The Marlins have lost eight games in a row and are now 0-5 under new manager Dan Jennings, but second baseman Dee Gordon continues to do some cool things. Watch him steal four bases last night against the Orioles:
The four stolen bases tied a career-high for Gordon as well as the Marlins team record, which was set by Luis Castillo on May 18, 2000.
Gordon hadn’t stolen a base since May 4 prior to last night, but he’s now up to 16 steals on the year, which puts him one behind Cincinnati’s Billy Hamilton for the major league lead. While Gordon’s batting average has inevitably begun to fall back to Earth of late, he’s still leading the majors at a .386 clip.
The best record in baseball belongs to…the Kansas City Royals.
Behind two home runs from Kendrys Morales and another strong start from Chris Young, the Royals topped the Cardinals 5-0 last night in an interleague matchup at Kauffman Stadium.
Young scattered six hits over six scoreless innings in the victory. After holding out until March to sign with a team, the 35-year-old right-hander now owns a 0.78 ERA and 23/9 K/BB ratio in 34 2/3 innings this season. He has allowed two runs (one earned) over four starts.
Morales did all the heavy lifting offensively, clubbing a three-run homer off Lance Lynn in the first inning and added a two-run shot in the third. The Royals bought low on the 31-year-old after nightmare 2014 season, but he’s now batting .305 with six home runs and an .864 OPS across 41 games and leads the American League with 37 RBI.
The Royals sit at 27-14, two games ahead of the Tigers in the AL Central. Check out this tidbit on their hot start:
Your Friday box scores:
Cardinals 0, Royals 5
Rangers 10, Yankees 9
Phillies 1, Nationals 2
Orioles 8, Marlins 5
Reds 3, Indians 7
Mets 1, Pirates 4
Mariners 4, Blue Jays 3
Brewers 11, Braves 0
Astros 2, Tigers 6
Angels 12, Red Sox 5
Giants 11, Rockies 8
Athletics 2, Rays 5
Twins 2, White Sox 3
Padres 1, Dodgers 2
Cubs 4, Diamondbacks 5 (13 innings)
Rafael Soriano remains unsigned almost two months into the season, but Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com hears that the Cubs are among several teams who have considered bringing the veteran reliever aboard.
Soriano, 35, is currently training in the Dominican Republic and has been throwing to live hitters in preparation for game action. His agent, Scott Boras, told Mooney on Thursday that teams are “reaching out” and he’s “pretty close to structuring a deal for him.”
The Marlins were briefly mentioned as a possible fit last week with Steve Cishek being moved out of the closer role, but they apparently aren’t willing to give Soriano the salary he covets. The Cubs entered play Thursday with a disappointing 4.20 ERA out of their bullpen, but Hector Rondon isn’t in any danger to lose his closer job. If the price is right, they’d likely look at Soriano as a set-up man.
Soriano posted a 3.19 ERA and 59/19 K/BB ratio in 62 innings with the Nationals last season, but he really struggled during the second half and found himself booted from the closer role in September.
Coco Crisp left Tuesday’s game with tightness in his neck and was scheduled to go for an MRI today. No word yet on the official diagnosis, but this isn’t very promising:
Athletics manager Bob Melvin said after Tuesday’s game that the injury is similar to Crisp’s neck strain from last year. The 35-year-old didn’t miss a lot of time with the injury, but he played through discomfort for most of the second half and finished with a disappointing .246/.336/.363 batting line.
Crisp missed all of April while rehabbing from arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow and has really struggled since his return, hitting .044 (2-for-45) over 13 games.
It was reported earlier this week that scouts from other teams are “tracking” Phillies outfielder Ben Revere for a potential trade. Revere is aware of the speculation the situation he finds himself in these days, but he told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com today that he isn’t bothered by it.
“This is a business,” Revere said. “When Asche and Dom come back, we’re going to have a lot of outfielders and someone might be out. I just have to prepare to help my team win whether it’s here or somewhere else. Just bust my tail and try to stay in the lineup.”
Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reported yesterday that the Angels and Phillies have been discussing a trade involving Revere in recent weeks and Salisbury hears that those talks are “real.” Matt Joyce has been a big disappointment this season and Angels owner Arte Moreno willingly ate a lot of money to cut ties with Josh Hamilton, so the team is on the lookout for help in left field.
Revere was moved to left field this season in order for Odubel Herrera to get an opportunity in center field, but he doesn’t fit the typical profile of a corner outfielder. The 27-year-old is a .289 career hitter and offers plenty of speed, but he doesn’t walk and doesn’t hit for power. He had an 85 OPS+ for his career coming into Thursday’s action.
Revere, 27, is owed $4.1 million this season and is under team control through 2017. He’s unlikely to net the Phillies a top prospect.