Rain costs Wilin Rosario his shot at history

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Wilin Rosario homered and singled Tuesday against the Cubs, but he wasn’t able to record his fifth straight three-hit game before rain got the game called after 6 1/2 innings.

Rosario did have four at-bats, so it’s not as though the rain completely robbed him. However, he likely would have had one more at-bat had the game gone nine. The Rockies were leading 10-5 when the game ended.

Rosario was trying to become the first player since George Brett in 1976 to record five straight three-hit games. Brett actually had six in a row from May 13-18. No one since has had more than four in a row. Torii Hunter was the last to accomplish that earlier this year.

Rosario raised his average from .253 to .276 by going 14-for-21 over his last five games. The rookie catcher is now up to 27 homers this season.

Brandon McCarthy wins final spot in Dodgers’ rotation

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We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.

McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.

Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.

Yankees re-sign Jon Niese to a minor league deal

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The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.

Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.

Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.