Powered by an electric 14-strikeout performance from Carlos Carrasco, the Indians pulled off a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays on Thursday night at Rogers Centre, matching a franchise record with 13 wins in a row. Cleveland also won a baker’s dozen in 1951, and in 1942 before that. One more win and this Tribe team will be in uncharted waters.
The Indians will look to set a new franchise record and win their 14th consecutive game when they take on the Blue Jays in a Canada Day matinee at Rogers Centre on Friday.
Hours after ace Clayton Kershaw hit the 15-day disabled list with a balky back, Maeda scattered three hits and surrendered a lone run in six innings of the Dodgers’ decisive 8-1 win over the Brewers at Miller Park on Thursday.
The Athletics have signed top draft pick A.J. Puk, the club announced. Puk was taken with the sixth overall pick, which came with a $4,069,200 pool allocation, and he’ll receive exactly that amount with his bonus, per MLB.com’s Jim Callis (via Twitter).
The Athletics have placed left-handed reliever Sean Doolittle on the 15-day DL with a shoulder strain, per a club announcement. It had been hoped that he’d avoid a trip off of the active roster, but evidently Doolittle wasn’t progressing as hoped. After some struggles early, Doolittle had been on the rise in 2016 — with his heater gaining steam along the way. On the year, the 29-year-old has put up 30 2/3 innings of 2.93 ERA pitching, with 10.3 K/9 against 2.3 BB/9. The overall profile made Doolittle rather an interesting trade candidate for the foundering A’s. Clubs looking to add pop to the back of their pens are surely at least considering him. The fact that he’s owed just $1.55MM this year — and controllable through 2020 at below-market rates — boosts his appeal to organizations that don’t want to burn prospect capital on a pure rental. Of course, the added control also increases the asking price, and the degree of scrutiny that buying teams will need to take
The Marlins acquired veteran reliever Fernando Rodney from the Padres on Thursday in exchange for Class A right-hander Chris Paddack.
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A surging A’s offense kept pace behind left-hander Sean Manaea, who tossed 5 2/3 scoreless innings in his return from the disabled list in Oakland’s third straight win against the Giants, a commanding 7-1 decision at the Coliseum on Wednesday evening.