Red Sox utilityman Brock Holt doubled in the first inning, singled in the fifth inning, slugged a solo shot in the seventh inning, and then ripped an RBI triple in the bottom of the eighth inning Tuesday in Boston’s 9-4 rout of the visiting Atlanta Braves. A cycle.
Holt is the first Red Sox player to hit for the cycle since John Valentin did it on June 6, 1996. And he’s the first player to hit for the cycle against the Braves since Keith Hernandez did so on July 4, 1985.
Holt was leading off and starting at second base for the Red Sox on Tuesday afternoon at Fenway Park. The 27-year-old has appeared at seven different positions this season while batting .309/.400/.454 with 15 RBI and 20 runs scored in 176 plate appearances.
Brock Holt’s wife Lakyn seemed pleased with Tuesday’s effort …
Nationals right-hander Doug Fister has been on the disabled list since mid-May with a flexor strain in his right elbow, but he tossed six scoreless innings in his second rehab start Friday at Double-A Harrisburg and he made it through a bullpen session Tuesday without issue. The next time he pitches, per Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, will be Thursday in the Nationals’ series finale against the Rays.
Fister had an ugly-looking 4.31 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over his first seven starts this season, but he was likely pitching hurt in his last outing on May 14, when the Padres torched him for seven runs in two innings.
The 31-year-old posted a 2.41 ERA and 1.079 WHIP in 164 innings last season for Washington.
Check out this all-out diving grab that Sean Rodriguez made Sunday afternoon at PNC Park …
From Kyle Brostowitz of the Nationals’ team site …
The Washington Nationals acquired infielder Trea Turner from the San Diego Padres on Sunday, completing the Dec. 18, 2014 three-team trade in which Washington acquired right-handed pitcher Joe Ross and a Player to be Named from the Padres. In exchange, the Nationals sent outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and Minor League left-handed pitcher Travis Ott to the Tampa Bay Rays.
Turner had to be labeled a PTBNL and couldn’t immediately move into the Nationals’ system because he was a first-round draft pick of the Padres in 2014. “We’re happy to complete this trade and add an exceptional talent to our fold,” Nationals GM Mike Rizzo said in a statement. “From the outset, this was a complex deal, but we thought it was one that would better our organization for the present as well as the long term. That’s always our goal. We look forward to getting Trea into our Minor League system.”
Turner, 21, has hit .322/.397/.458 with 10 home runs and 34 steals in 127 career minor league games.
Cincinnati is currently 12 1/2 games back of St. Louis in the National League Central standings, so it’s a near certainty that the club will be sellers at the July 31 deadline. Johnny Cueto is an impending free agent and a tremendous trade chip. He’s as good as gone. Brandon Phillips has an expensive contract and is not aging gracefully. He could go. There’s even word that Aroldis Chapman may be dealt.
Now comes word from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal that some members of the Giants front office have been scouting Reds right-hander Mike Leake, who is making $9.775 million in his final year of salary arbitration. The 27-year-old has posted a solid 3.95 ERA and 1.29 WHIP in 974 career innings while making half of his starts in one of the least pitcher-friendly home parks in the major leagues.
He’d make sense as an innings-eater for just about any contending team.