Although he was just a triple away from the cycle, Carl Crawford was pulled early from Wednesday’s rout of the Indians. As if to make up for it, he tripled twice today as part of a second straight four-hit game as the Red Sox beat the Tigers 14-1 in a rain-shortened game.
It’s the first time in his career that Crawford has had back-to-back four-hit days and the eighth time he tripled twice. He homered and doubled twice on Wednesday, giving him five extra-base hits in two days, and he’s raised his average from .212 to .240.
With Crawford streaking, the Red Sox have won their last two games by a combined score of 28-3. Today they roughed up one of the AL’s best pitchers in Max Scherzer. They’re the first team since the Rangers on Aug. 10 & 12, 2008 to score 14 runs in back-to-back games.
(Incidentally, the 2008 Rangers lost the second of those games, 19-17, to the Red Sox.)
The Rangers outrighted reliever Shawn Tolleson off the 40-man roster on Wednesday. Rather than accept the assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, Tolleson has opted to become a free agent, Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake reports.
Tolleson, 28, emerged as a closer for the Rangers in 2015, but his follow-up campaign this year was dreadful. He finished with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He eventually went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.
Despite the nightmarish season, it’s easy to see a team deciding to take a flier on Tolleson for the 2017 season.
Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.
Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.