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Sam Dyson blows another save for the Rangers

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As we mentioned in this morning’s recaps, the Angels came back from a 5-0 deficit against the Rangers in Anaheim. The winning run came on a walkoff squeeze bunt, with Jeremy Jeffress getting the loss in the 10th. Texas wouldn’t have even been playing in the 10th, however, if their closer had taken care of business in the ninth.

That closer — for the moment anyway — is Sam Dyson, who gave up three runs on four hits while trying to convert what, on paper anyway, is the easiest of saves. He allowed a leadoff homer to Danny Espinosa, a double to Yunel Escobar, an RBI double to Mike Trout and an RBI single to Albert Pujols. Just like that the game was tied at five, setting the stage for Carlos Perez’s bunty heroics in the final frame.

Dyson has come in to two save situations this season and has blown them both. He likewise lost the Rangers’ Opening Day game, entering it with things tied up only to allow three runs on four hits in two-thirds of an inning.

Last night, after the Angels win, Rangers manager Jeff Banister said “we can’t continue to lose games like this.” I’d read “like this” to mean “with Sam Dyson pitching in the ninth.” Matt Bush? Jeremy Jeffress? Time to get ready for your closeup.

UPDATE: OK, maybe not Matt Bush.

Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base upon return from DL

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Newsday’s Marc Carig reports that the Mets may move Asdrubal Cabrera to second base when he returns from the disabled list. Cabrera has been on the disabled list since June 13 with a sprained left thumb, but he’s expected to be activated on Friday.

Cabrera, 31, last played second base in 2014 with the Nationals. He has played shortstop exclusively as a Met the last two seasons. Jose Reyes would continue to play shortstop if the Mets were to go through with the position change. Cabrera would displace T.J. Rivera, who has been playing second base in place of the injured Neil Walker.

In 196 plate appearances this season, Cabrera is hitting .244/.321/.392 with six home runs and 20 RBI. He has made 11 defensive errors, which is tied for the third-most among shortstops behind Tim Anderson (16) and Dansby Swanson (12).

Corey Knebel sets modern record for consecutive appearances with a strikeout

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Brewers closer Corey Knebel set a modern major league record for relievers to start a season, as Thursday’s appearance marked his 38th consecutive appearance with a strikeout. He set down the side in order in the ninth inning, striking Josh Bell out to start the frame.

Aroldis Chapman held the record previously, recording a strikeout in his first 37 appearances of the season in 2014 with the Reds.

Knebel, 25, has flown under the radar despite having an incredibly good season. He moved into the closer’s role in mid-May when Neftali Feliz, now a free agent, struggled. After Thursday’s appearance, Knebel is 12-for-15 in save chances with a 0.96 ERA and a 65/17 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings.