Giants looking to trade Kevin Frandsen

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Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that “the Giants have made it known widely throughout baseball that they are willing to trade infielder Kevin Frandsen.”
According to Schulman the Giants recently showcased Frandsen at shortstop for any interested teams because Matt Downs has passed him on their infield depth chart, but few people seem to think the 28-year-old can still handle the position defensively after a torn Achilles’ tendon caused him to miss all of 2008.
He had a solid bounce-back season at Triple-A, batting .295/.352/.438 with 13 homers in 110 games, but went just 7-for-50 (.140) with the Giants and is a career .240/.304/.341 hitter in 453 plate appearances as a big leaguer. Frandsen’s track record suggests he’s better than that, but his bat is likely at most a tick above utility man-caliber and as strictly a second baseman his glove may not even be that good.

Albert Pujols hit his 597th career home run

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Angels DH Albert Pujols smacked his 597th career home run, a two-run shot in the top of the first inning during Wednesday night’s 5-2 loss to the Rays. The blast was off of Erasmo Ramirez and marked No. 6 on the season for the future Hall of Famer.

Pujols finished 1-for-3 with the homer and a walk. After Wednesday’s game, he’s hitting a lackluster .244/.296/.378 with 34 RBI and 14 runs scored in 186 trips to the plate.

Pujols currently ranks ninth on baseball’s all-time leaderboard and is three shy of joining the 600-homer club. He’s currently 13 home runs away from tying Sammy Sosa for eighth all-time.

Chris Sale’s streak of starts with at least 10 strikeouts ends

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Red Sox starter Chris Sale entered Wednesday’s outing against the Rangers with at least 10 strikeouts in eight consecutive starts, tying a record he already shared with Pedro Martinez. He failed do break the record, racking up only six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. Fortunately, the Red Sox scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to put him in line for the win. Sale gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk.

After Wednesday’s outing, Sale is sitting on a 2.34 ERA with a 101/14 K/BB ratio in 73 innings. So far, so good for the Red Sox, who acquired Sale from the White Sox in December.

Sale previously racked up 10 strikeouts in eight consecutive games between May 23 and June 30 in 2015 with the White Sox. Pedro Martinez accomplished the feat for the Red Sox between August 19 and September 27 in 1999.