Making just his fifth career start in center field, Jason Heyward robbed the Mets of a potential walk-off victory this evening at Citi Field.
With runners on first and second and two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning, Justin Turner hit a ball off Craig Kimbrel which appeared destined to fall in the left-center field gap. However, Heyward got on his horse to make an all-out diving catch to secure a 2-1 victory. Check out the video here.
Heyward missed the previous six games with a hamstring strain, but it looks like he’s doing just fine. Per Mark Bowman of MLB.com, here’s how Heyward explained his decision on the do-or-die play:
The Braves have signed reliever Blaine Boyer to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training, MLB.com’s Mark Bowman reports. Bowman adds that the right-hander has a “good chance” to make the Braves’ bullpen out of spring training.
Boyer, 35, spent the past season with the Brewers, finishing with a 3.95 ERA and a 26/17 K/BB ratio in 66 innings.
Boyer, of course, started his professional baseball career with the Braves as they selected him in the third round of the 2000 draft. Since the Braves traded him in 2009, Boyer has pitched for the Cardinals, Diamondbacks, Mets, Padres, and Twins along with the Brewers.
Update (6:48 PM EST): Topkin reports the contract will be of the major league variety.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays and free agent reliever Shawn Tolleson are close to finalizing a contract.
Tolleson, who turns 29 years old on Thursday, had an ugly 2016 season, finishing with a 7.68 ERA and a 29/10 K/BB ratio in 36 1/3 innings. He was one of the Rangers’ best relievers in the two seasons prior to that, however, which included saving 35 games in 2015.