Red Sox, Dodgers among those vying for Scutaro

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Thumbnail image for marco scutaro.jpgAugusto Cardenas, a Venezuelan baseball writer from Diario Panorama, writes that the Dodgers, Mariners, Rangers and Red Sox are among the teams interested in free agent infielder Marco Scutaro.



According to a series of “tweets” by Cardenas, Scutaro
would prefer to sign with the Red Sox or Dodgers, as he would have a
better chance of reaching the playoffs. Scutaro said the Dodgers want
him to play second base, while the Red Sox have approached him about
their vacancy at shortstop. Others, according to Cardenas, would want him to play third base, though a specific team wasn’t mentioned
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Scutaro hasn’t ruled out returning
to the Blue Jays, but he is more likely to get a multi-year contract
from another club. Toronto is expected to offer the 34-year-old
arbitration next week.




If Cardenas‘ name sounds familiar, it should. He was the one who ruffled some feathers by breaking the Erik Bedard-to-Seattle trade two years ago. This report is much less controversial, of course, since he talked to the subject in question and the Red Sox and Dodgers are pretty logical landing spots for Scutaro.

Kris Bryant exits game with sprained right ankle

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The Cubs had a scare on Wednesday night when third baseman Kris Bryant left with an apparent ankle injury. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Nationals catcher Matt Wieters hit a pop up that veered just into foul territory near the third base bag. Bryant caught it but his momentum took him back into fair territory. In doing so, he stepped awkwardly on the third base bag and appeared to twist his ankle. Bryant needed the assistance of manager Joe Maddon and the team trainer to get off the field.

Bryant was diagnosed with a mild ankle sprain, CSN Chicago’s Patrick Mooney reports.

Bryant was 2-for-3 on the night before departing and being replaced by Jeimer Candelario. He’s now hitting .264/.395/.520 with 16 home runs and 32 RBI in 329 plate appearances. Needless to say, the 39-39 Cubs would see their playoff odds hurt immensely if Bryant were to miss a significant amount of time.

Miguel Sano will participate in the 2017 Home Run Derby

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Hector Gomez reports Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will participate in the 2017 Home Run Derby, to be held in two weeks at Marlins Park in Miami. So far, Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is the only other confirmed participant.

Sano, 24, is having an outstanding season, batting .274/.375/.548 with 18 home runs and 53 RBI in 293 plate appearances. According to MLB’s Statcast, only Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge (96.7 MPH) has a higher average exit velocity than Sano (96.4 MPH).

Brian Dozier was the last member of the Twins to participate in the Home Run Derby. In 2014 at Target Field, Dozier failed to make it into the second round after hitting only two home runs. Justin Morneau is the only Twin to have ever won the Home Run Derby, as he beat Josh Hamilton 5-3 in the finals of the 2008 Derby at Yankee Stadium — although Hamilton out-homered him in total 35 to 22.