Jason Isringhausen gets contract offer after throwing for Reds

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Jason Isringhausen threw a bullpen session in front of the Reds’ brass yesterday and general manager Walt Jocketty liked what he saw enough to offer the 37-year-old former Cardinals closer a contract.
“We’re waiting to hear back from his agent to see what he wants to do,” Jocketty told John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer. “We’ll know in next day or so.” Jocketty, who was the GM in St. Louis during Isringhausen’s prime, said “he looked good” but “is a long ways from being able to pitch in a game.”
Dusty Baker said: “He looked good for a guy who’s been out a while. He looked strong.”
Pitching coach Bryan Price said: “It looks like he could go out and pitch somewhere. It didn’t take him long to get loose and ready. He looked very healthy to me.”
That somewhere will probably be Triple-A, assuming that Isringhausen accepts the Reds’ offer. He reportedly has a few other teams interested.

Video: J.D. Martinez hits league-tying 23rd home run

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The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.

In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.

The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.