It is August 7. On this date in baseball history, Satchel Paige became the oldest pitcher in major league history* to throw a complete-game shutout at the age of 46 (1952), Orioles third baseman Brooks Robinson set a major league record after hitting into his fifth career triple play (1967), Roberto Clemente became the first Latin-born player to be elected into the Hall of Fame (1973), and the Mets signed David Wright to a six-year, $55 million contract (2006).
* A 47-year-old Jamie Moyer would later top Paige’s feat, shutting out the Braves in 2010.
Your Saturday box scores:
Yankees 4, Red Sox 10
Reds 4, Cubs 11
Blue Jays 2, Orioles 6
Phillies 2, Giants 1
Tigers 4, Royals 3
Brewers 7, Astros 5
White Sox 6, Twins 1
Padres 13, Pirates 2
Athletics 8, Rays 0
Cardinals 2, Marlins 1
Dodgers 5, Diamondbacks 3
Nationals 7, Rockies 15
Braves 7, Mets 11
Mariners 5, Angels 1
Indians 7, Rangers 5
Jon Morosi of MLB Network and FOX Sports reports that the Mariners have acquired starter Chris Heston from the Giants. The Giants will receive a player to be named later, per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Heston, 28, logged only five innings in the majors this past season as he battled an oblique injury and otherwise spent most of his time with Triple-A Sacramento. Heston was solid out of the Giants’ rotation in 2015, posting a 3.95 ERA with a 141/64 K/BB ratio in 177 2/3 innings over 31 starts.
Heston will be under team control through 2021. He’ll provide depth for the Mariners’ rotation in the meantime.
Joe Nathan‘s agent, David Pepe, says his client wants to pitch in 2017, per ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick. “He’s like the Energizer Bunny,” Pepe said.
Nathan, 42, came back from Tommy John surgery in July, pitching two scoreless innings for the Cubs with four strikeouts and two walks. The Cubs released him and the Giants picked him up, and Nathan went on to pitch 4 1/3 scoreless innings down the stretch with five strikeouts and two walks.
According to FanGraphs, Nathan’s velocity wasn’t where it used to be, which is to be expected of a pitcher in his 40’s coming back from major elbow surgery. Still, with teams always on the hunt for bullpen depth, it would be shocking if Nathan didn’t get any bites before spring training starts.