Second half tips off with a stinker from Bartolo Colon

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Bartolo Colon couldn’t make it through the first Thursday, giving up eight runs — three earned — in two-thirds of an inning against the Blue Jays.

Colon should have been out of the inning with the Yankees down 3-0, but third baseman Eduardo Nunez, who is expected to be an everyday player while Alex Rodriguez spends the next month rehabbing, committed his 11th error in the equivalent of 36 full games this season to extend the frame.

Colon went on to give up three more hits before being pulled in favor of Luis Ayala in a 7-0 game.  Ayala committed a run-scoring balk to make it 8-0 before retiring Jose Bautista to end the inning.

It was the first time this season that the Jays had scored eight runs in an inning.

The start matched the shortest of Colon’s career: he also lasted just two-thirds of an inning against the Mariners on April 9, 1997.  Colon gave up five runs in 5 2/3 innings versus the Rays in his final start before the break, so his ERA has jumped from 2.88 to 3.47 in the past 10 days.

Alex Dickerson to miss 2017 season after undergoing back surgery

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Padres’ outfielder Alex Dickerson won’t see PETCO Park anytime soon — at least, not as its starting left fielder. The 27-year-old was diagnosed with a bulging disc in his lower back prior to the start of the 2017 season, and hasn’t made any kind of substantial progress in the months since. According to Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune, he suffered a setback in his recovery process last week and is set to undergo a season-ending discectomy next Wednesday.

Over 285 plate appearances, Dickerson batted .257/.333/.455 with 10 home runs and a .788 OPS for the Padres in 2016. He missed several days with a right hip contusion last July, but hasn’t experienced any substantial health problems since undergoing surgery in 2014 to repair a torn ligament in his left ankle.

The expected recovery period for lower back surgery is 3-4 months, according to Lin, which puts Dickerson’s estimated return just a few days before the end of the regular season. The Padres aren’t scraping the bottom of the NL West, but their 29-44 record doesn’t bode well for a postseason run this year. Assuming Dickerson rehabs his back in a timely manner, he should be in fine form to enter the competition for left field next spring.

Video: Hanley Ramirez’s No. 250 career home run barely left the field

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Hanley Ramirez played a pivotal role during the Red Sox’ 9-4 win over the Angels on Friday night, crushing a two-run homer off of Alex Meyer to bring the Sox up to a four-run lead in the fourth inning.

Well, crushed might be the wrong word. The ball cleared the right field fence with a mere 350 feet, landing just beyond Pesky’s Pole to bring Ramirez’s career home run total to an even 250.

According to the ESPN Home Run Tracker, Ramirez’s milestone blast wasn’t the shortest home run of the year — not by a long shot. That distinction currently belongs to Rays’ outfielder Corey Dickerson, who skimmed the left field fence at Rogers Centre with a 326-foot homer back in April.