From beat writer Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer …
The move clears a spot on the active 25-man roster for top shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor, who is joining the Indians on Sunday. Swisher, who underwent surgery on both of his knees last August, is batting just .198/.261/.297 in 111 plate appearances this season. He’ll probably be out longer than 15 days.
Albert Pujols slugged the 538th home run of his career Saturday evening in Anaheim …
That was the 18th jack of the season for Pujols, who passed Mickey Mantle last week and is now just 10 round-trippers away from Mike Schmidt on the all-time career home run leaderboard.
In case you missed this wonderful play that Joey Votto made Saturday night at Wrigley Field …
Votto also homered in the game, but the Reds wound up losing 4-3 to the host Cubbies.
Russell Martin’s go-ahead home run in the top of the 11th inning Saturday in Boston gave the Blue Jays a 5-4 win over the Red Sox. It was the 10th victory in a row for Toronto, and the club is now just one game back of the Yankees and Rays in the American League East standings.
Martin also had a tie-breaking, bases-loaded triple Friday in the Jays’ 13-10 defeat of the Red Sox. The 32-year-old catcher boasts an .873 OPS, 10 home runs, and 32 RBI in 54 games this season. Not a terrible way to spend $82 million.
Your box scores AP recaps from Saturday …
Blue Jays 5, Red Sox 4 (11 innings)
Twins 7, Rangers 11
Phillies 3, Pirates 4
Indians 5, Tigers 4
Nationals 7, Brewers 2
Mariners 8, Astros 1
Braves 5, Mets 3 (11 innings)
Royals 2, Cardinals 3
Rockies 1, Marlins 4
White Sox 4, Rays 5
Yankees 4, Orioles 9
Reds 3, Cubs 4
Diamondbacks 4, Giants 2
Athletics 0, Angels 1
Dodgers 1, Padres 2
Blue Jays right-hander Scott Copeland was terrific in his first major league start Wednesday afternoon against the Marlins, firing seven innings of one-run ball in a 7-2 win at Rogers Centre in Toronto. The 27-year-old former 21st-round pick walked none, whiffed four, and scattered six hits over his seven frames. Justin Smoak, Josh Donaldson, and Russell Martin each went 2-for-4 and combined for five RBI.
It’s the eighth straight victory for the Jays, who are now just three games back of the first-place Yankees in the American League East standings. Copeland was sent to Triple-A Buffalo after the game, but he should get another shot soon.
Wednesday’s matinee assignment was only meant to be a spot start for Copeland.
Your box scores and AP recaps from Wednesday …
Phillies 2, Reds 5
Marlins 2, Blue Jays 7
Nationals 5, Yankees 4 (11 innings)
Cardinals 4, Rockies 2
Red Sox 2, Orioles 5
Brewers 0, Pirates 2
Padres 1, Braves 4
Angels 2, Rays 4
Giants 8, Mets 5
Mariners 9, Indians 3
Cubs 12, Tigers 3
Royals 7, Twins 2
Astros 1, White Sox 4
Rangers 4, Athletics 5
Diamondbacks 7, Dodgers 6