Just when it appeared as though the Blue Jays were down and out, their offense brought them all the way back in the most unconventional way. Toronto scored three runs in the bottom of the 12th inning, including the winning run on a wild pitch, to earn a 7-6, come-from-behind victory over the Padres on Tuesday night at Rogers Centre.
Pirates starter Francisco Liriano joined a pair of exclusive clubs Tuesday night. In fact, he founded both of them with one powerful swing.
A fickle National League Wild Card race took another turn on Tuesday afternoon, when the Cardinals beat Noah Syndergaard and the Mets, 3-2, in the first game of a twinight doubleheader at Citi Field. That allowed St. Louis to leapfrog the Mets at least temporarily in the NL standings, in what was the first of six meetings between the teams this season.
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Aroldis Chapman arrived on Tuesday, saying he’s excited to join the Cubs and has learned from the mistakes he’s made in the past, and he couldn’t explain why he’s throwing with more velocity this season.
Joey Gallo, the Rangers No. 1 prospect per MLBPipeline.com, was recalled from Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday. Gallo was on his way to Globe Life Park at the time of the announcement, but there was no indication if he would be available for Tuesday night’s game against the A’s.
3:54pm: Morosi adds that the Padres are still discussing Cashner with multiple clubs, but there’s been enough progress in talks that he could be scratched from tonight’s start vs. the Blue Jays (Twitter link). 3:39pm: The Padres are making progress on a trade involving Andrew Cashner, reports MLB.com’s Jon Morosi (via Twitter). Cashner, widely expected to be on the move prior to the Aug. 1 non-waiver deadline, could even be moved before tonight’s scheduled start against the Blue Jays, Morosi adds. Bleacher Report’s Scott Miller, however, heard otherwise earlier today, tweeting that the Padres are expecting Cashner to start in tonight’s game. However, Miller did add that trade talks surrounding Cashner continue, with the Blue Jays and Marlins “heavily” involved and the Rangers involved to a lesser extent. Last week, Morosi reported that the Padres were trying to move Cashner before his Thursday start in St. Louis, though obviously those efforts came up short. Cashner threw well against the Cardinals, however, limiting them to a run on three hits and no walks with eight strikeouts across 5 2/3 strong innings, so if anything the delay in finding a trade partner may have caused an ever-so-mild uptick in his value.
Many potential deals are in the works as the non-waiver Trade Deadline — Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. ET — approaches. Here is a look at the latest news, reports and rumors.
The Rangers announced today that they’ve designated veteran right-hander Kyle Lohse for assignment and recalled right-hander Nick Martinez from Triple-A Round Rock to make tonight’s start. The 37-year-old Lohse made just two starts for the Rangers after signing a minor league deal, surrendering 13 runs on 15 hits and five walks with three strikeouts in 9 1/3 innings against the Twins and Angels. His minor league deal came with a base salary of $2MM, so he’ll receive the pro-rated version of that for his work with Texas, amounting to about $951K. Lohse struggled not only in his brief big league stint but also at Triple-A this season, where he posted a 5.06 ERA in 10 starts with Round Rock. Lohse’s 6.3 K/9, 2.1 BB/9 and a 36.2 percent ground-ball rate. Lohse was quite effective into his mid-30s, logging a 3.28 ERA over four seasons from 2011-14 as a member of the Cardinals and Brewers, but he hit a wall in 2015 — the final season of a three-year, $33MM pact with Milwaukee — and limped to a 5.85 ERA in 152 1/3 innings of work. The Rangers could try to outright him to Triple-A to keep him in the organization for depth purposes, though the well-seasoned veteran has the service time to reject and retain the remainder of his salary while searching for an opportunity elsewhere.
The Cardinals announced that they have placed former closer Trevor Rosenthal on the 15-day DL with what’s being called rotator cuff inflammation. Southpaw Dean Kiekhefer will take his spot on the active roster. [Related: Updated Cardinals Depth Chart] It has been an incredibly trying season for Rosenthal, who was previously considered one of the more reliable late-inning arms in baseball. As Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes on Twitter, though, the organization had previously suggested there weren’t any health issues underlying his problems. Regardless of whether this is something of a phantom DL stint or a reflection of a real issue, the down time can’t hurt Rosenthal. The 26-year-old is still racking up plenty of strikeouts with an average fastball of about 97 mph, but has coughed up 7.3 free passes per nine innings over his 33 1/3 frames on the season.