Livan Hernandez was a one-man gang last night in Atlanta

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Not only did Livan Hernandez shut out the Braves for eight innings last night, he went 2-for-4 with a double and a homer at the plate in an 6-0 victory.
Hernandez now has 10 career homers, which ranks third among all active pitchers:

                      PA     HR
Carlos Zambrano      650     21
Mike Hampton         845     16
LIVAN HERNANDEZ     1042     10
Micah Owings         198      9
Yovani Gallardo      181      8
Dontrelle Willis     413      8

Hernandez has more plate appearances than everyone else on that list, so it’s not quite an apples-to-apples comparison. For instance, Hernandez ranks just 10th in OPS among active pitchers with at least 150 plate appearances:

                      PA      OPS
Micah Owings         198     .861
Yovani Gallardo      181     .690
Mike Hampton         845     .650
Carlos Zambrano      650     .637
Dontrelle Willis     413     .634
Adam Wainwright      331     .588
Dan Haren            287     .580
Russ Ortiz           608     .549
Darren Oliver        243     .543
LIVAN HERNANDEZ     1042     .532

On the other hand, Hernandez is the active hit king among pitchers with 204 and no one else is within 25 hits.

Padres release Phil Hughes

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The Padres have released right-hander Phil Hughes. He was recently designated for assignment.

Hughes was traded from the Twins to the Padres at the end of May in a deal that was, essentially, the Padres acquiring a Competitive Balance pick and agreeing to pick up half of Hughes outstanding salary, which is $13.2 million in 2019. The Padres used him for 16 relief appearances but he was terrible, posting a 6.10 ERA.

The 32-year-old is a 12-year veteran. Given that he’ll basically be free to anyone who wants him, it’s not unreasonable to think he’ll get a non-roster invite to someone’s spring training next year, but it could very well be the end for him as well.