There’s a lot on the line as the Angels and Rangers finish the regular season with a four-game series in Arlington. While the Rangers are trying to clinch the AL West, the Angels are hoping to stay alive for a Wild Card spot.
With the stakes of this matchup, it only makes sense that Josh Hamilton would play a role somehow. Watch this awesome running over-the-shoulder catch in the top of the second inning tonight:
Albert Pujols (barely) scored on the play, but the catch prevented a potential big inning. Oh, and Hamilton’s surgically-repaired knee is apparently just fine.
David Ortiz was out of the starting lineup tonight for the third time in the last six games and Red Sox acting manager Torey Lovullo indicated to Ian Browne of MLB.com that the veteran slugger might be held out of action the rest of the way.
“Some general soreness, the body is tired,” said Lovullo. “He’s had a really, really good season. And I don’t want to put him in a situation where he’s going to run up against an injury, out of fairness to him.”
Ortiz started 49 out of 52 games while he was chasing down 500 home runs. With the Red Sox out of things, there’s no incentive to push him any further. If Ortiz does make an appearance this weekend against the Indians, he likely won’t play a full game.
After getting off to a slow start this season, Ortiz is batting .272 with 36 home runs and a .905 OPS. He has his most home runs in a season since 2006 and his most RBI (105) since 2007. Not bad for a guy who turns 40 next month.
Ortiz reached 600 plate appearances last weekend, so he’s officially owed $16 million as part of a vesting option for 2016.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Marlins have interviewed former Astros manager Bo Porter for their manager job.
Porter, who is currently the Braves third base coach, managed the Astros for nearly two seasons while they were deep in their rebuild and compiled a 110-190 record prior to being let go in September of 2014. He was previously the third base coach for the Marlins from 2007-2009, so the front office knows him very well already.
Former Nationals and Indians manager Manny Acta is the only other reported candidate to be interviewed by the Marlins, but Heyman writes that the team intends to conduct an “extensive search.” Dusty Baker has been rumored as a potential candidate.
Dan Jennings has managed the Marlins since Mike Redmond was fired in May. While the team is coming off a 16-10 record in September, the expectation is that he’ll leave the dugout after the season and go back to being the team’s general manager.
Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki said earlier this week that he “definitely” expects to be ready for the postseason, but the hope is that he’ll be able to test himself this weekend.
Tulowitzki, who suffered a small crack his left shoulder blade on September 12, resumed taking batting practice this week. Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports that he’s scheduled to face live pitching “in a simulated environment” on Friday, which could clear him to make his return Saturday against the Rays.
Acquired from the Rockies before July’s trade deadline, Tulowitzki was batting .232 with five home runs and a .682 OPS over 39 games with the Blue Jays prior to the injury.