Brandon Morrow gets eight days off after 137-pitch outing

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Doing their best to take care of a young starter who was just extended far beyond his usual limits, the Blue Jays have pushed Brandon Morrow’s next outing back to Aug. 17, meaning he’ll work on eight days’ rest.
Morrow threw a career-high 137 pitches in his brilliant one-hitter Sunday against the Rays.
To help out, the Blue Jays will recall Marc Rzepczynski to start Friday in Morrow’s spot. Brad Mills will be sent down after he pitches Thursday, though he figures to rejoin the rotation later this month.
Going into Sunday, Morrow’s career high for pitches was 116, which came against the Yankees back on July 4.
The Blue Jays will probably be careful with Morrow in September, too. The 26-year-old former reliever is currently up to 127 1/3 innings. He threw 124 2/3 innings between Triple-A and the majors last year, and the Blue Jays probably won’t want him go much higher than 160 this year. That could lead to him being shut down for the final two or three weeks.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. lays out to make a great catch in deep right-center field

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Cubs center fielder Albert Almora, Jr. robbed Giants first baseman Brandon Belt of at least a double in the top of the first inning of Monday’s game at Wrigley Field. Almora completely left his feet to catch the ball before landing just shy of the warning track.

The Giants took the early lead two batters prior to Belt’s at-bat as Joe Panik hit a solo home run to center field.

Anibal Sanchez accepts optional assignment to Triple-A

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The Tigers announced on Monday that pitcher Anibal Sanchez has accepted an optional assignment to Triple-A Toledo. Pitcher Warwick Saupold was recalled from Toledo to take Sanchez’s roster spot.

Sanchez, 33, continued to struggle this season pitching out of the bullpen. He gave up 26 runs (21 earned) on 34 hits and nine walks with 22 strikeouts in 21 innings. Nine of those 34 hits were home runs. Sanchez finished the 2015 season with a 4.99 ERA and last season with a 5.87 ERA, so he’s had a rough go of it in recent years.

The decision to go to Triple-A was Sanchez’s, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports. Sanchez wants to be stretched out as a starting pitcher again.