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AL wins interleague play for eighth consecutive season, but just barely

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For the eighth season in a row the American League has topped the National League during interleague play, but it was a lot closer than most of those years.

With a record of 131-121 the AL had a winning percentage of .520, which is their lowest interleague mark since 2004:

2011     .520
2010     .532
2009     .548
2008     .591
2007     .544
2006     .611
2005     .540
2004     .504

Over the course of a 162-game season a .520 winning percentage is the equivalent to going 84-78. Overall the all-time interleague standings have the AL up 1,939 to 1,773, which is a .522 winning percentage and equal to an 85-77 record.

How long has it been since the NL won interleague play? That season the list of players making their MLB debuts included Miguel Cabrera, Mark Teixeira, Hideki Matsui, Chase Utley, Jason Bay, Justin Morneau, Jose Reyes, Brandon Webb, Dan Haren, and Dontrelle Willis.

Shawn Tolleson becomes a free agent

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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 strongly considering starting Carlos Santana in left field sans DH

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 19:  Carlos Santana #41 of the Cleveland Indians celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the third inning against Marco Estrada #25 of the Toronto Blue Jays during game five of the American League Championship Series at Rogers Centre on October 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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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,’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.