Red Sox, Twins pitchers lead the way when it comes to getting shelled

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Expanding on a tweet from ESPN’s Jeremy Lundblad, here’s the number of times each team in baseball has had a pitcher give up at least five earned runs this season.

14 – Red Sox
12 – Twins
8 – Rockies, Yankees
7 – Cubs, Mets
6 – Angels, Blue Jays, Braves, Mariners, Rangers, Royals, Tigers
5 – Athletics, Brewers, Diamondbacks, Giants, Padres
4 – Astros, Rays, Reds, White Sox
3 – Dodgers, Marlins, Orioles, Phillies, Pirates
2 – Nationals
1 – Cardinals, Indians

Aaron Cook was the victim for Boston today, giving up seven runs in 2 2/3 innings before coming out of his Red Sox debut against the Orioles.

The Orioles, at just three, are probably the surprise of the list with their hot start. They led the majors with 50 such outings of five or more earned runs last year, with the Twins right behind at 49. The Padres (18), Phillies (19) and Nationals (20) had the fewest last season.

Blue Jays sign Michael Saunders

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The Blue Jays have signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor-league deal, per a club announcement.

Saunders, of course, played for the Blue Jays in 2015 and 2016, putting up a line of .250/.336/.461 in 594 plate appearances. It was his good play in the first half of 2016, in fact, which earned him an All-Star spot and, presumably, made the Phillies think he was worth the $9 million deal they gave him over the offseason. That didn’t work out, as he hit .205/.257/.360 over 61 games and was released last week.

The Phillies will pay the rest of that $9 million. The Jays will see if he has anything in the tank to help them out.

Giants closer Mark Melancon is heading to the disabled list once again

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The Giants have placed closer Mark Melancon on the 10-day disabled list with a right pronator strain.

This is the same injury that sent him to the disabled list last month. He came back from that quickly, but it can’t be great that this is happening again. You have to assume he’ll miss more time given the recurrence of trouble. He’s going to get an MRI too. Sam Dyson is expected to serve as the Giants’ closer while Melancon is sidelined.

Melancon has a 4.35 ERA and 11 saves in 22 appearances this year. He signed a four-year, $62 million deal with San Francisco last December.