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Report: Talks heating up between Rangers, Tyson Ross

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MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reports that the Rangers are being aggressive in trying to get a deal done with free agent pitcher Tyson Ross. Sullivan says, “Talks are definitely heating up.”

Ross, 29, was limited to just one start in 2016 due to shoulder issues. He underwent surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome back in October. When he’s healthy, Ross has shown the ability to be a high-quality starter, finishing with a 2.81 ERA over 31 starts in 2014 and a 3.26 ERA over 33 starts in 2015.

The Cubs, Indians, Padres, and Pirates have also been reported as having had interest in Ross.

The Red Sox are calling up Rafael Devers

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Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports that the Red Sox are calling up third base prospect Rafael Devers. He’ll be in Seattle for the start of the three-game set between the Sox and Mariners.

Devers, 20, is the top prospect in the Boston system according to MLB Pipeline. He has spent most of his season with Double-A Portland, where he hit .300/.369/.575 with 18 home runs and 56 RBI in 320 plate appearances. He was promoted to Triple-A Pawtucket after the All-Star break. In eight games with Pawtucket, Devers hit .355/.412/.581 with two home runs and four RBI.

There is still just over a week until the non-waiver trade deadline, but perhaps the Red Sox seem confident Devers can be the answer to the third base problem.

Stephen Strasburg exited Sunday’s start with an apparent injury

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It’s not a good day if you’re a star starting pitcher. First Clayton Kershaw, now Stephen Strasburg. The Nationals’ right-hander lasted only two innings in Sunday’s start against the Diamondbacks, leaving with an apparent injury. Strasburg held the D-Backs to a hit and three walks with two strikeouts without allowing a run. Matt Grace relieved him in the third inning.

Including Strasburg’s two innings on Sunday, he’s carrying a 3.25 ERA with a 141/37 K/BB ratio in 121 2/3 innings.

The Nationals should pass along word on Strasburg’s condition shortly.