of him.

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.@Giancarlo818 blasts never get old. pic.twitter.com/03nJCIre9l

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Is Giancarlo Stanton even human?

The Miami Marlins behemoth became the first player in 2017 to hit 40 home runs with a monster shot off Colorado Rockies right-hander Jon Gray on Friday.

In doing so, he becomes only the second player in franchise history to reach the mark. He's now only two long balls shy of tying Gary Sheffield's Marlins record set in 1996.

Stanton has been on an absolute tear of late, blasting 19 bombs over his last 31 games including seven in his last eight.

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The injury bug continues to ravage the Toronto Blue Jays as the club placed catcher Russell Martin on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a left oblique strain.

Martin exited Friday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at the start of the second inning after making a few warmup throws. He was replaced by Raffy Lopez.

With Martin sidelined, the Blue Jays now have their top three catchers on the disabled list. Miguel Montero is dealing with a strained groin, while Luke Maile has been out since early July with knee inflammation.

Mike Ohlman was called up to take Martin's place on the roster. He went 2-for-9 with three strikeouts in a previous stint with Toronto this season, and is hitting .222/.343/.418 with 12 home runs and 105 strikeouts in 82 games in Triple-A.

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The Boston Red Sox will have to try to hang on to the division without their clubhouse leader.

Dustin Pedroia was placed back on the 10-day disabled list Saturday due to left knee inflammation - the second time he's been on the DL this week.

The second baseman has battled knee issues this season and has appeared in just one game this month. Pedroia was originally placed on the DL on Aug. 1. He'd been reinstated earlier this week, only to play one game at designated hitter before the inflammation returned.

"We've got to try to find a way to manage it and get through it," Pedroia told reporters Saturday, according to Tim Britton of the Providence Journal.

Red Sox manager John Farrell acknowledged Friday that a DL trip was a possibility for Pedroia, as the team continues to be cautious with the 33-year-old.

Pedroia has enjoyed another strong season when he's been healthy enough to get on the field. The four-time All-Star is hitting .303/.378/.406 with six home runs and 17 doubles in 86 games. In his absence, it's likely Eduardo Nunez will receive the bulk of the reps at second base.

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After finally piecing together a string of decent performances, Masahiro Tanaka has encountered a setback.

The New York Yankees placed the starter on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with right shoulder inflammation, and recalled right-hander Giovanny Gallegos from Triple-A.

Tanaka said there's no structural damage, but rather that his arm feels tired, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

"I believe that this time off will get me back stronger and get me back on track," Tanaka said.

Following a disastrous start to the season, Tanaka had posted a 3.13 ERA over his last five starts while holding opponents to a .212/.254/.381 slash line.

Tanaka last pitched Wednesday in Toronto, allowing three runs (two earned) off two hits and a season-high five walks over just four innings against the Blue Jays.

Jordan Montgomery was called up earlier this week after CC Sabathia was placed on the DL, meaning the Yankees will likely need to promote another starter to replace Tanaka.

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The Colorado Rockies announced Saturday they agreed to terms with free-agent first baseman Ryan Howard on a minor-league deal.

Howard, who was last with the Atlanta Braves on a minor-league deal, was adamant he wouldn't contemplate retirement after being released in May.

"By no means am I done," Howard said at the time. "My plans haven't changed to try and play. My mindset with that hasn't changed at all."

The three-time All-Star played with the Philadelphia Phillies from 2004-16, slashing .258/.343/.513 in 1,572 major-league games. The Phillies elected to part ways with the former Rookie of the Year and MVP following the 2016 season, however, declining his $23-million club option for 2017.

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The Milwaukee Brewers are closing in on a deal to acquire second baseman Neil Walker from the New York Mets, sources told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Mets and Brewers are still in discussions about a trade but haven't completed the deal just yet. The potential return heading to the Mets isn't known.

Walker was taking batting practice ahead of the Mets' Saturday evening game in Philadelphia as word of the reported deal first surfaced, according to MLB.com's Anthony DiComo. Later, the Mets scratched him from their lineup, with Jose Reyes taking his spot at second base Saturday night.

Sandy Alderson talking to Terry Collins behind the cage while Neil Walker takes BP. They just left field and went to clubhouse. pic.twitter.com/bcMlVgLsfk

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Walker is hitting .264/.339/.442 with 10 home runs, 13 doubles, 27 walks, and 36 RBIs over 73 games for the Mets this season. He missed several weeks prior to the trade deadline due to a hamstring injury, and that may have led to the Yankees backing out of a deal to acquire him on July 31.

Since returning from the disabled list July 28, Walker owns a .569 OPS in 45 plate appearances.

The 30-year-old, who will become a free agent at season's end, is earning $17.2 million this season. New York is reportedly eating some of the nearly $5 million in salary remaining this season in order to complete the trade, reports Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

Milwaukee, which surprisingly led the NL Central for much of this season before a second-half slump dropped it to third place, has received the fourth-worst production in all of baseball this year at just 0.1 WAR, per Fangraphs. Jonathan Villar, who led the majors in stolen bases one year ago as part of a breakout campaign, has regressed dramatically in 2017. His struggles have forced the club to turn to journeyman veteran Eric Sogard on a more regular basis.

The Brewers have been looking for upgrades at the position even after the non-waiver deadline passed, and reportedly had interest in Detroit's Ian Kinsler - who failed to clear revocable waivers - earlier this month.

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chrob61 wrote: Ian Kinsler's been picked up on waivers from some mystery team. After the trading deadline it's revocable waivers so the Tigers can pull him back if they can't work out a deal.

My guess is that it's the Brewers that put a claim on him, but I'm not sure.


I'm guessing the Tigers pull him off waivers because no deal can be worked out.

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The Milwaukee Brewers have a new second baseman, acquiring Neil Walker and cash considerations from the New York Mets on Saturday night in exchange for a player to be named later, the teams announced.

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson told reporters the player heading to Queens in return for Walker will "probably not be identified for some time," according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

As the Mets were playing in Philadelphia on Saturday night, Walker made the quick trip back to New York in order to gather his belongings at Citi Field. He plans to join the Brewers in Milwaukee in time for Sunday's contest against Cincinnati, according to Adam McCalvy of MLB.com.

The 30-year-old Walker, who will become a free agent at season's end, is earning $17.2 million this season. He's owed nearly $5 million over the balance of 2017, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, and it's likely the cash considerations in this trade are being sent to Milwaukee to cover at least some of that money.

Walker is hitting .264/.339/.442 with 10 home runs, 13 doubles, 27 walks, and 36 RBIs over 73 games for the Mets this season. He missed several weeks prior to the trade deadline due to a hamstring injury, and that may have led to the Yankees backing out of a deal to acquire him on July 31.

Since returning from the disabled list July 28, Walker owns a .569 OPS in 45 plate appearances.

Milwaukee, which surprisingly led the NL Central for much of this season before a second-half slump dropped it to third place, has received the fourth-worst production from second base in all of baseball this year at just 0.1 WAR, per Fangraphs.

Jonathan Villar, who led the majors in stolen bases one year ago as part of a breakout campaign, has regressed dramatically in 2017. His struggles have forced the club to turn to journeyman veteran Eric Sogard on a more regular basis.

The Brewers have been looking for upgrades at the position even after the non-waiver deadline passed, and reportedly had interest in Detroit's Ian Kinsler - who failed to clear revocable waivers - earlier this month.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) There are times Paul DeJong just shakes his head in wonderment.

The St. Louis rookie infielder, who made his major league debut on May 28, hit his team-leading 17th home run on Saturday night to help the Cardinals push their winning streak to eight games with a 6-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves.

''I have some of those moments when I look around the stadium and I say to myself, `Am I really doing this? Is this really happening?''' DeJong said. ''It's pretty amazing.''

Carlos Martinez (9-9) tossed six solid innings and also drove in a run for the Cardinals, who moved within percentage points with the first-place Chicago Cubs in the NL Central.

Brandon Phillips homered for Atlanta, which lost its fifth in a row.

The eight-game run is the longest for St. Louis since the Cardinals won eight in a row April 28-May 5, 2015.

DeJong, who hit a home run in his first major league game in Colorado, has 15 homers since June 15.

''He continues to impress us every day,'' St. Louis manager Mike Matheny said. ''Offensively and defensively. He's making great adjustments from at-bat to at-bat.''

DeJong set a goal at the start of the season to hit 30 home runs, whether it was in the majors or the minors. Or both. His seventh-inning drive on Saturday allowed him to reach that mark. He hit 13 home runs at Triple-A Memphis.

Randal Grichuk also homered for St. Louis, which has scored 68 runs during the eight-game streak. He hit his 15th homer of the season in the second to tie the game 2-all. He also added a double in a three-run outburst in the fifth.

DeJong, who has reached safely in 18 of the last 21 games, led off the seventh a 405-foot blast. He has 41 RBIs in just 64 games.

Martinez gave up three earned runs and seven hits over six innings. He struck out seven and walked one. His run-scoring single in the fifth pushed the lead to 4-2. He is 7 for 23 (.304) with runners in scoring position.

Trevor Rosenthal picked up his 11th save in 13 tries. He gave up a two-out bases-loaded single to Freddie Freeman in the ninth before striking out Nick Markakis with two runners in scoring position to end the game.

Tyler Lyons chipped in with two innings of scoreless relief.

Martinez allowed four of the first five hitters to reach safely before settling down.

''I just kept working hard and tried to forget about the bad pitches,'' Martinez said. ''I wanted to concentrate on what's ahead.''

Lucas Sims (0-3), in just his third major league start, surrendered four earned runs and 10 hits over 5 1/3 innings.

The Braves have rallied twice in the series to get within one run, but came up short both times.

''These guys are never out of a game and they keep coming at you,'' Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. ''They give you a hard 27 outs.''

Dexter Fowler added two hits for St. Louis and Kolten Wong extended his hitting streak to seven games with a fifth-inning single.

Atlanta jumped to a 2-0 lead on a bases-loaded single by Kurt Suzuki in the first.

''We came close to turning it around,'' Freeman said. ''Hopefully, we can get on the right side of things tomorrow.''

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Chase Utley asked for a clear line of sight, and was told to hit the showers.

During the ninth inning of Saturday's game against the San Diego Padres, the Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman asked second-base umpire Ramon De Jesus to change his positioning as Utley thought he was in the way. After a brief exchange, Utley was ejected.


"Over the course of my career, it's happened to me a few times where I get blocked out by the umpire and it turns out to be a tough play," Utley said, according to Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register. "I wanted to try to avoid that. Most umpires oblige.

"I feel like I have a pretty good rapport with a number of guys throughout the league, throughout the years. Clearly not with him. I don't know."

Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts said he was shocked by the decision, especially during a time in the game when the tying run was at the plate in the ninth inning.

"In my opinion, it was a big toss," Roberts said, according to Joshua Thornton of MLB.com. "A guy like Chase, who is respected around the game, I was shocked."

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