Garcia slugged a three-run shot in the first inning and he also went deep on Tuesday night. The 24-year-old outfielder will probably have to continue this strong finish if the White Sox want to move their way into the second American League Wild Card spot. They stand four games back at the time of this posting.
As announced on the official Twitter account of the New York Mets …
The Mets have acquired LHP Eric O’Flaherty and cash from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for a player to be named later.
— New York Mets (@Mets) August 5, 2015
Alex Torres was designated for assignment to open a spot on the roster and in the bullpen for the new arrival. O’Flaherty owns an ugly-looking 5.91 ERA in 25 appearances this season, but the 30-year-old has held left-handed batters to a .186/.286/.209 batting line in 2015 and a .201/.266/.263 line for his career. The first-place Mets wanted a true left-handed specialist for the stretch run, and they found one with a crafty waiver trade.
Richie Shaffer homered off White Sox reliever Daniel Webb for his first MLB hit on Tuesday night …
Shaffer, a first-round pick in 2012 out of Clemson University, was sporting an impressive .954 OPS and 16 home runs through 55 games this season at Triple-A Durham. The 24-year-old started at third base on Tuesday in Chicago with Evan Longoria serving as the Rays’ DH. Shaffer can also play first base.