Watch as Orioles center fielder Adam Jones robs Mookie Betts of a hit with this sprawling catch …
Jones also made an impressive leaping grab on a Betts line drive in the top of the second inning and he nailed Xander Bogaerts at second base with a nice throw in that same frame. The dude is everywhere.
From the official Twitter account of the San Francisco Giants …
Blanco suffered the concussion Sunday when he got hit by one of Brandon Belt’s warmup throws while running across the infield in the fourth inning. He finished out that game, but began feeling dizziness on Monday and Belt reported the symptoms to team trainers on Tuesday. “I was feeling weird,” Blanco told CSNBayArea.com on Wednesday evening.”The biggest thing is I think Belt tried to play through it (last year) and I don’t think that’s good. We’ve got to pay attention to healing. Hopefully it’s seven days for me.”
Hunter Pence is also sidelined with a sore left wrist and could be placed on the disabled list Thursday.
Watch this solo blast that Pedro Alvarez launched out of PNC Park on Wednesday evening …
Word is the ball didn’t reach the Allegheny — nor did it find a boat — but quite a bomb nonetheless.
FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi tweeted earlier that the Mets and Brewers “have had preliminary talks” about a trade involving one or more of Milwaukee’s position players, and now Marc Carig of Newsday is reporting that those negotiations are centering around veteran third baseman Aramis Ramirez.
Ramirez is hitting just .213/.257/.390 in 48 games this season for the Brewers and he’s making $14 million in the final year of a four-year, $46 million contract. But the Mets are desperate for a boost of some kind and they especially need help at the hot corner with David Wright battling spinal stenosis.
Ramirez does have seven home runs this year, which is more than double what the Mets’ third basemen have produced collectively. The 36-year-old tallied 15 homers and 66 RBI in 133 games last season.
For what it’s worth, a source told ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin on both Tuesday and Wednesday that the Mets are not in on Ramirez. Crazy season is already upon us, folks.
This comes from Ken Rosenthal’s Facebook account …
The Philadelphia Phillies are ready to trade closer Jonathan Papelbon. They are willing to pay a significant portion of his contract. The only question is how the story ends.
The Phils have engaged in recent trade discussions with both Blue Jays and Cubs about Papelbon, according to major-league sources. No deal with either club appears close; the talks are at an “impasse,” one source said.
Papelbon is making $8 million this season and is about to trigger a $13 million option for the 2016 season. Rosenthal says the Phillies are open to paying a large chunk of that if it will net them better prospects.
Papelbon has continued to dominate despite a dip in velocity, boasting a 1.13 ERA, 0.917 WHIP, and 29/6 K/BB ratio in 24 innings this season. The 34-year-old has tallied 12 saves for a 22-39 Phillies team.