Athletics outfielder Khris Davis hit three home runs on Tuesday night, then added another in Wednesday afternoon’s 8-1 victory over the Rangers to complete a series sweep. Davis is now hitting a slugging-heavy .238/.276/.517 with 12 home runs and 29 RBI on the year.
Davis has created some interesting trivia with his recent success. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle points out that no one has homered more than Davis (32) since last August 6. The next closest is Nolan Arenado (29). Even more interestingly, the Sportsnet Stats and Information Department notes that since the beginning of August last year and prior to Wednesday afternoon, both Davis and his pseudo-namesake Chris Davis of the Orioles both have the same amount of home runs and RBI (31, 72).
The A’s acquired Davis from the Brewers in February, trading minor leaguers Jacob Nottingham and Bowdien Derby to Milwaukee.
The Mariners will receive cash from the Padres that will allow the Padres to keep outfielder Jabari Blash in their organization, Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
The Athletics selected Blash from the Mariners in the Rule 5 draft in December, then sent him to the Padres to complete an earlier trade that involved Drew Pomeranz. The Padres designated Blash for assignment last Friday. Because Blash is a Rule 5 pick, the Padres had to offer him back to the Mariners.
Blash, 26, hit a disappointing .120/.241/.160 in 29 plate appearances for the Padres. Now he’ll report to Triple-A El Paso.
With a strikeout of Eddie Rosario to end the fourth inning on Wednesday afternoon, Justin Verlander registered his 2,000th career strikeout. He is the 76th member of the 2,000 strikeout club and only the second Tiger with the credential along with Mickey Lolich. Among active pitchers, Verlander trails only CC Sabathia (2,595), Felix Hernandez (2,184), Jake Peavy (2,141), and John Lackey (2,012).
Verlander finished the afternoon going 7 1/3 innings, yielding three runs on six hits and three walks with 10 strikeouts in the Tigers’ 6-3 victory over the Twins. It’s his second double-digit strikeout performance of the season. Verlander still has a high ERA at 4.58 but has a solid 60/20 K/BB ratio in 57 innings.
The Twins might’ve been just the medicine the Tigers needed. They swept the Twins at Comerica Park, improving to 19-21. Manager Brad Ausmus has reportedly been on the hot seat, but if his team can start winning, Ausmus might buy himself some more time.
Update (9:14 PM EDT): Bradley made it 24 in a row with a second-inning solo home run off of Edinson Volquez in the second game of Wednesday’s double-header.
Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. extended his hitting streak to 23 games with a single to right field in the top of the ninth inning off of Wade Davis during Wednesday afternoon’s game against the Royals. It was not enough for the Red Sox to avoid a 3-2 loss, however.
According to Baseball Reference, Bradley’s hitting streak is the 21st of 23 games or longer in Red Sox history. Dom DiMaggio owns the longest streak in club history at 34 games between June 29 and August 7, 1949. The most recent streak of 23 or more games prior to Bradley’s by a Red Sox hitter was David Ortiz, who hit safely in 27 consecutive games between July 2, 2012 and May 7, 2013.
On the season, Bradley is hitting .331/.381/.585 with 10 doubles, four triples, six home runs, 31 RBI, and 20 runs scored. It’s been quite a season thus far for the 26-year-old.
The Rangers finally lost patience with Shawn Tolleson‘s struggles in the closer’s role. On Thursday, the club informed him he was being removed from the closer’s role, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Sam Dyson will operate as the new closer going forward.
“It wasn’t anything that surprised me,” Tolleson said. The 28-year-old right-hander saved a league-best 11 games but sported an ugly 9.20 ERA with an 11/5 K/BB ratio in 14 2/3 innings. Tolleson’s ERA exploded when he allowed three runs in two-thirds of an inning on Saturday and when he gave up another four runs in two-thirds of an inning on Tuesday.
Dyson, meanwhile, entered Wednesday’s action with a 1.89 ERA and a 13/6 K/BB ratio in 19 innings. The 28-year-old was just as solid last season between the Marlins and the Rangers.
Despite the bullpen woes, the Rangers came into Wednesday afternoon at 22-18, just a game behind the Mariners for first place in the AL West.