The Pirates pick up Braves' pitcher Chris Resop

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This was a waiver deal, but not revocable waivers. The Braves requested outright waivers on pitcher Chris Resop on Monday, the Pirates claimed him and now he’s theirs.

A good pickup, too.  At least one worth the waiver price. Resop, who is 27, has had some tough luck in various cups of coffee for the Marlins, Dodgers and Braves, but he had a 2.09 ERA, struck out ten batters per nine innings, had a serviceable walk rate and didn’t allow many homers in 15 AAA starts this year, which was his first real action as a starter in either the minors or majors.

Could be nothing, but could turn out to be a move with some upside. In other words, it’s exactly the kind of move the Pirates should be making.

Odúbel Herrera has homered in four consecutive games

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Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera produced what proved to be the game-winning hit on Wednesday afternoon, drilling a go-ahead solo home run to right field off of Cardinals reliever Sam Tuivailala in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Phillies went on to win 4-3, as the bullpen actually held on to a lead for once.

Herrera has now homered in four consecutive games and in five of his last six contests. The major league record is eight consecutive games with a home run, held by Don Mattingly, Dale Long, and Ken Griffey, Jr. The Phillies record is five consecutive games with a homer, held by Dick Allen, Mike Schmidt, Bobby Abreu, Chase Utley (twice), and Rhys Hoskins.

On the season, Herrera is batting .299/.355/.491 with 12 home runs, 41 RBI, and 35 runs scored in 297 plate appearances.