The Yankees release Preston Mattingly

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This has virtually zero baseball significance, but some people like dynasties, so we pass it along: the Yankees have released Preston Mattingly, son of Don.

In six seasons in the minors, Mattingly has put up a line of .232/.276./335.  Both his father’s current employer and his father’s former employer released him, so you have to figure that’s it for him.

At least as a player. Maybe he can be Magic Johnson’s special assistant for Mattingly-relations or something.

Jordan Hicks throws 105 MPH twice against Phillies

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One likely wouldn’t guess it based on his strikeout rate, but Cardinals reliever Jordan Hicks is one of the hardest-throwing pitchers in the game. The right-hander hit 105 MPH on the radar gun twice during Sunday’s appearance against the Phillies, according to Statcast.

Hicks was asked if he could throw harder than 105 MPH. He said, “I surprised myself yesterday (when he reached (103.8 MPH), I surprised myself today. We’ll see.”

Hicks got the final four outs of Sunday’s 5-1 victory over the Phillies. He walked two and struck out one. He carries a 2.05 ERA but has only nine strikeouts and 16 walks in 22 innings this season.