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Javier Baez

Cubs expected to call up Javier Baez on September 1


Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com has the news:

The Cubs are planning to make Javier Baez part of their first wave of September call-ups.

“There’s a lot of things he can do to help you win right now,” manager Joe Maddon said Saturday at Dodger Stadium.

Baez batted just .169/.227/.324 and racked up a whopping 95 strikeouts in 52 games last season for the Cubs, but he’s made great strides with his plate approach this year on the farm and he could slide his way into regular playing time in Chicago if he hits well out of the gate. Baez entered play Saturday with a .316/.380/.530 slash line, 13 home runs, 60 RBI, and 17 stolen bases through 67 games at Triple-A Iowa. And he hit a sixth-inning single on Saturday night against the Pacific Coast League affiliate of the Giants to extend his current hitting streak to 15 games.

Baez is projected to get starts at third base, shortstop, and second base initially. He probably fits best at second, where Starlin Castro and Tommy La Stella have been splitting time since Addison Russell was moved to short. Baez, 22, was ranked a top-10 prospect by MLB.com, Baseball America, and Baseball Prospectus ahead of the 2014 season. He’s been buried somewhat by some other younger Cubs who have graduated and been able to contribute right away, but the kid’s future still shines bright.

Video: Bryce Harper destroys a bat after swinging strikeout

Bryce Harper

Bryce Harper took some frustration out on a now-former bat of his Saturday night at Nationals Park

That’s the Marlins broadcasting team on the call there. A little overly critical perhaps, but watching an MVP candidate favorite endanger himself and others with reckless behavior like that is pretty cringe-worthy.

Settling the Score: Saturday’s results

Adrian Beltre

It’s time to start taking the Rangers very seriously in the overcrowded American League Wild Card race.

Martin Perez pitched into the seventh inning and Adrian Beltre connected for his 408th career home run as Texas defeated the visiting Orioles 4-3 on Saturday night in Arlington. That’s the third victory in a row for the Rangers, who have won 12 of their last 16 games and now hold a 1 1/2 game lead over the Twins for the second AL Wild Card spot.

Cole Hamels has rounded into fine form after a rough start to his Rangers career and the offense has scored four or more runs in five straight games.

Minnesota and Anaheim — the two closest teams in the Wild Card standings — both lost Saturday.

Derek Holland will take on Miguel Gonzalez on Sunday as the Rangers try to sweep the O’s.

Your box scores and AP recaps from Saturday …

Tigers 1, Blue Jays 15

Red Sox 3, Mets 1

Cardinals 6, Giants 0

Royals 6, Rays 3

Marlins 1, Nationals 5

Padres 3, Phillies 4

Rockies 3, Pirates 4

Mariners 7, White Sox 6

Angels 3, Indians 8

Reds 12, Brewers 9

Astros 4, Twins 1

Yankees 3, Braves 1

Orioles 3, Rangers 4

Athletics 3, Diamondbacks 2

Cubs 2, Dodgers 5