According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, the Red Sox have joined the Orioles in asking the Rangers about Koji Uehara, and with Texas known to be interested in infielder Jed Lowrie, there would seem to be a fit.
Texas lost faith in Uehara after he got shelled in the postseason, so it’s no surprise that he’s been made available. However, the 36-year-old has posted a 2.56 ERA and an 147/17 K/BB ratio out of the pen the last two years. The Red Sox wouldn’t necessarily see him as a closer, but he’d have a chance to occupy a key role in the seventh and eighth innings.
Lowrie, 27, has struggled to stay healthy as a major leaguer, but he could well be an above average regular at second base or an adequate one at third base if he can shake the injuries. The Rangers would use him as a utilityman. He hit .252/.303/.382 in 309 at-bats for the Red Sox last season.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.