Chad Cordero is still trying to make it back to the majors

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Chad Cordero is 31 years old, hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2010, and hasn’t pitched effectively in the majors since 2007, but the former All-Star closer hasn’t called it quits yet.

Cordero spent this season pitching at Triple-A in the Angels organization, tossing 50 innings with a 5.44 ERA, and not surprisingly he wasn’t called up when rosters expanded in September. However, manager Mike Scioscia told Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times that he encourages Cordero to continue his comeback attempt:

For being out for so long and coming back, I think it was an incredible journey for him. And I don’t think it’s over yet. I think he still has some more upside. I think he still has a chance to help some major-league teams.

That’s nice of Scioscia to say, but Cordero’s raw stuff hasn’t been MLB-caliber in a long time and, even if he can stay healthy, his results in the minors have yet to be encouraging. Based on Scioscia’s quotes, it’ll be interesting to see if the Angels offer to re-sign Cordero and let him pitch at Triple-A again next year. (Assuming, of course, that Scioscia is still an Angels employee himself in 2014.)

Astros’ bullpen throws combined one-hitter for MLB-best 30th win

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The Astros’ bullpen did yeoman’s work in place of the injured Dallas Keuchel on Monday against the Tigers. Keuchel is temporarily sidelined with a pinched nerve in his neck.

Brad Peacock made the spot start, limiting the Tigers to one hit and two walks with eight strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. Chris Devenski took over with one out in the fifth, finishing out that inning as well as the sixth and seventh, facing the minimum. Will Harris pitched a perfect eighth and Ken Giles closed out the 1-0 victory in the ninth. Devenski, Harris, and Giles each had two strikeouts.

The Astros scored their only run in the bottom of the first inning as George Springer drew a leadoff walk, then scored on Jose Altuve‘s one-out double. Tigers starter Brad Fulmer pitched well enough to win on most days, giving up the lone run in seven frames.

After Monday’s win, the Astros became the first team to reach 30 wins, sitting on a 30-15 record. With a +55 run differential, even their expected record matches up with their actual record.

Brandon Phillips hit his 200th career home run

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Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.

Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.