The Nats release Willy Taveras

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In early February, the Reds traded Willy Taveras to the A’s.  Within a week of that going down, the A’s released him.  Then the Nats signed him, but as of today they have joined the growing fraternity of teams who have realized that being fast is not the same thing as knowing how to play baseball, and now they too have given Willy Taveras his unconditional release.

It’s rare to find a player as poor as Willy Taveras is who have gotten as many chances as Willy Taveras has.  Three different teams have installed him at the top of their order and given him over 400 plate appearances at various times.  With the Nats washing their hands of him, perhaps we’ve finally come to a point where people realize that there is nothing less valuable in the world than a guy with no power who can’t get on base.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.