Bench-clearing brawl bring police on field
Double-A affiliates Frisco RoughRiders (Astros) and Corpus Christi Hooks (Rangers) needed some police intervention when things got heated.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
The "loser" in the Melvin Upton trade may be Justin Smoak, if today's lineup is a sign. Upton is in left field, Michael Saunders in right, Edwin Encarnacion at first and Jose Bautista is the DH. Makes sense, as Upton should be a defensive upgrade over Bautista.
Mark Saxon ESPN Staff Writer
The Cardinals put ex-closer Trevor Rosenthal on the 15-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation in his rotator cuff. Dean Kiekhefer has been recalled from Triple-A Memphis to take Rosenthal's spot.
Adam Rubin ESPN Staff Writer
Left-handed reliever Josh Smoker will be the 26th man for Game 2 of the doubleheader. Smoker, a former Nationals first-round pick, has a 4.73 ERA in 43 relief appearances with Las Vegas.
Mark Simon ESPN Staff
Mets manager Terry Collins said that Yoenis Cespedes and Jose Reyes are each expected to play in both games of today's doubleheader, barring any signs of fatigue. Cespedes has had no issues since returning from his quad injury. Collins also said lefty Josh Smoker will be the team's 26th man for Game 2 of the doubleheader "if he gets here." Smoker has a 4.73 ERA, but has 67 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings with Triple-A Las Vegas. As for the impact of yesterday's rainout on the starting rotation, Collins said picking a starter for Saturday has not been discussed.
Doug Padilla ESPN Staff Writer
The Dodgers' four-man rotation continues with Bud Norris (Tues,) and Brandon McCarthy (Wed.) facing the Rays. The Dodgers are taking advantage of off days Monday, Thursday and Monday of next week to go with four starters until 8/6 against Boston.
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Aroldis Chapman expected to make Cubs debut; blew 1 save in 21 opps this season (Cubs bullpen has blown 10 saves in 29 opportunities)
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Steven Wright (BOS): 9-1 with a 2.78 ERA since May 25; all other Red Sox starters are 11-16 with a 5.32 ERA over that span
Eric Karabell identifies a handful of minor-leaguers who could be fantasy-relevant if veterans ahead of them are traded before the deadline. Prospects to stash ahead of the MLB trade deadline
Sale apologizes for clubhouse incident
White Sox pitcher Chris Sale has taken ownership for his actions, but says he was disappointed that the team put business ahead of winning.