Tyler Cloyd to replace Roy Halladay in the Phillies rotation

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The Tyler Cloyd era is … go! Jim Salisbury reports:

The Phillies will bring up Tyler Cloyd to start in Roy Halladay’s place Friday night in Phoenix. Cloyd, who turns 26 a week from Thursday, is 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA in six starts at Triple A Lehigh Valley this season.

Salisbury reports that Ruben Amaro chose Cloyd because he has “the hot hand.”

Shhh! Don’t tell Ruben about this.

To be fair, Cloyd did pitch well last time. He struck out 10 in eight innings and allowed a single run in his outing against Indianapolis. And black came up the last three times at the roulette wheel, so I’m totally betting on red.

Cubs to activate Craig Kimbrel on Thursday

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The Cubs will activate reliever Craig Kimbrel ahead of Thursday afternoon’s game against the Braves, Sahadev Sharma of The Athletic reports.

Kimbrel, 31, ended a seven-month stint in free agency, agreeing to a three-year, $43 million contract with the Cubs earlier this month. He has made four minor league appearances, allowing one earned run on two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

With an aggregate 3.96 ERA entering Wednesday, the Cubs’ bullpen has been among the better bullpens in the league. Adding Kimbrel, one of the greatest closers of all-time, certainly can’t hurt and will give them some stability in save situations.