Rangers promote Cuban defector Leonys Martin to Triple-A

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Cuban defector Leonys Martin, who received a $15.5 million deal from the Rangers back in May, was promoted from Double-A Frisco to Triple-A Round Rock on Saturday.

He’ll replace Julio Borbon as Round Rock’s center fielder after Borbon went on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle.

The 23-year-old Martin hit .348/.435/.571 with four homers and 24 RBI in 112 at-bats for Frisco.  He struck out just eight times in 29 games.  The only unimpressive thing about his stint in the Texas League was that he was caught eight times in 18 steal attempts.

If Martin can keep it going in Triple-A, he might get a chance to take over from Endy Chavez as the Rangers’ primary center fielder for the final two months of the season.

Another young fan was struck by a foul ball, this time at Guaranteed Rate Field

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ESPN reports via the Associated Press that a young boy was struck by a line drive foul ball but was not seriously injured during Sunday afternoon’s game against the Royals. The boy and a woman were escorted by a first aid crew to the concourse area and the boy was later eating ice cream in a luxury suite.

A woman was struck in the face by a foul ball also on the first base side at Guaranteed Rate Field on Friday, but she didn’t request medical assistance.

Last week, a young fan at Yankee Stadium was hit by a line drive foul ball, which motivated several teams to commit to extending protective netting at their ballparks. The Yankees, strangely, were not among them. Nor were the White Sox.

Diamondbacks clinch NL Wild Card

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Losses by the Cardinals to the Pirates and the Brewers to the Cubs on Sunday clinched an NL Wild Card berth for the Diamondbacks. Their walk-off, 3-2 win over the Marlins earned them hosting rights for the Wild Card game.

The D-Backs, now 90-66, trailed the Marlins 2-1 going into the bottom of the eighth. Daniel Descalso tied the game at two apiece with an RBI single off of Brad Ziegler. Second half hero J.D. Martinez secured the win with a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the ninth against Javy Guerra.

The Rockies beat the Padres on Sunday to increase their lead over the Brewers (+2) and Cardinals (+2.5) for the second Wild Card slot. One of these three teams will visit Arizona for the Wild Card game.

The Diamondbacks are back in the playoffs for the first time since 2011, when they lost the Division Series in five games to the Brewers.