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.
Bucci Mane @Buccigross
Aroldis Chapman expected to make Cubs debut; blew 1 save in 21 opps this season (Cubs bullpen has blown 10 saves in 29 opportunities)
Bucci Mane @Buccigross
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.
Jayson Stark ESPN Senior Writer
Aroldis Chapman vs Cubs potential Oct opponents: Washington - 12 APP since 2012, 1 run, 26 K, 15.1 IP SF - 5 APP last 2 years, 10 K, 6.2 IP, 2 R & BS last Sept LA - 9 APP in career, 0 runs, 17 K, 5 hits, 9 IP
Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer
The Blue Jays need pitching more than another outfielder. But Melvin Upton gives them some OF insurance with Jose Bautista and Michael Saunders headed to free agency in November. He's also tied for 3rd among MLB left fielders with 9 Defensive Runs Saved, and he has 20 stolen bases this season. The Blue Jays have only 32 steals as a team, so Upton provides some speed they've been lacking on the roster.