Things are looking up for the Red Sox. Dustin Pedroia hit a solo homer in the top of the fifth to put Boston back on top in Baltimore, while Mark Teixeira added a solo shot to go along with his grand slam as the Yankees upped their lead to 6-0 over the Rays.
Pedroia’s homer made it a 3-2 game. David Ortiz followed with a single that knocked Orioles starter Alfredo Simon out of the game. Troy Patton has taken over.
Jon Lester, working on three days’ rest, has thrown 57 pitches through four innings. Outside of J.J. Hardy’s two-run homer, he’s been strong, striking out four and walking one.
The Rangers outrighted reliever Shawn Tolleson off the 40-man roster on Wednesday. Rather than accept the assignment to Triple-A Round Rock, Tolleson has opted to become a free agent, Rangers executive VP of communications John Blake reports.
Tolleson, 28, emerged as a closer for the Rangers in 2015, but his follow-up campaign this year was dreadful. He finished with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He eventually went on the 60-day disabled list with a back injury.
Despite the nightmarish season, it’s easy to see a team deciding to take a flier on Tolleson for the 2017 season.
Indians slugger Carlos Santana hasn’t played in the outfield in a major league game since 2012, but the Indians are strongly considering starting him in left field for Game 3 of the World Series at Wrigley Field on Friday, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. As the game is hosted in a National League park, there is no DH rule in effect, so the Indians might otherwise have to keep Santana on the bench.
Santana is hitless in six at-bats in the World Series thus far, but he has drawn two walks. He has overall not had a great postseason, carrying an aggregate .564 OPS in 40 plate appearances since the beginning of the playoffs. Still, during the regular season, he had an .865 OPS so he can certainly be a threat on offense at any given moment.