Detroit Tigers

The Royals signed Joba Chamberlain and Wandy Rodriguez to minor league deals

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Andy McCullough of The Kansas City Star reports that the Royals have signed pitchers Joba Chamberlain and Wandy Rodriguez to minor league deals. Both will report to Triple-A Omaha.

Chamberlain, 29, was released by the Blue Jays on Friday. They had signed him to a minor league deal 11 days after the Tigers released him in July, but he gave up 10 runs (eight earned) in five innings with Triple-A Buffalo. He put up a 4.09 ERA with a 15/5 K/BB ratio in 22 innings at the major league level with the Tigers.

Rodriguez, 36, was released by the Rangers on August 4 after compiling a 4.90 ERA with a 72/36 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings.

Rays activate Drew Smyly from 60-day disabled list

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As announced late Saturday night by the Rays’ official Twitter account, left-hander Drew Smyly has been activated from the disabled list and will start Sunday in Tampa Bay’s series finale against the Rangers. Kirby Yates was optioned to Triple-A Durham to clear out a 25-man roster spot.

Smyly has been sidelined since the first week of May with a partially-torn labrum in his left shoulder. The 26-year-old southpaw had a 2.70 ERA in three starts before the injury and boasts a 1.96 ERA in 10 total appearances (64 1/3 innings) since joining the Rays in last summer’s David Price trade.

Smyly is under contractual control with Tampa Bay through the 2018 season.

Video: Yoenis Cespedes showed off his arm again

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Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has, without question, one of the strongest and most accurate throwing arms in baseball. He’s made a number of memorable throws since debuting in the majors in 2012, but he hadn’t shown it off with his new club until Saturday night against the Pirates.

In a 3-3 game with out one out in the ninth, Pirates batter Sean Rodriguez ripped a fly ball into the gap in left-center at Citi Field. Cespedes overran it, which prompted Rodriguez to attempt to wheel around second base towards third base. That was a mistake. Cespedes fired a perfect one-hop strike to Juan Uribe at third base to nail Rodriguez for his first outfield assist as a Met. If Rodriguez had been safe, the Pirates would have had the go-ahead run only 90 feet away with one out.

Cespedes has 10 outfield assists on the year, counting his time with the Tigers. His career-high is 16 set last season between the Athletics and Red Sox.