With only a few days remaining in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot voting, Todd Frazier added more reasoning Monday for why he deserves to be the National League’s starting third baseman.
With a batting title in tow, Jose Altuve’s already known as a high-average hitter. But the star second baseman is starting to tap into some power.
As the Angels continue to hover around the .500 mark, internal tensions have arisen, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. It appears that the particular issue that has led to some discord involves the respective roles of the front office and field staff regarding the use of data in on-field decisionmaking. Of course, GM Jerry Dipoto and manager Mike Scioscia have had some well-publicized differences of opinion in the past, and Rosenthal suggests that there are signs of a new rift. Here’s more from the AL West: The Astros have a variety of difficult 40-man decisions upcoming, as they did last year when they ultimately left Delino DeShields Jr. unprotected in the Rule 5 draft, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle writes (in a piece we cited yesterday regarding the club’s pitching needs). That could seemingly drive a deal or two this summer or in the future. GM Jeff Luhnow acknowledges the roster pressure, but rejects the idea that he’ll move valuable assets solely for that reason. “Yeah, I mean, you could argue that we have a lot of guys to protect, and we’re going to leave some unprotected, so why not turn that into something we can use right now?
Indians catcher Yan Gomes knew Cody Anderson was doing something special midway through Monday’s 7-1 win over the Rays.
Jose Altuve kickstarted the Astros’ three-run third inning with his seventh home run, matching a career high, while Lance McCullers allowed just one run over seven innings as the Astros topped the Royals, 6-1, on Monday.
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A’s switch-pitcher Pat Venditte threw with both arms Monday for the first time since going on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder June 12.
Andy MacPhail, hired Monday to become the new Phillies president at the end of the season, discussed the use of sabermetrics with Phillies owners Jim Buck, Pete Buck and John Middleton.
First baseman Eric Hosmer was not in Monday’s lineup against the Astros due to a mild sprain on his left ring finger, and he’s unlikely to play during the three-game set in Houston.