The Braves have found a new first baseman in the wake of Freddie Freeman‘s injury. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Braves have signed James Loney to a minor league contract.
Loney, 33, spent last season with the Mets, hitting .265/.307/.397 with nine home runs and 34 RBI in 366 plate appearances while playing solid defense. He was playing in the minors for the Tigers this season, where he hit .229/.387/.250 in 62 plate appearances. He was released by the Tigers on May 7.
Other first base types were available, but Loney performed well enough last year and still plays good enough defense that he works in a pinch for the Braves. If the Braves promote Loney, he could share time at first base with prospect Rio Ruiz, who was called up from Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday.
Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen gave up three runs in the top of the ninth inning during Sunday’s game against the Braves, blowing his first save since August 26 last season. He had converted 34 consecutive saves.
Jansen yielded back-to-back singles to lead off the ninth inning, staked to a 4-1 lead. After getting two outs, Matt Adams hit a three-run home run down the right field line to knot the game at four apiece.
After Sunday’s lackluster performance, Jansen is now 24-for-25 in save chances this season with a 1.49 ERA and a 62/2 K/BB ratio in 42 1/3 innings.
Orioles closer Zach Britton finished Sunday’s 9-7 victory over the Astros with a scoreless ninth inning, earning his sixth save of the season. He has now earned the save in 55 consecutive opportunities dating back to September 2015, setting a new American League record. Tom Gordon previously held the record with 54 consecutive saves. Eric Gagne holds the major league record at 84.
Britton’s last blown save came on September 20, 2015, then converted two more saves before the end of the regular season. He went 47-for-47 in save chances last season and is six-for-six so far this year.
Along with his six saves, Britton has a 2.65 ERA and a 13/8 K/BB ratio in 17 innings this season. The lefty came off the disabled list earlier this month after missing two months with a strained left forearm.