Josh Beckett

The Red Sox and Rays played the 39th 1-0 game of 2011

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Sunday night’s 16-inning marathon won by the Red Sox was the 39th 1-0 game of 2011.  If that sounds like a lot, it is.  We’re currently on pace for the most 1-0 games since 1976.

With scoring depressed, the number of 1-0 games shot way up last year and has only continued to increase.  Here’s the number of 1-0 games each season since 1990:

1990 – 43
1991 – 55
1992 – 58
1993 – 36
1994 – 26
1995 – 29
1996 – 26
1997 – 29
1998 – 32
1999 – 27
2000 – 29
2001 – 36
2002 – 42
2003 – 31
2004 – 35
2005 – 40
2006 – 39
2007 – 34
2008 – 38
2009 – 36
2010 – 62
2011 – 39

At the current pace, we’d end this season with 66 1-0 games, the high total since there were 72 in 1976.

The Twins have been on the winning side of five of the 1-0 games this year, while the Indians and Dodgers have won three apiece.

On the other hand, the Padres have lost five 1-0 games, including one to the Twins back on June 18.  The Marlins and Nationals have both lost three 1-0 games.

Dodgers trade A.J. Ellis to the Phillies for Carlos Ruiz

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MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports that the Dodgers have acquired catcher Carlos Ruiz and cash from the Phillies in exchange for catcher A.J. Ellis, minor league pitcher Tommy Bergjans, and a player to be named later. It was reported on Wednesday that Ruiz and first baseman Ryan Howard both cleared waivers and that Ruiz was drawing interest from a couple of teams.

Ruiz, 37, has served as the backup catcher behind Cameron Rupp. Over 193 plate appearances, he hit .261/.368/.352. He continued to play solid defense and has always had a reputation for handling his pitchers very well. In fact, in a commercial for the video game MLB 2k11, former Phillie Roy Halladay essentially professed his love for Ruiz:

Ellis, 35, is a free agent after the season while Ruiz has a club option for the 2017 season worth $4.5 million. It seems likely that the Dodgers pick up that option and make Ruiz Grandal’s backup next year. Ellis hit a lousy .194/.285/.252 in 161 plate appearances, but the Phillies aren’t particularly concerned with his production since they’re still facilitating their rebuilding process.

Bergjans, 23, has spent the season with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. He’s posted a 4.98 ERA with a 133/29 K/BB ratio in 130 innings spanning 21 starts and three relief appearances. He went to school in Haverford, PA so the Phillies are bringing in a local guy.

Jose Bautista returns from the disabled list

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 29: Jose Bautista #19 of the Toronto Blue Jayshits a two-run home run in the fifth inning during MLB game action against the Boston Red Sox on May 29, 2016 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista has been activated from the 15-day disabled list ahead of Thursday night’s game against the Angels, the club announced. Utilityman Ryan Goins has been optioned to Triple-A Buffalo to create room on the roster.

Bautista missed the minimum 15 days due to a sprained left knee. He’s battled injuries throughout the season, limiting him to just 355 plate appearances over 80 games. He’ll resume play with a .222/.349/.444 triple-slash line, 15 home runs, and 48 RBI.

Bautista is in Thursday night’s starting lineup, batting first and serving as the DH.