Norris fans a record 14 batters in win over Pirates

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Astros starter Bud Norris set a Minute Maid Park record on Saturday, striking out 14 batters over seven innings in a 3-2 victory over the Pirates

Norris is an odd talent.  He’ll show flashes of great potential, then get totally shelled next time out.  It’s partly control problems, and partly the fact that he is still learning.  Either way, the 25-year-old’s fastball is consistently clocked in the mid-90s and he has a slider that serves as a quality out pitch when it’s moving how he wants. 

Norris is averaging 9.75 strikeouts per nine innings this season and ran into an awful Pirates team.  It was a match made in heaven, and he made it work in record-breaking fashion.  Now look for him to be blown up next time out against the Mets.

Report: Momentum in talks between Mariners, Jon Jay

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that there is some momentum in talks between the Mariners and free agent outfielder Jon Jay.

Jay, 32, hit .296/.374/.375 in 433 plate appearances with the Cubs last season, which is adequate. He’s heralded more for his defense and his ability to play all three outfield spots.

The Mariners are losing center fielder Jarrod Dyson to free agency and likely don’t want to rely on Guillermo Heredia next season, hence the interest in Jay. The free agent class for center fielders is otherwise relatively weak.