Street's injury has Rockies interested in Beimel

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the Rockies have “expressed interest” in free agent reliever Joe Beimel following yesterday’s news that closer Huston Street will likely begin the season on the disabled list.
Last month the Mets were said to be making a run at Beimel, but he remains unsigned deep into spring training much like last year, when the left-hander agreed to a $2 million deal with the Nationals in mid-March.
Franklin Morales is first in line to replace Street at closer, which would potentially open up another spot in the setup corps for a southpaw like Beimel. Right now the Rockies have scrap-heap veterans Jimmy Gobble and Randy Flores competing for a possible left-handed specialist role created by Morales moving to the ninth inning.

Watch: Brian McCann’s incredible tag nails Greg Bird at home plate

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Things got a little wild in the fifth inning of Game 7 of the ALCS on Saturday. With one out and runners at the corners, Astros’ right-hander Charlie Morton fired a 1-1 fastball to Todd Frazier. Frazier returned the ball to third baseman Alex Bregman, who tossed a perfect throw over to Brian McCann at the plate just as Greg Bird came charging home. McCann’s setup was flawless, nailing Bird as he slid into the plate and nullifying the Yankees’ first real attempt to get on the board.

That’s as close as the Yankees have come to scoring so far. The Astros took an early 1-0 lead with Evan Gattis‘ 405-footer off of CC Sabathia in the top of the fourth inning. Jose Altuve chimed in with an opposite-field solo shot in the fifth, while McCann followed his lead-preserving tag with an equally jaw-dropping two-out, two-RBI double. Houston currently leads 4-0 in the bottom of the fifth.