AROUND THE HORN

Cecil Whig - - INSIDE BASEBALL -

The Mets had base­ball’s most tal­ented start­ing ro­ta­tion to be­gin the sea­son, but whether it could keep the arms healthy was a con­cern. The team’s worst fears were re­al­ized just be­fore the All- Star break when Matt Har­vey’s sea­son ended with shoul­der is­sues that will re­quire surgery. Fel­low starters Steven Matz and Noah Syn­der­gaard are both pitch­ing through painful bone spurs in their el­bows; Syn­der­gaard was re­moved from his last start be­fore the break be­cause of arm fa­tigue. …

Texas’ pitch­ing fell apart in a dif­fer­ent way just be­fore the break, with the Rangers giv­ing up 85 runs in their last nine games. That in­cluded 38 runs to the Twins in the last four, three of which were losses. Chi Chi Gon­za­lez and Nick Martinez were sent back to Class AAA af­ter post­ing ERAs of 8.71 and 6.86 ERAs in three and four starts, re­spec­tively. Kyle Lohse, re­called from AAA for a dis­as­trous (5 IP, 6 ER) start on July 10, was not the an­swer. To boot, Lohse ex­pe­ri­enced tight­ness in his right oblique. Of course, ace Yu Darvish (15.2 IP in ’16) re­mains on the DL, but the Rangers should get him back soon. …

The Red Sox, hav­ing given up 424 runs — good for 22nd in base­ball — had first-half pitch­ing is­sues of their own, which got worse when closer Craig Kim­brel landed on the dis­abled list for what’s ex­pected to be three to six weeks. The same night that Bos­ton lost Kim­brel, it traded mi­nor league pitch­ers Jose Al­monte and in­fielder Luis Ale­jan­dro Basabe to Ari­zona for its closer, Brad Ziegler. How­ever, manager John Far­rell said that 41-year-old Koji Ue­hara, who has 90 ca­reer saves, would close while Kim­brel is out. …

In base­ball’s Fu­tures Game, played on July 10, the World Team beat the Amer­i­cans, 11–3, for its first win in the con­test since 2009. Bos­ton out­field prospect Yoan Mon­cada went 2-for-5 with a two-run homer and took home MVP honors. Also no­table: Hous­ton in­fielder Alex Breg­man sin­gled, dou­bled and tripled; Cubs out­fielder Eloy Jimenez made a spec­tac­u­lar play on a foul ball in right; Baltimore’s Chance Sisco had a home run; and Car­di­nals pitcher Alex Reyes reg­is­tered be­tween 99-101 mph on seven pitches in his 1.2 in­nings of work.

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