The Red Sox designate Scott Schoeneweis for assignment

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Schoeneweiss Sox.jpgThe Red Sox told Scott Schoeneweis that he was being designated for assignment after last night’s game, ending his tenure in Boston. The actual move will come this morning, so the ten-day period during which the team has to trade him, release him or place him on waivers begins today.

It’s never a good thing to be kicked off the 40-man roster but, as many have noted, it’s a tougher thing for Scott Schoeneweis on this day. Why? Because today is the one-year anniversary of his wife’s death.  I don’t think you can expect the Red Sox or anyone else to not make these kinds of moves when they are necessary — almost every day was a bad day for someone — but this one has to sting particularly bad. The best you can say of it is that at least Schoeneweis will have a chance to be with his family today, which is how he’s viewing it:

“It’s nothing personal. It’s more difficult for me because it’s tough
for my kids. Tomorrow is going to be a difficult day for me and my
family anyway. But I guess everything happens for a reason, and I’ll be
home for them and for me. There are worse things, obviously, and I’ve
been through all that. We’ll be alright.”

Good luck to Schoeneweis. Here’s hoping, left arm willing, he turns up someplace else soon.

Astros’ bullpen throws combined one-hitter for MLB-best 30th win

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The Astros’ bullpen did yeoman’s work in place of the injured Dallas Keuchel on Monday against the Tigers. Keuchel is temporarily sidelined with a pinched nerve in his neck.

Brad Peacock made the spot start, limiting the Tigers to one hit and two walks with eight strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. Chris Devenski took over with one out in the fifth, finishing out that inning as well as the sixth and seventh, facing the minimum. Will Harris pitched a perfect eighth and Ken Giles closed out the 1-0 victory in the ninth. Devenski, Harris, and Giles each had two strikeouts.

The Astros scored their only run in the bottom of the first inning as George Springer drew a leadoff walk, then scored on Jose Altuve‘s one-out double. Tigers starter Brad Fulmer pitched well enough to win on most days, giving up the lone run in seven frames.

After Monday’s win, the Astros became the first team to reach 30 wins, sitting on a 30-15 record. With a +55 run differential, even their expected record matches up with their actual record.

Brandon Phillips hit his 200th career home run

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Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.

Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.