Jon Lester insists extra rest afforded him was precautionary

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Red Sox starter Jon Lester reiterated to reporters earlier that the team’s decision to have him make his second-half debut on Tuesday was simply precautionary rather than due to an injury. After a strong start to the season, Lester has hit the skids, posting a 6.27 ERA in his last 11 starts.

Lester threw a 35-pitch bullpen today, then spoke to the media about the extra rest afforded him. Via WEEI’s Alex Speier:

“We have the opportunity to do it, so, sitting down and talking about it, we felt like it was a good time. We moved it to Tuesday, and everything’s fine,” said Lester. “Just getting ready for Tuesday. Nothing out of the ordinary, nothing crazy. Just kind of a normal day in the life of me.”

Lester also refused to blame his struggles on any kind of injury. The lefty will oppose Roberto Hernandez of the Rays on Tuesday.

The Mariners turned an odd triple play with the help of Evan Gattis

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Astros DH Evan Gattis unwittingly helped the Mariners complete a triple play in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon’s game at Safeco Field. The Astros put runners on first and second on consecutive singles by Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa, bringing Gattis to the plate.

Gattis check-swung at a first-pitch curve from Marco Gonzales, hitting a grounder to third base. Kyle Seager stepped on the third base bag and then threw to second base for the second out. There was not nearly enough time for Robinson Cano to get the throw to first base to complete a triple play. Gattis ostensibly lost track of the number of outs in the inning, so he just circled back to the dugout and the Mariners completed their triple play since Gattis went out of the baseline.

That’s the first triple play of the 2018 season. It’s the Mariners’ first triple play since July 26, 2015 against the Blue Jays.