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Video: Mookie Betts preserves Rich Hill’s shutout, robs homer to end game


Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts ended Friday night’s game against the Orioles by robbing Chris Davis of a home run. The blast would have ended starter Rich Hill’s bid for a shutout. The Red Sox took the first game of the three-game set 7-0.

Hill, in the outing, limited the O’s to two hits and a walk while striking out 10. The 35-year-old lefty made his season debut on September 13, making his first major league start since 2009. Now with three starts under his belt, his stats are mind-blowing considering where he’s been in recent years:

Braves hire Mike Maroth as minor league rehab pitching coordinator

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David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the Braves have hired former major league pitcher Mike Maroth as their minor league rehab pitching coordinator at the club’s player-development complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.

Maroth, 38, spent the previous four seasons as a coach in the Tigers’ minor league system. The lefty hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2007 and last pitched in the minors in 2010. Over parts of six seasons in the majors, Maroth compiled a 5.05 ERA with a 1.46 WHIP and a 443/262 K/BB ratio in 918 innings.

Jay Bruce: “I am embarrassed with my season.”

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Reds outfielder Jay Bruce hasn’t, by any stretch of the imagination, had a bad season. He has swatted 26 home runs and driven in 84 runs with a .748 OPS while playing above-average defense in the outfield. But they’re not up to the slugger’s usual standard and serve as a milquetoast follow-up to his abysmal 2014.

Bruce called his 2015 season an embarrassment, as Hal McCoy of the Dayton Daily News reports. Bruce elaborated:

“I am embarrassed, I am. I really am,” he said. “There are a lot of different ways to be good and driving in runs is good. But I should have 100 RBI, easily, every year. I should hit 30 home runs, hit 40 doubles and I should hit for a respectable average. And I’m not doing it.”

Bruce is, entering Friday night’s action, seven doubles, four homers, and 16 RBI off his goal with 10 games remaining in the regular season. The 28-year-old is likely being a little too critical of himself, but one would be hard-pressed to find a major leaguer who is 100 percent satisfied with his stats.

Carlos Martinez exits start after seven pitches due to shoulder tightness

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Update (8:49 PM EDT): Martinez left his start with tightness in his right shoulder,’s Jenifer Langosch reports. He’ll be reevaluated on Saturday.


Cardinals starter Carlos Martinez exited Friday’s start against the Brewers after only seven pitches with an apparent injury, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. He walked off with a trainer and was visibly emotional in exiting. Tyler Lyons took the mound in relief.

We’ll know more about the type of injury Martinez suffered shortly and will pass it along here as soon as possible. Losing Martinez to an injury so close to the beginning of the playoffs would be a big blow to the Cardinals.

Martinez, 24, entered Friday’s start with a 3.01 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, and a 184/63 K/BB ratio over 179 1/3 innings.