There was some drama in the Red Sox dugout earlier this evening, as left-hander Wade Miley had an argument with manager John Farrell after being informed that he was being taken out of the game. You can watch the video here.
It was a rough outing for Miley, who allowed five runs on nine hits over four innings. He allowed a total of three home runs, including a solo shot to Manny Machado in his final inning of work. Miley and Farrell exchanged words before walking down into the tunnel to complete their conversation in private.
Steven Wright and Junichi Tazawa combined to allow an unearned run over four innings in relief of Miley and David Ortiz hit his first home run since May 19, but Boston’s comeback fell one run short in a 6-5 loss. The Red Sox were swept in the series and now sit at 27-34 on the season, in last place in the American League East and seven games behind the first-place Yankees. Oh, and they are set to begin a series tomorrow against the Blue Jays, who have won eight straight and are the hottest team in the majors. Frustration is mounting.
Farrell was asked about the situation with Miley after the game:
Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton struck out in all four of his at-bats against Rockies left-hander Chris Rusin last Saturday, but he got the best of him with this absolute laser beam in the bottom of the first inning tonight:
Stanton is now up to 22 home runs on the year, which leads the majors. He has gone deep seven times in his last nine games.
You might have noticed that Stanton hits baseballs unusually hard. According to Daren Wilman of Baseball Savant, that opinion checks out:
After going unsigned two months into the season, veteran reliever Rafael Soriano agreed to a minor league contract with the Cubs earlier this week. However, it’s going to be a while before he joins the major league bullpen.
According to Carrie Muskat of MLB.com, Cubs manager Joe Maddon said today that he doesn’t expect Soriano to help until after the All-Star break. In other words, he’s about a month away. The 35-year-old is currently throwing at the team’s Dominican Republic academy and will almost certainly need to pitch in a handful of minor league games before being activated.
Soriano posted a 3.19 ERA and 59/19 K/BB ratio over 62 innings with the Nationals last season, but he lost his closer job down the stretch following a rough second half. Per James Wagner of the Washington Post, he’ll make a prorated $4.1 million salary with the Cubs and could earn an additional $4 million in bonuses for games finished and appearances.
Maddon recently pulled Hector Rondon from a save chance, which has led to all sorts of speculation about the team’s closer situation. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported yesterday that the Cubs and Blue Jays are among the teams who have had recent trade talks with the Phillies about Jonathan Papelbon.
It’s been known for a while that the Phillies are shopping outfielder Ben Revere, but there was an interesting note from Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune today that talks with the Mariners quickly stalled because Philadelphia was asking for James Paxton or Taijuan Walker in return. That’s insane, of course, but it led to the predictable mocking of Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. on Twitter and in other places.
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal asked Amaro about the rumor this afternoon and he got a pretty strong response:
“Typically we would not comment on rumors. But when they reach this level of ridiculousness, I can say unequivocally that what has been written is false.”
We’ve heard similar reports regarding teams who are talking to the Phillies about Cole Hamels, which paints the picture of Amaro as asking for too much in return. Sure, we’ve had laughs at Amaro’s expense in recent years, but it’s important to stop and think about what could be motivating teams to leak this sort of information to the media. Our own Bill Baer wrote about this very topic at Crashburn Alley and you should check it out.
Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir held the Rangers to just one hit — a single from Elvis Andrus in the third inning — over eight scoreless innings as part of a 7-0 victory this afternoon. However, he got some help along the way from center fielder Billy Burns, who made a pair of amazing catches.
Watch both of them below:
In addition to his heroics in the field, Burns had a nice day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a sacrifice fly, a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base.