It wasn’t the accuracy that surprised Mookie Betts. He’d been an infielder and knew how to make pinpoint throws. What surprised him, and what even he didn’t know he could do, was throw the ball as far as he did.
Marlins center fielder Marcell Ozuna left Tuesday night’s game against the Royals because of a family emergency, the club announced during the eighth inning.
Eleven players still crowd the Cardinals’ disabled list, though there are signs of progress that leave the club optimistic of several late returns.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman “did not have a good work day” on Tuesday, manager Buck Showalter said, and his start Thursday at Washington is in jeopardy. Showalter said Tillman would have his right shoulder examined before Tuesday’s game by Dr. Leigh Ann Curl. Showalter plans to make a decision on Thursday’s start on Wednesday.
Tim Tebow’s showcase for Major League Baseball scouts will be held on Aug. 30 in Los Angeles, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman. The showcase will be closed to the public.
Angels righty Jered Weaver isn’t ready to decide whether or not he’ll be back in 2017, as Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. “There’s still a lot of season left,” said the veteran hurler. “When the time comes to answer those questions, I will.” Though Weaver has been hit hard this year, there are some positives, including a steadily rising average fastball velocity (albeit one that still sits in the mid-eighties). Both Angels GM Billy Eppler and Weaver’s agent Scott Boras note that the 33-year-old has been durable this year, though he is now two seasons removed from being a high-quality major league starter.
The Rays entered Monday’s series opener against the Red Sox having scored 55 runs in the previous seven games. Apparently the only thing that could cool them off was facing Red Sox lefty ace David Price. The former Rays star pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing just two hits in a 6-2 Red Sox win at Tropicana Field.
One day after hitting his first Major League home run and triple in the same game, Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi quickly added to his resume Monday night in Boston’s 6-2 victory over the Rays.
Already in the running for the National League Rookie of the Year Award and in the discussion for the NL MVP Award, Corey Seager is having one of the best seasons for a Dodgers shortstop.