Philadelphia Phillies v Cincinnati Reds, Game 3

Johnny Cueto leaves start with forearm tightness


Johnny Cueto was originally scheduled to throw four innings against the Rangers this afternoon, but he was pulled from his start after just two innings due to forearm tightness.

It’s easy for your imagination to run wild when a pitcher comes down with forearm tightness, but Reds head trainer Paul Lessard told Mark Sheldon of that Cueto exited the game for precautionary reasons.

“He had tightness in his mid-forearm, not the elbow, which is good. Rather than keep sending him out there, we set him down so it doesn’t turn into anything. It was more precautionary than anything else.”

The injury isn’t believed to be serious, but Cueto will be checked out by Reds medical director Dr. Tim Kremchek tomorrow.

Cueto, 25, is 32-32 with a 4.27 ERA over his first 92 major league starts, including a career-best 12 wins and 3.64 ERA last season. The Reds and Cueto avoided arbitration in January by agreeing to a four-year, $27 million contract with a club option for 2015.

Padres announce Pat Murphy won’t return as manager in 2016

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Per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, the Padres have announced that interim manager Pat Murphy won’t return as the team’s manager in 2016. Haudricourt adds that Brewres manager Craig Counsell tried to get Murphy on his staff, and says to look for Murphy to join the Brewers for the 2016 season.

Murphy led the Padres to a 42-53 record after Bud Black was fired in June. He had previously managed for two years with Single-A Eugene in 2011-12, and at Triple-A Tucson and El Paso in 2013-14.

Former major leaguer Phil Nevin is a candidate for the Padres’ vacant managing position, according to Scott Miller of Bleacher Report.

Royals clinch home field advantage, best record in the American League

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With a 6-1 win over the Twins in Sunday’s season finale, the Royals clinched the best record in the American League, which nets them home field advantage in the ALDS and ALCS. The Royals stand at 95-67 while the Blue Jays, who lost on Sunday, finish at 93-69.

95-67 is the Royals’ best record since finishing 97-65 in 1980, when they lost the World Series to the Phillies. Their division title is their first since 1985.

In the ALDS, which starts on Thursday, the Royals will host the winner of the AL Wild Card game between the Astros and Yankees. They are looking to avenge last year’s World Series loss, in seven games, to the Giants. The Blue Jays will host the Rangers in the other ALDS series.