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Khris Davis wins his arbitration case over the Athletics

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Khris Davis and the A’s went to arbitration today. David won. He’ll make $5 million in 2017 rather than the $4.65 million salary suggested submitted by the Athletics.

Davis, who is 29, set career highs with 42 homers and 102 RBI in 2016. While his on-base percentage was a poor.306, counting stats have always carried more weight with arbitrators. Either way, he was still a valuable hitter, posting a slugging percentage of .524 and an OPS+ of 126.

It was Davis’ first year of arbitration eligibility. This will be a key year for him: another strong campaign will set him up for a long term deal, from the A’s or someone else. A poor one and he could be non-tendered next year due to the A’s not wanting to give him a raise over the $5 million he’ll make in 2017.

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.