AROUND THE HORN

Cecil Whig - - INSIDEBASEBALL -

White Sox pitcher Chris Sale beat Toronto on June 26, run­ning his record to 13–2. On that day, no other MLB pitcher had more than 11 wins. The bad news for Chicago: No. 2 on the team’s win list is Mat Latos (6–2), who was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment on June 9 and hasn’t been heard from since. Worse, the rest of the staff out­side those two was a com­bined 19–34. …

On An­drew McCutchen jersey night in Pitts­burgh, dur­ing which all chil­dren aged 14 and un­der re­ceived jer­seys of the Pi­rate cen­ter fi el­der, the fans didn’t get to see McCutchen fin­ish the evening. McCutchen was ejected in the sev­enth in­ning af­ter protest­ing home plate um­pire Chris Con­roy’s called third strike on a pitch that was clearly be­low the strike zone. It’s an­other chap­ter in a frus­trat­ing sea­son for the 29-year-old, whose slash line of .240/.316/.417 is well be­low his ca­reer av­er­age of .294/.383/.491. …

On June 26, the Reds re­tired Pete Rose’s jersey and in­ducted him into the team’s Hall of Fame, an act that re­quired the ap­proval of Ma­jor League Base­ball given Rose’s life­time ban for bet­ting on his team dur­ing the late 1980s. Cincin­nati, which ranks 24th in at­ten­dance, drew one of its larger crowds of the sea­son to watch Pete Rose Jr. — the only player to wear his fa­ther’s No. 14 since Rose first wore it — throw out the cer­e­mo­nial first pitch to his fa­ther. The Reds also hon­ored their 1976 World Cham­pi­onship team dur­ing the week­end. …

That’s been one of the few happy mo­ments of an oth­er­wise dis­mal sea­son for the Reds, who ended June 26 with the third-fewest wins (29) and worst run dif­fer­en­tial (mi­nus-115) in base­ball. That said, one of base­ball’s big­gest sur­prises is left fielder Adam Du­vall, the 27-year-old who’d played in just 55 ca­reer MLB games be­fore this sea­son. Du­vall, who had hit at least 22 home runs in four dif­fer­ent mi­nor league sea­sons, is tied with Colorado’s Nolan Are­nado with an NL-lead­ing 21 home runs. …

On May 22, Hous­ton was 17–28 and its sea­son ap­peared to be head­ing nowhere. The Astros have gone 22–9 since and are sud­denly in Wild Card con­tention. They should get stronger af­ter call­ing up top prospect A.J. Reed on June 26. The 23-year-old first base­man hit .340/.432/.612 with 34 home runs be­tween A and AA last sea­son.

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