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Braves showing interest in Padres’ Joe Thatcher

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From FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal comes word that the Braves “have shown interest” in acquiring left-handed reliever Joe Thatcher from the Padres.

Rosenthal notes that other teams are in the mix.

Thatcher, 31, has posted a dominant 2.15 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 29/4 K/BB ratio in 29 1/3 innings of relief this season for San Diego while holding left-handed batters to a .190/.235/.206 slash line. He’s making $1.35 million this summer and will be arbitration-eligible for third and final time heading into 2014.

A shutdown lefty specialist would be the perfect pickup for a first-place Atlanta team that appears capable of a late postseason run.

Dillon Gee was hospitalized with blood clots in his lungs and shoulder

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 5: Dillon Gee #53 of the Kansas City Royals throws in the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Kauffman Stadium on August 5, 2016 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
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Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports that Royals pitcher Dillon Gee has been shut down for the year after being hospitalized in Detroit due to blood clots in his lungs and shoulder. Gee first began experiencing shortness of breath on Sunday after playing the Tigers, Dodd adds.

Blood clots are a serious thing, so here’s hoping that Gee recovers quickly and painlessly.

In 14 starts and 19 relief appearances for the Royals spanning 125 innings this season, Gee put up a 4.68 ERA and an 89/37 K/BB ratio.

What’s on Tap: Previewing Tuesday’s action

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - SEPTEMBER 24:  Left to right, Sandy Leon #3 of the Boston Red Sox and teammates Brock Holt #12, Jackie Bradley Jr. #25 and Dustin Pedroia #15 jog to the dugout after Pedroia's grand slam the in the seventh inning against theTampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on September 24, 2016 in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Joseph Garnett Jr. /Getty Images)
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All of the divisions are spoken for in baseball except for the American League East. The Red Sox will have a chance to clinch the division on Tuesday night. A win over the Yankees or a Blue Jays loss against the Orioles will wrap it up for the BoSox.

The Red Sox are finishing up the regular season on fire, as the club has won 11 consecutive games. During those 11 wins, they have averaged 5.1 runs per game while allowing three per game on average. As a result, they went from one game ahead in first place at the start of the streak to 5.5 games ahead.

When the Red Sox clinch the division, they will have done so for the first time since 2013, when they won the World Series. David Price takes the hill for them on Tuesday night, opposing the Yankees’ Luis Cessa in a 7:05 PM EDT start at Yankee Stadium. Meanwhile, the Blue Jays will send Aaron Sanchez to the mound against the Orioles’ Kevin Gausman in a 7:07 PM EDT start.

There is some potential Wild Card elimination as well tonight. The Royals can be eliminated by losing or the Orioles winning. The Yankees can be eliminated with a loss and an Orioles win. The Marlins and Pirates can be eliminated with a loss and a Giants win.

The rest of Tuesday’s action…

Arizona Diamondbacks (Matt Koch) @ Washington Nationals (Max Scherzer), 7:05 PM EDT

Chicago Cubs (John Lackey) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Ryan Vogelsong), 7:05 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians (Mike Clevinger) @ Detroit Tigers (Justin Verlander), 7:10 PM EDT

New York Mets (Noah Syndergaard) @ Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler), 7:10 PM EDT

Philadelphia Phillies (Jerad Eickhoff) @ Atlanta Braves (Julio Teheran), 7:10 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins (Jose Berrios) @ Kansas City Royals (Ian Kennedy), 7:15 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Jimmy Nelson) @ Texas Rangers (A.J. Griffin), 8:05 PM EDT

Seattle Mariners (Felix Hernandez) @ Houston Astros (Mike Fiers), 8:10 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays (Alex Cobb) @ Chicago White Sox (Chris Sale), 8:10 PM EDT

Cincinnati Reds (Robert Stephenson) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright), 8:15 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics (Daniel Mengden) @ Los Angeles Angels (Ricky Nolasco), 10:05 PM EDT

Los Angeles Dodgers (Kenta Maeda) @ San Diego Padres (Paul Clemens), 10:10 PM EDT

Colorado Rockies (German Marquez) @ San Francisco Giants (Matt Moore), 10:15 PM EDT