White Sox exercise 2010 options on Garcia, Thornton

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As expected, this afternoon the White Sox exercised their 2010 options on Freddy Garcia and Matt Thornton.
Thornton is a no-brainer at $2.25 million, because he’s been one of the premier setup men in the league since arriving via trade with the Mariners in the spring of 2006. Thornton was a huge disappointment in Seattle and the Mariners basically gave him away for fellow bust Joe Borchard, but he’s gone 20-13 with a 3.31 ERA and 268 strikeouts in 250 innings during four years in Chicago’s bullpen.
Injuries have limited Garcia to just 129 innings over the past three seasons, but he showed enough by going 3-4 with a 4.34 ERA down the stretch that the White Sox like him as a $1 million fifth starter. Garcia is 34 years old and rarely cracks 90 miles per hour at this point, so his days of being an impact pitcher are over, but if healthy he should be a solid No. 5 guy behind what could be the league’s strongest front four in Jake Peavy, Mark Buehrle, John Danks, and Gavin Floyd.

Jon Niese leaves start with knee pain

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 17:  Jonathon Niese #49 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 17, 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)
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Mets starter Jon Niese left his start Tuesday night against the Cardinals due to left knee pain.

Niese walked two and gave up an RBI single before leaving with a trainer with one out in the bottom of the first inning. He was eventually charged with three earned runs. Robert Gsellman, just up from Las Vegas, took over, making his major league debut under unexpected circumstances.

Niese, who has not pitched well at all since coming over in a trade with the Pirates, is likely to be placed on the disabled list after the game or before tomorrow’s game.

Mark Trumbo’s home run streak ends

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 11:  Mark Trumbo #45 of the Baltimore Orioles hits an RBI single against the Oakland Athletics during the fourth inning at the Oakland Coliseum on August 11, 2016 in Oakland, California. The Baltimore Orioles defeated the Oakland Athletics 9-6. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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Mark Trumbo still has many chances to hit a home run tonight — it’s only been an inning or so in the Nats-Orioles game — but his weird home run streak is over.

Coming into tonight’s game, Trumbo’s last seven hits had been homers. The all-time record had been 11, set by Mark McGwire back in 2001. The last time Trumbo got a hit that wasn’t a dong was back on August 11. Later in that game, however, he hit a grand slam. After that he went 6 for his next 34, with all those safeties dingers.

But that’s over now. In the first inning tonight he drove in a run with a two-out single. Then he was thrown out trying to stretch it to two. Good job on the RBIs, Mark. Bad job on the base running. Judgment withheld on the homer streak because, really, that’s just kind of weird and cool.