Doug Davis pitches Cubs past Yankees in interleague opener

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Friday’s lone day game had an unexpected result, as Doug Davis finally earned his first win as a Cub by shutting down the Yankees in a 3-1 victory.

The series represents the Yankees’ second trip to Wrigley Field during interleague play and the first since 2003.  A season-high 42,219 attended the game.

Davis entered the day 0-5 with a 5.90 ERA since joining the Cubs last month.  He hadn’t pitched more than 6 1/3 innings in any of his six starts this season.

Against the Yankees, though, he brought his ‘A’ game, taking a shutout into the eighth.  He was only charged with a run after he left, when Mark Teixeira singled in Nick Swisher from second off reliever Sean Marshall.

Carlos Marmol took over after that and got four outs, three coming via the K, for his 14th save.

The Yankees managed just five hits, three of them off Davis.  Swisher’s double, which knocked Davis from the game, was the only one that went for extra bases.

With just one run allowed in 7 1/3 innings, Davis dropped his ERA almost a full run to 4.95.

Freddy Garcia gave up all three runs for the Yankees in falling to 5-6.  The first two came quick, as a Kosuke Fukudome walk, a Starlin Castro double and an Aramis Ramirez single gave the Cubs a 2-0 lead in the first.

Another Castro double and Ramirez single resulted in the third run in the third.

Castro, who just reached five times in the win over the Brewers on Thursday, now has eight doubles in his last nine games.  His average stands at .314.

Drew Smyly has a torn UCL, will undergo Tommy John surgery

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Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that Mariners starter Drew Smyly has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery.

Smyly was diagnosed with a flexor strain in his left elbow at the end of spring training. He had been on the shelf since then, but was throwing bullpen sessions. He was set to throw his first simulated game today, but that was scratched after he said his arm didn’t feel right in his last throwing session. The Mariners called it “a little setback.” A reexamination shows that this is not little, obviously.

The Mariners acquired Smyly in January for outfielder Mallex Smith and two minor leaguers, and were expected to utilize the lefty as a core member of their rotation in 2017. Now he’s going to miss all of this season and, given that he’s on a one-year deal, will be released by the team at the end of the season. Odds are that he’ll be unable to pitch for most of 2018.

Tough break.

Miguel Montero to be designated for assignment

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A play in three acts:

I.

Miguel Montero talks smack about his teammate

II.

A team leader talks smack about Miguel Montero

III.

The Cubs get rid of Miguel Montero:

This is rather surprising. As I said in the last post, I figured he’d apologize today and it’d all be in the past. Guess not. Even more surprising: we learned earlier this week that the key to good clubhouse chemistry is having a teammate everyone hates. Guess that only works for the Giants.

Montero is making $14 million this season, so the Cubs are definitely eating some money to make a headache go away. They’re also losing some offensive production, as Montero has hit a nice .286/.366/.439 on the season. His terrible defense against opposing baserunners mitigates that, of course. And the whole “pissing off everyone in the clubhouse” thing isn’t exactly working out for him either, so here we are.

Oh well, have a good one, Miguel.