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.)
Thursday is September 1, which means rosters expand. As a result, the Nationals plan to promote pitcher Mat Latos to the major league roster, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. Latos had an opt-out clause for Monday, but after discussing the matter with the team, he agreed to stay at Triple-A Syracuse until Thursday.
Latos, 28, put up a 4.62 ERA over 11 starts with the White Sox before being released in mid-June. Nearly two weeks later, he signed a minor league contract with the Nationals.
In the Nationals’ minor league system, Latos has made three starts for the club’s Gulf Coast League team as well as three for Syracuse. In aggregate, the right-hander has yielded six runs (four earned) on 20 hits and 10 walks with 28 strikeouts in 28 innings.
Latos will likely pitch out of a long relief role for the Nationals and can be used as starting rotation insurance as well.
Mark Buehrle hasn’t officially retired, but he hasn’t thrown a pitch in professional baseball since last October. Still, the Blue Jays wouldn’t mind having some insurance, so manager John Gibbons recently texted Buehrle, “You know, rosters expand in September,” Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.
Buehrle’s response? He texted back a picture of a lake. Sounds like he’s not interested in making a return, at least this year.
Last year, at the age of 36, Buehrle went 15-8 with a 3.81 ERA with a 91/33 K/BB ratio in 198 2/3 innings while leading the league with four complete games. He fell 1 1/3 innings shy of a 15th consecutive 200-inning season. There are many worse ways to end a career.