Dodgers activate Chad Billingsley from disabled list for tonight’s game

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The Dodgers have activated right-hander Chad Billingsley from the 15-day disabled list. He’ll make his return tonight against the Cardinals in St. Louis.

Billingsley hasn’t started since July 7 due to right elbow inflammation. While he didn’t make a minor league rehab start, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly told Ken Gurnick of MLB.com that they felt confident enough to bring him back after he completed a bullpen session yesterday.

Billingsley, who turns 28 on Saturday, has a 4.30 ERA and 100/34 K/BB ratio in 104 2/3 innings over 18 starts this season. His outing tonight is an important one, as the Dodgers continue to evaluate whether to upgrade their starting rotation or go after another bat in advance of next Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

Report: Mets ownership backs Terry Collins

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The Mets entered Sunday night’s game against the Pirates with a disappointing 20-27 record. While the club has dealt with a litany of injuries, manager Terry Collins has also drawn criticism for in-game decision-making, particularly regarding his decision-making.

Owner Fred Wilpon is still Collins’ strongest supporter, however, Newsday’s Marc Carig reports. As a result, the team is unlikely to make a managerial change anytime soon. If the Mets continue to struggle, though, ownership may feel pressured to make a change.

Collins became the longest-tenured manager in Mets history last week. Collins managed the Mets to a 77-85 record in 2011 and has overall helped the club go 501-518, winning the NL Pennant in 2015. He is not signed to a contract beyond this season.

Joe Mauer becomes first Twin to reach base seven times in a game since Rod Carew

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Twins first baseman Joe Mauer had a game for the record books on Sunday against the Rays. He finished 4-for-5 with an RBI double, a solo home run, two singles, and three walks in eight plate appearances. Unfortunately for him, the Twins still lost 8-6 in 15 innings.

ESPN’s Stats & Info notes that Mauer is the first Twin to reach base seven times in one game since Rod Carew in 1972 against the Brewers. The last player to reach base seven times in one game (without the aid of an error) was Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford on August 8 last season against the Marlins. The feat has only been accomplished seven times this decade, so about once a year.

After Sunday’s game, Mauer is batting .283/.363/.408 with three home runs, 18 RBI, and 23 runs scored in 171 plate appearances. Not too shabby.