Craig Calcaterra

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Red Sox to call up prospect Andrew Benintendi today

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Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox will call up prospect outfielder Andrew Benintendi today.

Benintendi, the Sox 2015 first round pick, will make the jump from Double-A, where he has hit .295/.357/.515 with eight homers and 44 RBI in 66 games. Across High-A and Double-A he has hit .312/.378/.532 with nine homers, 76 RBI, and 16 steals over 97 games. He just turned 22. He’s a center fielder. He bats left handed so, Drellich notes, he’ll likely not get his first start until Wednesday since the Mariners are throwing a lefty at Boston in tonight’s game. Going forward he’ll platoon in left with Bryce Brentz.

The Sox were looking at potential upgrades at the deadline. But why trade when you got exactly what you need in the system? At least on paper. How Benintendi does on the field will be a lot of fun to watch.

And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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It’s always weird, after the trade deadline, when games actually happen. It’s simultaneously anti-climatic and refreshing if that makes any sense. “Oh yeah, games.” I dunno.

Here are the scores. Here are the highlights:

Yankees 6, Mets 5: For this I’m going to defer to the Associated Press:

Starlin Castro hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and the Yankees, after selling off stars at the trade deadline, showed plenty of spunk while rallying past the Mets 6-5 on Monday night in their Subway Series opener.

No. No. We are NOT doing that. We are not, on the first day after the Yankees trade off some veterans, going to cast them as spunky and scrappy underdogs. They do NOT get to be the Evil Empire for 20 years and then immediately transform into the friggin’ Bad News Bears. I will not stand for this. Nor should you. They cannot be spunky until, I dunno, three more high-priced veterans are gone and they lose badly for a year while a couple of prospects emerge. Then, and only then, can they be “spunky.” There are rules, people.

Twins 12, Indians 5: Wunderbar! Max Kepler hit three homers, had four hits in all and drove in six runs. For the Indians, panic time: Danny Salazar was roughed up for six runs in two innings and now will undergo an MRI on his elbow, which he says has been bothering him for some time and has certainly affected his last two starts. In other news, Andrew Miller made his first appearance for Cleveland. He gave up a homer to Joe Mauer. Yankees win the trade?

Royals 3, Rays 0: Danny Duffy had absolutely electric stuff, taking a no-hitter into the 8th inning and setting a team record by striking out 16 batters in the game. Kevin Kiermaier was on deck when Desmond Jennings got the only hit of the game, breaking up the no-no. I had the game on and was prepared to flood the Internet with cat photos if it was Kiermaier who did it. Missed opportunities.

Cubs 5, Marlins 0: Kyle Hendricks pitched a complete game shutout, scattering seven hits. He also threw 123 pitches, which was his highest total of the year, but it was pretty necessary given that the Cubs used every player who wasn’t nailed down the day before. Anthony Rizzo singled, doubled, tripled and reached base five times. Adam Conley of the Marlins  walked six and hit a guy, needing 97 pitches to make it through four innings.

Astros 2, Blue Jays 1: This one went 14 innings and ended when new Blue Jay reliever Scott Feldman came in to face the team who traded him earlier in the day. He immediately gave up a single and a game-ending double and that was that. This should trigger a thorough review of the Blue Jays’ debriefing protocols. If a defector turns out to be a sleeper agent, someone has messed up in counterintelligence. Everyone who watches “The Americans” knows this.

Nationals 14, Diamondbacks 1: I haven’t checked the stats yet, but I am confident that Stephen Strasburg is undefeated when his team scores 14 runs on 19 hits. Three of those hits were his and he drove in a run. He picked up his 15th win of the season. He also leads the NL in WAR for starting pitchers. I feel like Clayton Kershaw still has time to claim his Cy Young Award if he comes back eventually, but if he misses much more time the support is going to shift to Strasburg. Like Woody Allen said, eighty percent of success is showing up.

Red Sox 2, Mariners 1: The M’s took a 1-0 lead into the eighth but it’s not 1968 and 1-0 leads don’t hold up too terribly often. Aaron Hill homered to tie things up that inning and Mookie Betts added a solo shot to give the Sox the lead for good in the top of the ninth. Craig Kimbrel returned for Boston and got the save, though he did allow two baserunners.

Padres 7, Brewers 3: A five-run fifth inning sunk the Brewers and snapped their four game losing streak. Travis Jankowski had three hits and two walks. Padres pitcher Jarred Cosart, making his Padres debut after being traded from Miami, only made it into the fourth after walking six dudes and hitting a guy. It’s not often a starter can do that and not pay for it, but the Brewers couldn’t capitalize. Four Padres relievers took it the rest of the way.

UPDATE: Puig didn’t “storm off.” He was never even there. This is beyond bizarre.

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UPDATE: Now Rosenthal has amended his story, saying that the “storming off” part was inaccurate and that Puig never, in fact, went to the ballpark.

This is extraordinarily strange.Rosenthal is a great reporter. Probably the best in the business. It’s doubtful that he’d report that Puig “stormed off” unless someone in an undeniable position to know told him so. So then: who, in a position to know, and whom someone with Rosenthal’s experience would be willing to trust on the matter, would be flat-out lying to him about Puig’s reaction that, apparently, never happened? And why?

UPDATE: Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports that Puig is expected to be demoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday. He says that Puig was informed of that possibility today, possibly to soften the blow. Which, OK, the Dodgers prerogative. But if so, why is did this turn into a controversy, the likes of which Rosenthal reported? Why not announce the demotion now? Or, if it makes internal sense to wait until tomorrow, why did this become a situation where Puig was reported to have “stormed off?” There are still unanswered questions here. I presume they’ll be answered soon enough.

6:48 PMKen Rosenthal reports that Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig “stormed off” from the Dodgers clubhouse at Dodger Stadium today as the team assembled to leave for its road trip to Colorado. The reason: he was informed that he would either be traded or sent to the minors. The Dodgers left on their flight to Colorado without him.

If this is true, this is a pretty epic temper tantrum. One that may have effectively ended his time as a Los Angeles Dodger. Being late to work and missing the cutoff man is one thing but, boy howdy, this is quite another.

Puig was obviously not traded today, though there were some rumors that the White Sox were interested in him. That rumor was shot down. It’s possible that, yes, he was going to be sent down. It’s been a rough season for him, obviously, with both injuries and ineffectiveness characterizing his season far more than the heroics he has displayed in the past. Indeed, he has declined for three straight seasons now and cannot seem to go a month without getting hurt. The Dodgers would be committing malpractice if they didn’t do what they could to either get something for him in a trade or to do try to get him back on track, using all options available. Including some time in Oklahoma City.

Now it’s an open question if they’ll even keep him in the organization. Because totally bailing on your team when faced with things almost every player faces at one time or another is inexcusable.