AROUND THE HORN

Cecil Whig - - INSIDEBASEBALL -

Cleve­land saw its fran­chise-record 14-game win­ning streak snapped when Toronto beat the In­di­ans, 9–6, on July 2. The In­di­ans led the AL Cen­tral by 5.5 games head­ing into the games of July 4; they haven’t won the divi­sion since 2007. …

Miami picked up 39-year-old re­liever Fer­nando Rod­ney, who’d given up one earned run in 28.2 in­nings in San Diego, for 20-year-old right-handed mi­nor lea­guer Chris Pad­dack. Rod­ney had 17 saves for the Padres this year, but he’ll be the setup man for A.J. Ramos, who’d saved 24 games and posted a sub-2.00 through the end of June. …

At­lanta, mean­while, dealt Bud Nor­ris (4.22 ERA in 22 games this sea­son) to the Dodgers. The price was a pair of 23-year-old mi­nor league re­liev­ers in Phil Pfeifer and Caleb Dirks. The Braves also in­cluded 27-year-old mi­nor-league out­fielder Dian Toscano, who had signed a four-year, $6 mil­lion deal but wasn’t pan­ning out in Class AA. That may have been a salary dump for At­lanta. …

The Dodgers made the deal, in part, to help off­set the tem­po­rary loss of ace Clay­ton Kershaw, who has a her­ni­ated disc in his lower back. Kershaw was 11–2 with a 1.79 ERA and 145 strike­outs in 121 in­nings, and isn’t ex­pected back un­til early Au­gust, at the ear­li­est. …

The Braves and Mar­lins played their July 3 game at the Fort Bragg mil­i­tary base in North Carolina, the Braves win­ning by a 5–2 score. It was the first pro­fes­sional sport­ing event held at a U.S. mil­i­tary in­stal­la­tion and was played be­fore 12,500 mil­i­tary mem­bers and their fam­i­lies. …

Third base­man Kris Bryant ( 22) be­came the youngest Cubs player to hit three home runs in a game when he did it against the Reds on June 27. He added two dou­bles, be­com­ing the only MLB player ever to hit three homers and dou­ble twice in the same game. …

Bos­ton’s ef­forts to built its fu­ture were ham­pered when MLB an­nounced that the Red Sox would be banned from sign­ing in­ter­na­tional free agents for a year. MLB de­ter­mined that the Sox had been cir­cum­vent­ing sign­ing bonus rules by sign­ing Venezue­lan free agents from the same train­ing pro­gram as “pack­age deals,” and also pe­nal­ized Bos­ton by declar­ing five of its 2015 teenage signees as free agents.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.