The Rangers are going to retire Pudge Rodriguez’s number on August 12

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The Rangers have announced that they will retire Ivan Rodriguez’s No. 7 on August 12. Pudge will be inducted into the Hall of Fame a couple of weeks before that.

Rodriguez played for six different teams, but 13 of his 21 seasons came with the Rangers and his best seasons certainly did too. In a Rangers uniform he hit .304/.341/.488 with 217 of his 31 big league homers and 10 of his 13 Gold Gloves.

The Rangers have only retired two other numbers: Nolan Ryan’s 34 and Johnny Oates’ 26. Pudge will be the third.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. lays out to make a great catch in deep right-center field

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Cubs center fielder Albert Almora, Jr. robbed Giants first baseman Brandon Belt of at least a double in the top of the first inning of Monday’s game at Wrigley Field. Almora completely left his feet to catch the ball before landing just shy of the warning track.

The Giants took the early lead two batters prior to Belt’s at-bat as Joe Panik hit a solo home run to center field.

Anibal Sanchez accepts optional assignment to Triple-A

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The Tigers announced on Monday that pitcher Anibal Sanchez has accepted an optional assignment to Triple-A Toledo. Pitcher Warwick Saupold was recalled from Toledo to take Sanchez’s roster spot.

Sanchez, 33, continued to struggle this season pitching out of the bullpen. He gave up 26 runs (21 earned) on 34 hits and nine walks with 22 strikeouts in 21 innings. Nine of those 34 hits were home runs. Sanchez finished the 2015 season with a 4.99 ERA and last season with a 5.87 ERA, so he’s had a rough go of it in recent years.

The decision to go to Triple-A was Sanchez’s, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports. Sanchez wants to be stretched out as a starting pitcher again.