White Sox general manager Kenny Williams keeps trying to acquire a
big-name starting pitcher and they keep spurning his advances.
Last week Williams worked out a trade for Jake Peavy only to have
the Padres ace use his no-trade clause to block the deal and now the Houston Chronicle reports that Roy Oswalt “would invoke his no-trade clause if the White Sox attempted to acquire him.”
The report about Oswalt comes amid speculation that the White Sox have
been scouting him for a potential deal. Interestingly, the newspaper
notes that Oswalt and Peavy are good friends and Peavy said during the
offseason that he’d “embrace a trade to the Astros,” but apparently
neither guy wants to pitch for the White Sox.
Meanwhile, the White Sox have won three straight and are 9-3 over
their last dozen games, climbing into second place in the AL Central
… at 24-25.
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas belted his 37th home run on Wednesday evening, setting a new club record for homers in a single season. Moustakas had been tied with Steve Balboni, who hit 36 home runs in 1985.
The home run came on a 2-0, 82 MPH slider from Blue Jays reliever Carlos Ramirez, boosting the Royals’ lead to 13-0 in the top of the sixth inning.
Moustakas, 29, entered the night batting .271/.313/.523 with 82 RBI and 71 runs scored in 560 plate appearances.
Red Sox starter Chris Sale recorded his 300th strikeout of the 2017 season on Wednesday night against the Orioles. The momentous occasion occurred with two outs in the eighth inning. Facing Ryan Flaherty, Sale threw a slider that caught the strike zone low and inside for called strike three.
Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strikeout 300-plus batters in a season in the last 15 years. Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson accomplished the feat in 2002, and Johnson also did it in 2001 and 2000. Pedro Martinez had been the only other Red Sox pitcher to have a 300-strikeout season.
Through eight scoreless innings, Sale limited the Orioles to four hits with no walks and 13 strikeouts. The Red Sox offense gave him plenty of run support. Mookie Betts and Devin Marrero each hit two-run home runs in the fourth. Hanley Ramirez added a two-run double in the sixth and Dustin Pedroia hit a two-run double of his own in the eighth to make it 8-0.