"American Idle" no more: Carl Pavano is thriving in Minnesota

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Carl Pavano became a punchline during his time in New York because of injuries and an overall lack of durability, but he’s healthy now and has been one of the league’s biggest workhorses this season.
Pavano shut out the Orioles last night for his second straight complete game and fourth complete game in his last seven starts, improving to 12-6 with a 3.26 ERA in 20 starts this season.
He now ranks second in the league with five complete games and third in the league with 143.2 innings, which is just two fewer frames than he threw during his entire four-year stint with the Yankees.
Minnesota acquired Pavano from Cleveland last August for a mid-level prospect named Yohan Pino and then re-signed him to a one-year deal this offseason. He’s now made 32 total starts for the Twins, which is basically one full season’s worth of action, and is 17-10 with a 3.73 ERA and 140/35 K/BB ratio in 217.1 innings.
Since the trade Roy Halladay, Felix Hernandez, Adam Wainwright, and CC Sabathia are the only pitchers in baseball to log more innings than Pavano.

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.