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May The Fourth Be With You


This may be the slowest baseball news day of the season so far.

We have some minor disabled list moves — Nate Jones of the White Sox is going on the DL with a bum elbow and Sean Doolittle of the Athletics hit the DL last night with a bum pec — but not much else. A rainout for this afternoon’s Tigers-Indians game. The Reds-Pirates game is currently delayed. They’re saying they’re going to get the Cards-Brewers game in, but I sort of doubt it. If it keeps on rainin’ in St. Louis the levee’s gonna break. Or something.

So, we have a choice. I can start ranting about politics like I am over at my personal blog or I can post some nonsense. A show of hands please.

Dang. A show of hands would’ve sufficed. You don’t have to throw rocks with “stick to sports” written on them in blood at me. I get it. Nonsense it is.

Today is May the Fourth. So, May the Fourth Be With You.


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.