No K-Rod, no problem: Santana hurls complete game shutout

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With closer Francisco Rodriguez “unavailable” for this afternoon’s game, Johan Santana stepped up with a complete-game shutout of the Rockies.
Santana had 110 pitches through eight innings, but came out for the ninth anyway and needed just five more throws for his eighth career shutout and fourth since joining the Mets.
He allowed just four hits and two walks while racking up 10 strikeouts for the 49th double-digit strikeout game of his career. Santana improved to 10-6 with the victory and also sliced his ERA to 2.89, which is tied with Chris Carpenter for ninth in the league.
Santana had a 3.11 ERA in 175 starts with the Twins. He now has a 2.82 ERA in 84 starts with the Mets.

Alex Bregman shaved his mustache off in the middle of Sunday’s game

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Astros third baseman Alex Bregman apparently wasn’t happy with his mustache on Sunday afternoon as he shaved it off in between innings during his team’s contest against the Royals. Bregman walked and later scored in the Astros’ eight-run second inning, but when he took his next plate appearance in the fourth inning, he was clean-shaven.

Sometimes you just need to switch things up. 🤷‍♂️🤷‍♀️

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Bregman made a throwing error in the seventh and finished 0-for-4 with the walk on the afternoon. The Astros won 11-3.

Bregman isn’t the only player to make headlines for his facial hair recently. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper recently shaved his signature beard. The Yankees approve of what both players have done.