Josh Hamilton hits walkoff homer as Rangers top A’s 7-6

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Playing with a heavy heart hasn’t slowed Josh Hamilton.

The 2010 AL MVP delivered a two-run homer off Andrew Bailey in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rangers a 7-6 win over the A’s on Saturday.

It was the first homer allowed by Bailey in 15 innings this season, and it traveled 435 feet into the second deck of seats in right field.

Hamilton finished the game 4-for-5 with three RBI.  Two of his other three hits were doubles.  The walkoff homer was the second of his career.  The other came off the Angels’ Francisco Rodriguez on the same date three years ago.

The Rangers have won six games in a row, and tonight was their 50th of the season.  They’re the third AL team to reach that plateau, joining the Red Sox and the Yankees, and they lead the Angels by one game in the AL West.

Rubby De La Rosa to undergo a second Tommy John Surgery

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This is unfortunate: Diamondbacks reliever Rubby De La Rosa will undergo Tommy John surgery. This will be the second Tommy John procedure of his career, the first coming back in 2011.

De La Rosa has had elbow  issues for his entire career. Last year his UCL was barking again and he underwent stem cell therapy to try to avoid a second surgery, but it obviously hasn’t worked out. He’s pitched in only nine games this year, allowing four earned runs in seven and two-thirds innings, striking out 12.

I first saw De La Rosa in spring training in 2011. I thought his stuff was pretty phenomenal and figured he’d be a good one. Great stuff is often a function of heavy strain on an elbow, however, and pitchers breaking is, unfortunately, the rule in baseball far more than the exception.

He’ll miss a year at least. We likely won’t see him until spring of 2019, most likely on a minor league deal.

Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal to be examined for arm tightness

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Cardinal closer Trevor Rosenthal was taken out of last night’s game against the Red Sox after he gave up a big homer and a walk. He velocity was down as well, and Mike Mathney said after the game that he didn’t look right. Now the Cardinals are going to take a closer look at him, and he’ll be examined today for what is being described as “tightness” in his right arm.

Rosenthal is 3-4 with a 3.40 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 76/20 in 47.2 innings. He has 11 saves after regaining the closer’s job from Seung Hwan Oh. Now some combination of Oh, Tyler Lyons, and John Brebbia will fill in for Rosenthal to the extent he needs to miss time.