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Video: Nelson Cruz fakes charging the mound after being hit by pitch

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Derek Holland‘s fastball went a little too far inside in the top of the first inning on Sunday against the Mariners, hitting DH Nelson Cruz in the side. Cruz slowly walked to first base and twice faked charging the mound in retaliation.

Cruz and Holland had a little chuckle about it as the two were teammates with the Rangers from 2009-13. As the ROOT broadcast noted, Holland speaks highly of Cruz and the feeling is likely mutual.

Holland went on to give up six runs (five earned) in 5 2/3 innings. Cruz went 0-for-2 in regulation with a walk along with the HBP, then smacked a solo home run to break a 6-6 tie in the top of the 10th.

Report: Braves “very open” to offers for Julio Teheran

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ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Braves are “very open” to offers for starter Julio Teheran.

Teheran, 26, has had a tough season. He’s holding a 4.79 ERA with a 75/40 K/BB ratio in 103 1/3 innings. His ERA, strikeout, and walk rates would be career-worsts if the season were to end today. However, he’s still relatively young and is under contract for the next two seasons as well. Teheran will earn $8 million in 2018 and $11 million in 2019.

Olney notes that the Braves would want prospects in return for Teheran. The Braves also need a comparable top-of-the-rotation starter to replace Teheran, which is why the club had discussed Jose Quintana with the White Sox and Sonny Gray with the Athletics.

Jose Quintana dazzles in Cubs debut

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Jose Quintana‘s first impression on the Cubs was an impressive one, as the lefty blanked the Orioles over seven shutout innings on Sunday afternoon in a 8-0 win. He limited the opposition to three hits without issuing a walk and striking out 12 on 100 pitches. Carl Edwards, Jr. relieved him to start the eighth inning. The Cubs’ offense had scored six runs, including two on a home run by Kris Bryant in the fourth inning.

Quintana’s performance on Sunday marked only the fourth time this season a Cubs starter tossed seven or more shutout innings and it’s only the second time it’s been done by a Cub this season with double-digit strikeouts.

Quintana, 28, joined the Cubs on pace to have the worst season of his career. Over 18 starts, he compiled a 4.49 ERA with a 109/40 K/BB ratio in 104 1/3 innings. He hadn’t finished a season with an ERA higher than 3.76 since debuting in 2012.

The Cubs acquired Quintana from the White Sox on Thursday in exchange for four minor leaguers, including Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease. Quintana is under contract for $8.85 million next season and the Cubs have options worth $10.5 million for the ensuing two seasons with $1 million buyouts.