One of the closer 2016 Esurance MLB All-Star ballot races in these final days of voting is at the shortstop spot in the National League, where, at last count, the Cubs’ Addison Russell (1.49 million votes) and the Rockies’ Trevor Story (1.11 million) were separated by just a few hundred thousand clicks.
After striking out in his first at-bat, Andrew McCutchen looked comfortable at the plate Saturday night. He homered twice off Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda, hammering a curveball and later ripping into a fastball. In this season where so little has gone right, what felt right in the Pirates’ 6-1 win at PNC Park?
So close, yet so far.
Edwin Encarnacion drove in four runs and Devon Travis added two hits and two RBIs, as the Blue Jays survived a franchise-record-tying seven White Sox home runs — all solo shots — to claim a 10-8 victory Saturday afternoon at U.S. Cellular Field and even this three-game set. It was the third time in history a team hit seven home runs in a loss (also the Tigers of 1995 and 2004).
It was a do-it-all type of late afternoon for Padres starter Drew Pomeranz. Not only did the lefty quiet the Reds for seven innings on the mound, but his time at the plate netted a home run and RBI single during a 3-0 victory on Saturday at Great American Ball Park.
The Royals have announced that they’ve activated Alex Gordon from the DL and optioned fellow outfielder Brett Eibner to Triple-A Omaha. (The move is now reflected in Roster Resource’s Royals Depth Chart.) Gordon had been out since late May with a broken bone in his wrist. He was hitting just .211/.319/.331 before his injury, but given his usual combination of a high OBP and excellent left field defense, he should be a major addition for the Royals, who are currently four games back of the Indians in the AL Central and a half-game back of the Blue Jays for the last Wild Card spot. Here’s more from the Central divisions. The Pirates recently reinstated Juan Nicasio from the restricted list and are moving him to the bullpen, as MLB.com’s Adam Berry explains. Nicasio has had an uneven year so far and relies almost entirely on a hard fastball and slider, so it’s easy to see the appeal of making him a reliever
In another move to jumpstart a scuffling offense, the Mets will promote top prospect Brandon Nimmo from Triple-A Las Vegas prior to Saturday’s game, according to a source. The team plans to option struggling outfielder Michael Conforto.
The Brewers planned a red carpet treatment for first round Draft pick Corey Ray at Miller Park on Saturday after finalizing a contract with the University of Louisville outfielder.
Adam Lind snapped the Mariners’ six-game losing skid in fine fashion Friday, as his three-run, walk-off home run topped the Cardinals.
Travis d’Arnaud joked that he owes James Loney “dinner for like a week,” so imagine how Jeurys Familia feels. The closer was in the ninth inning of a two-run game on Friday, seeking to set a Mets franchise record for consecutive save conversions to start a season.