Rangers activate Josh Hamilton, Nelson Cruz and call up Japanese reliever

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As expected, the Rangers activated both Josh Hamilton (arm) and Nelson Cruz (quad) from the disabled list on Monday.  But they also made another move, bringing up reliever Yoshinori Tateyama from Triple-A Round Rock.

The 35-year-old Tateyama, who was signed to a one-year deal in the offseason, had a 2.14 ERA and a 26/4 K/BB ratio in 21 innings for the Express.  Righties hit just .186 off him, and the Rangers might be hoping he can do a Darren O’Day approximation in a setup role.

Of course, Hamilton and Cruz will make bigger impacts.  Hamilton is batting third and DHing tonight against the White Sox, while Cruz is hitting sixth and playing left field.

Getting dropped from the roster to make room were infielder Chris Davis, third catcher Taylor Teagarden and right-hander Cody Eppley.

Davis hit .250/.321/.479 with three homers in 48 at-bats during his time with the Rangers, so he didn’t hurt his trade value at all.

Yadier Molina leaves game after taking two foul balls to the mask

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The St. Louis Cardinals have been eliminated from contention for the NL Central crown and are hanging on by the thinnest of threads in the race for the second NL Wild Card, two and a half games back of the Rockies with the Brewers in between. Last night those dim playoff hopes took what may have been a fatal blow thanks to a couple of foul balls that knocked Yadier Molina out of the game and, possibly, out for the season.

In the seventh inning of last night’s Cubs-Cardinals game Molina took a Kris Bryant foul ball off of his mask. It sent him to his knees. He gathered himself, set back up and, on the very next pitch, took a second foul ball, right to the mask. He was much slower in rising that time and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny immediately — and wisely — pulled Molina from the game.

Molina is being monitored for a concussion. Whether he has one or not, prudence would dictate sitting him down for the rest of what are likely the Cardinals final six games of 2017.

Addison Russell delivered nachos to a Cardinals fan last night

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Last night, in the Cubs-Cardinals game in St. Louis, Cubs shortstop Addison Russell dove into the stands to catch a foul ball. As so often happens in such instances, a fan’s food got disrupted. Specifically, a plate of nachos. That’s sad, but as we learned last week, if you sit down close where there is no netting, you assume the risk of loss!

Russell, though, did the guy a solid. A couple of innings later when he came out for the bottom half, Russell delivered the fan a new plate of nachos. He even posed for a selfie with the guy. That’s beyond solid. Watch:

After the game Russell explained his actions, saying “You don’t want to get in front of a man and his nachos.” Especially that guy’s nachos. Good play Addison.