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SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 10:  Reynaldo Lopez of the World Team pitches during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at PETCO Park on July 10, 2016 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
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What’s on Tap: Previewing Tuesday’s action


The Nationals have called up pitching prospect Reynaldo Lopez to toe the rubber Tuesday night’s game against the Dodgers in a 7:05 PM start at National Park. He’ll be opposing Scott Kazmir.

Lopez, 22, is considered the Nationals’ fifth-best prospect. He spent most of the year with Double-A Harrisburg, where he pitched to a 3.18 ERA and a 100/25 K/BB ratio in 76 1/3 innings. The Nats promoted him to Triple-A Syracuse in late June. In two starts there, Lopez has yielded four runs on nine hits and six walks with nine strikeouts.

If Lopez sounds familiar, you might’ve seen him in the recently-completed Future’s Game. He got the final out of the sixth inning, getting David Dahl to ground out. Then, he easily got the first two outs of the seventh with an Alex Bregman pop out and a Christin Stewart fly out before giving way to Jharel Cotton, who completed the frame.

The Nationals called up their number one prospect, Lucas Giolito, earlier this year. Infielder Trea Turner, their number two prospect, also debuted in June.

The rest of Tuesday’s action…

Baltimore Orioles (Vance Worley) @ New York Yankees (Nathan Eovaldi), 7:05 PM EDT

Miami Marlins (Jose Urena) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Vince Velasquez), 7:05 PM EDT

Milwaukee Brewers (Junior Guerra) @ Pittsburgh Pirates (Jameson Taillon), 7:05 PM EDT

New York Mets (Noah Syndergaard) @ Chicago Cubs (Jake Arrieta), 7:05 PM EDT

Atlanta Braves (Tyrell Jenkins) @ Cincinnati Reds (Cody Reed), 7:10 PM EDT

Minnesota Twins (Tommy Milone) @ Detroit Tigers (Anibal Sanchez), 7:10 PM EDT

San Francisco Giants (Jake Peavy) @ Boston Red Sox (Rick Porcello), 7:10 PM EDT

Cleveland Indians (Danny Salazar) @ Kansas City Royals (Brian Flynn), 8:15 PM EDT

San Diego Padres (Colin Rea) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Carlos Martinez), 8:15 PM EDT

Tampa Bay Rays (Blake Snell)@  Colorado Rockies (Tyler Chatwood), 8:40 PM EDT

Toronto Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Zack Godley), 9:40 PM EDT

Houston Astros (Dallas Keuchel) @ Oakland Athletics (Dillon Overton), 10:05 PM EDT

Texas Rangers (Kyle Lohse) @ Los Angeles Angels (Tim Lincecum), 10:05 PM EDT

Chicago White Sox (Jose Quintana) @ Seattle Mariners (Wade Miley), 10:10 PM EDT

Giants sign Kyle Drabek, plan to convert him to an infielder

TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 10:  Kyle Drabek #4 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch during MLB game action against the Boston Red Sox April 10, 2012 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Brad White/Getty Images)
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Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports that the Giants have signed pitcher Kyle Drabek to a minor league deal. The club intends to convert him into a shortstop. Eddy adds that the Giants also haven’t ruled out Drabek returning to pitching at some point.

Drabek, 28, was released near the end of June by the Diamondbacks. He was originally drafted in the first round — 18th overall — by the Phillies in the 2006 draft. A few years later, the club sent him along with Michael Taylor and Travis d'Arnaud to the Blue Jays in the Roy Halladay trade.

Drabek couldn’t find any success in the major leagues, compiling a 5.26 ERA with an even more disappointing 123/117 K/BB ratio over 179 2/3 career innings. He is the son of former Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek.

Jose Fernandez strikes out 14 batters, joins 500 strikeout club in a no-decision

PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 18: Starting pitcher Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins throws a pitch in the first inning during a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on July 18, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)
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Jose Fernandez was dominant but inefficient in a no-decision against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, striking out 14 batters over 6 1/3 innings. He yielded two runs on four hits and a pair of walks, using 104 pitches.

The Phillies scored their first run in the first inning. Odubel Herrera doubled to lead off the game and later came around to score on a Maikel Franco ground out. Tommy Joseph drilled a solo home run to lead off the seventh. Fernandez would strike out Cody Asche, then walked Freddy Galvis before being pulled from the game. The Marlins fought back for two runs to tie the game with two outs in the ninth inning against Phillies closer Jeanmar Gomez. They pushed across one more on a Martin Prado solo home run in the top of the 11th to eventually win 3-2.

Phillies starter Aaron Nola, making his first start since July 2, out-pitched Fernandez. He blanked the Marlins on two hits and a walk with five strikeouts over six innings. Nola was hit in the right shoulder by an Adeiny Hechavarria line drive, but stayed in the game and completed the inning.

Fernandez’s 10th strikeout of the game, against Asche in the fourth inning, was the 500th of his career. He is the third-fastest to 500 strikeouts behind Doc Gooden and Yu Darvish, according to MLB’s Stat of the Day Twitter account.

After Monday’s no-decision, Fernandez is 11-4 with a 2.53 ERA and a 168/33 K/BB ratio in 113 2/3 innings.