The Twins battered Tigers pitching in a 20-run outburst on Friday night, but that wasn’t enough. Behind a five-RBI day from Kennys Vargas, the Twins scored 12 more times in another easy win over the Tigers this afternoon. For those counting at home, that’s 32 runs on 34 hits and 15 walks in two days. That’s a good week for a lot of teams.
Neither Tigers starting pitcher was able to record more than four outs. On Friday night, Robbie Ray allowed six runs on six hits in 1 1/3 innings. On Saturday afternoon, Buck Farmer allowed seven runs on five hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings.
With today’s loss, the Tigers fall to 68-59, three games behind the AL Central-leading Royals, who play the Rangers tonight.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the Marlins have signed lefty Jeff Locke. Terms have yet to be disclosed.
Locke was non-tendered by the Pirates last week after putting up a 5.44 ERA over 127.3 innings in 2016. He’s just 29 and, even if he’s never been super great or anything, he has pitched better in the past, posting a career 4.16 ERA before last season.
OXON HILL, MD — Rays manager Kevin Cash got a good dig in on the Red Sox’ newest pitcher this morning.
Sale, as you likely remember, made headlines in July when he was suspended for five games and fined after shredding the White Sox’ 1977 throwback jerseys with a razor blade because he thought they were uncomfortable and didn’t want to wear them. The uniforms Sale destroyed cost the club $12,000.
Sale is with the Red Sox now, of course, and as a new division rival, Cash was asked to comment on Boston’s acquisition of the lefty. Here’s what he said:
Q. What was your first reaction yesterday when you saw or heard what Boston did?
CASH: No, it helped — our marketing department can now figure out when to do throwback jersey day, so we’re good.