Minor Moves: Chris Leroux, Zach Jackson

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Here are Sunday’s minor moves from around MLB: The Yankees have outrighted pitcher Chris Leroux, according to MiLB.com. They designated him for assignment on Friday. Leroux has posted a 5.08 ERA with 7.3 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 in 28 1/3 innings this season for Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Nationals have released left-hander Zach Jackson from their Triple-A affiliate, per the International League’s transactions page. Jackson, who signed a minor league deal with Washington in January, came out of the bullpen 26 times for Syracuse this season posting a line of 6.06 ERA, 6.6 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, and 10.9 H/9. The 31-year-old last pitched in a MLB game in 2009 when he made three appearances (one start) for the Indians, who acquired him the year before in the CC Sabathia trade. Per MLBTR’s DFA Tracker, nine players remain in DFA limbo: Esmil Rogers (Blue Jays), Juan Carlos Oviedo (Rays), George Kottaras (Cardinals), Jim Johnson (A’s), Matt Guerrier (Twins), Darwin Barney (Cubs), Tony Gwynn Jr. (Phillies), and Jose De Paula and Nick Noonan (Giants). Charlie Wilmoth contributed to this post.

Cox’s ‘great ride’ culminates with induction into Hall

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Bobby Cox, the great manager of the Atlanta Braves, spent part of his Hall of Fame induction speech on Sunday putting his career in perspective. Sure, he’d love to go down in history as one of the smartest managers who ever lived, but not if it robs him of a chance to be self-deprecating.

Minor Moves: Zach Jackson

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Here are Sunday’s minor moves from around MLB: The Nationals have released left-hander Zach Jackson from their Triple-A affiliate, per the International League’s transactions page. Jackson, who signed a minor league deal with Washington in January, came out of the bullpen 26 times for Syracuse posting a line of 6.06 ERA, 6.6 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, and 10.9 H/9. The 31-year-old last pitched in a MLB game in 2009 when he made three appearances (one start) for the Indians, who acquired him the year before in the CC Sabathia trade. Per MLBTR’s DFA Tracker, ten players are in DFA limbo: Esmil Rogers (Blue Jays), Juan Carlos Oviedo (Rays), George Kottaras (Cardinals), Chris Leroux (Yankees), Jim Johnson (A’s), Matt Guerrier (Twins), Darwin Barney (Cubs), Tony Gwynn Jr. (Phillies), and Jose De Paula and Nick Noonan (both by the Giants).

With Callaspo off DL, Freiman sent to Triple-A

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The A’s activated Alberto Callaspo from the disabled list in time for Sunday’s series finale in Texas, a move that prompted them to option Nate Freiman to Triple-A Sacramento.

Class of 2014 takes its place among game’s legends

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The big day finally arrived on Sunday for a memorable Hall of Fame Class of 2014 — 300-game winners Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine, slugger Frank Thomas and managers Joe Torre, Bobby Cox and Tony La Russa. With skies gray and thundershowers looming, the Big Six were inducted during the annual ceremony held on a stage behind the Clark Sports Center before an expected crowd of over 40,000 fans.

Rusney Castillo Impresses In Showcase

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Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo put on a showcase yesterday that was ultimately said to be watched by scouts from 28 of the league’s 30 clubs, according to Walter Villa of Baseball America, who provides a robust account of the day. While scouts offered slightly differing takes, as might be expected, the workout did little to dampen the growing hype surrounding Castillo. At the dish, Castillo showed surprising power and swung well against live pitching from Nate Carter (a D-II closer). His speed rated as anywhere from very good to outstanding and he showed an average big league arm from the outfield (“his weakest tool,” according to one scout).

A’s turn on power, wake up bats in Texas

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Just in time to make a winner out of Sonny Gray, the A’s found their old bag of tricks in the sixth inning Saturday night and counted off four homers in a span of six batters for a 5-1 victory over the Rangers at Globe Life Park.

Inductees feel nervous energy for today’s enshrinement

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Listening to the six men who will be inducted today in the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014, it is definitely nervous time. Nervous for the moment, nervous for the experience, nervous for the instance they must stand up before about 50,000 fans on the stage behind the Clark Sports Center and make their individual speeches.

Adams, new batterymates fuel Cards past Cubs

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A.J. Pierzynski and Shelby Miller had never formally met until Saturday. Yet for 5 2/3 innings, including three perfect frames to start the game, the two played pitch-and-catch as the Cards topped the Cubs, 6-3, at Wrigley Field. Pierzynski went 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Matt Adams drove in four runs.

Red Sox Notes: Webster, Cherington, Lester, Relievers

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The Red Sox have enviable pitching depth in the minors, writes Alex Speier of WEEI. In addition to Rubby de la Rosa, who is already with the club, Brandon Workman, Steven Wright, and Anthony Ranaudo could all be viewed as viable candidates to fill Jake Peavy‘s spot in the rotation. But the Sox will turn to yet another option tomorrow against the Rays – Allen Webster. GM Ben Cherington told reporters, including Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald, that the club “would listen to what teams are looking to do.” Said Cherington, “anything we do between now and Thursday afternoon will be with a mind toward building as quickly as possible for April of 2015.” Boston should take advantage of a seller’s market and deal Lester, writes Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. If the club is hesitant about extending Lester – and they appear to be – then the Sox will get a lot more back via trade than they would with a qualifying offer. As Rosenthal notes, the club may qualify for a protected pick, and Lester has left the door open for re-signing even if he’s dealt. Cherington did say they want Lester in the 2015 rotation, according to Speier (twitter link)