Red Sox, Rangers talking Koji Uehara, Jed Lowrie

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According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the Red Sox have joined the Orioles in asking the Rangers about Koji Uehara, and with Texas known to be interested in infielder Jed Lowrie, there would seem to be a fit.

Texas lost faith in Uehara after he got shelled in the postseason, so it’s no surprise that he’s been made available. However, the 36-year-old has posted a 2.56 ERA and an 147/17 K/BB ratio out of the pen the last two years. The Red Sox wouldn’t necessarily see him as a closer, but he’d have a chance to occupy a key role in the seventh and eighth innings.

Lowrie, 27, has struggled to stay healthy as a major leaguer, but he could well be an above average regular at second base or an adequate one at third base if he can shake the injuries. The Rangers would use him as a utilityman. He hit .252/.303/.382 in 309 at-bats for the Red Sox last season.

Noah Syndergaard scratched with a “tired arm”

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Mets manager Terry Collins says that he has scratched Noah Syndergaard, who was supposed to start this afternoon’s game against the Braves. In his place will go Matt Harvey.

Syndergaard, Collins says, has “tired arm.” But also says he has some discomfort in his right biceps. He will have an MRI, but Syndergaard says it’s not serious and that he could pitch as soon as Sunday. Collins says this is an abundance-of-caution type thing, saying “we can’t take a chance on this guy.” Which is true.

The Mets ace is 1-1 with a 1.73 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 26 innings. He has walked no one this year. Not a soul.

James Paxton has a fantastic new nickname

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James Paxton of the Mariners is 3-0 with a 1.39 ERA, 39 strikeouts and only six walks in 32.1 innings of work over five starts. Last night he shut the Tigers down, tossing seven shutout innings, striking out nine and allowing only four hits. With Felix Hernandez looking less than king-like lately, Paxton is asserting himself as the new ace of the Seattle staff.

And now the tall Canadian native has a nickname to match his ace-like status:

“Pax was really outstanding and we certainly needed it,” manager Scott Servais said of the Canadian southpaw. “Big Maple is what he was nicknamed tonight and I kind of like that. He was awesome.”

“Big Maple” is a fantastic nickname. That’s the sort of nickname guys used to get back when nicknames were great. Before managers just put “y” at the end of dudes’ names and before the “First Initial-First Three Letters of The Last Name” convention took hold in the wake of A-Rod.

“Big Maple.” That makes me smile. I’m gonna be smiling all dang day because of that.