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Blue Jays expected to call up Mat Latos to start this weekend

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Blue Jays are expected to call up veteran right-hander Mat Latos from Triple-A Buffalo to start this weekend against the Angels. Casey Lawrence is also expected to start this weekend as both pitchers are replacing J.A. Happ and Aaron Sanchez in the rotation.

Latos, 29, has had good results in two minor league starts, giving up one earned run on seven hits and six walks with nine strikeouts in nine innings. The right-hander struggled mightily in the majors over the past two seasons, compiling an aggregate 4.93 ERA, which explains why he had to settle for a minor league deal with the Jays.

Bronson Arroyo won a game for the first time in nearly three years

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Reds starter Bronson Arroyo entered Tuesday night’s start against the Orioles not having won a game since June 15, 2014. The right-hander underwent Tommy John surgery, causing him to miss all of 2015. He battled more elbow soreness in ’16, but was able to latch on for a second stint with the Reds on a minor league contract coming into 2017.

Against the Orioles, Arroyo gave up three runs on five hits and a pair of walks with four strikeouts in five innings of work. As the Reds scored all of their nine runs in the first three innings, he had plenty of breathing room. Four of those runs came on an Adam Duvall grand slam. Arroyo won, giving him his first victory in nearly three years — 1,038 days, to be exact.

Despite Tuesday’s win, Arroyo is carrying an 8.40 ERA over his first three starts this season.

Video: Albert Pujols hits a moonshot to the Minute Maid Park train tracks

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Albert Pujols hitting a three-run moonshot to the train tracks in left field at Minute Maid Park is already a memory forever etched in the minds of baseball fans old enough to remember Game 5 of the 2005 NLCS. Nearly 12 years later, Pujols is still doing it.

In the top of the fifth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Astros, the Angels’ DH sent a 0-1 Joe Musgrove offering to the train tracks, breaking a 2-2 tie. It’s Pujols’ second homer of the season and the 593rd of his career. He’s now 16 home runs behind Sammy Sosa for eighth on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard.