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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 11:  Phil Coke #43 of the New York Yankees reacts as Kendrys Morales #25 of the Kansas City Royals rounds third base after a solo home run in the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium on May 11, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Yankees designate Phil Coke for assignment


Amid a flurry of roster moves, the Yankees have designated pitcher Phil Coke for assignment, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports. The Yankees have promoted infielder Rob Refsnyder, pitcher Luis Cessa, and pitcher James Pazos. Pitchers Chad Green and Conor Mullee were optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

Coke, 33, gave up five runs (four earned) on seven hits and four walks with one strikeout over six innings for the Yankees. The club acquired him from the Atlantic League in late April. Coke then pitched seven quality innings at Triple-A, earning him the promotion. It was Coke’s second stint with the Yankees.

The Yankees’ pitching staff has been a revolving door so far this year. Already, the club has used 19 different pitchers. Pazos will be number 20.

Mark Canha will have season-ending hip surgery

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 19:  Mark Canha #20 of the Oakland Athletics rounds first after hitting a go ahead RBI single in the eleventh inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 19, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Athletics corner infielder Mark Canha will undergo season-ending surgery to repair an impingement in his left hip, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Canha was placed on the disabled list on May 10, retroactive to May 9. He was hoping to avoid surgery.

Canha, 27, hit a meager .122/.140/.341 over 44 plate appearances. He emerged as a power threat last season, clubbing 16 home runs and 22 doubles in 485 trips to the plate. Canha further added value with his ability to play first base, third base, and both corner outfield spots along with occasional DH duties.

Chase Anderson loses no-hitter against the Cubs in the eighth inning

MILWAUKEE, WI - MAY 17: Chase Anderson #57 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches during the first inning against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park on May 17, 2016 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)
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Update (10:00 PM EDT): It’s over. Ben Zobrist led off the top of the eighth inning with a double on the first pitch he saw from Anderson.


Update (9:52 PM EDT): Anderson got through the seventh with little effort, throwing only 10 pitches. He got Jason Heyward to pop out to third base, Kris Bryant to fly out to right, and Anthony Rizzo to strike out looking. Two more innings to go for the no-no.


Brewers starter Chase Anderson has held the Cubs hitless through six innings at Miller Park on Tuesday night. The right-hander has walked one and struck out five on 77 pitches.

If Anderson is able to complete the no-hitter, he would be the first Brewer to throw a no-no since Juan Nieves against the Orioles on April 15, 1987. It would be the second no-hitter of the season, as Jake Arrieta no-hit the Reds last month. The Cubs were last victims of a no-hitter on July 25 last year against Cole Hamels, then with the Phillies.

The Brewers have provided Anderson with four runs of support. Jonathan Lucroy hit a solo home run off of Kyle Hendricks in the fourth inning. Then, in the sixth, Ryan Braun hit an opposite-field RBI single and Chris Davis laced a two-run double to right-center, ending Kyle Hendricks’ evening.

We’ll keep you updated as Anderson attempts to complete the no-hitter. It portends to be a tough task, as the Cubs entered the game with the league’s best offense, averaging 5.94 runs per game.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. extends hitting streak to 22 games

BOSTON, MA - MAY 11:  Jackie Bradley Jr. #25 of the Boston Red Sox runs the bases after hitting a three-run home run in the second inning during the game against the Oakland Athletics at Fenway Park on May 11, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)
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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. stayed hot on Tuesday, extending his hitting streak to 22 games with an RBI double to put his team ahead 1-0 in the top of the second inning against the Royals.

Entering Tuesday’s action, Bradley was hitting .402/.443/.768 with six doubles, three triples, six home runs, 26 RBI, and 14 runs scored in his previous 21 games. Bradley’s bat was one big reason why the Red Sox scored 10-plus runs in four consecutive games between May 9-12 and scored 10 more on Sunday against the Astros.

The Red Sox came into Tuesday’s game leading the American League, averaging 6.03 runs per game. They’re first in batting average (.298), on-base percentage (.359), and slugging percentage (.489) as well.

The Binghamton Mets are rebranding and taking votes on their new team name

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The Mets’ Double-A in Binghamton is rebranding and is taking votes to come up with their new team name. There are six options and they’re all great.

Craig wrote about SB Nation’s minor league team name generator last month, and the six options sound like they came from that. The six options are:

  • Bullheads
  • Gobblers
  • Rocking Horses
  • Rumble Ponies
  • Stud Muffins
  • Timber Jockeys

Stud Muffins is hilarious, but I feel like the novelty would wear off quickly. My vote is for Rumble Ponies. C’mon, America, do what’s right.