Brewers activate closer Jim Henderson from disabled list

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As expected, the Brewers have activated right-handed reliever Jim Henderson from the 15-day disabled list in time for Sunday’s series finale against the Phillies. Tyler Thornburg was optioned to Triple-A Nashville late Saturday to open up a roster spot.

Henderson wound up missing exactly 15 days with a strained right hamstring. He had a stellar 0.92 ERA, 0.81 WHIP and 23/5 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings before hitting the shelf and should immediately take back the Brewers’ ninth-inning job from Francisco Rodriguez, who performed admirably as a fill-in.

Henderson, a 30-year-old late-bloomer, has registered an impressive 2.50 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 68/18 K/BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings since making his major league debut last July 26. It’s quite a success story.

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UPDATE, 10:40 AM ET: MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers will keep K-Rod in the ninth-inning role until he reaches career save No. 300. The 31-year-old is currently sitting on 298 saves.

Video: J.D. Martinez hits league-tying 23rd home run

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The Red Sox and Mariners left nothing on the table Friday night, going head-to-head in a series opener that eventually ended 14-10 in the Sox’ favor. Led by Steven Wright and Wade LeBlanc — neither of whom made it past the fifth inning — the teams combined for 34 hits and four home runs, including two moonshots from Seattle’s Nelson Cruz and a five-run rally that gave Boston the edge in the seventh.

In the sixth inning, however, the Red Sox were still scrambling to make up a four-run deficit. Left fielder J.D. Martinez cut it in half with one swing, pouncing on an 89.5-mph fastball from Seattle right-hander Nick Vincent and posting it to dead center field for a two-run shot.

The 427-foot blast was Martinez’s 23rd of the season, tying Mike Trout for the most home runs in the league this year. While he still has a ways to go before eclipsing the career-best 45-HR mark he set in 2017, he’s off to a strong start this season: Entering Friday’s game, the 30-year-old slugger was batting .315/.386/.623 with a 1.009 OPS and AL-leading 55 RBI in 308 PA. He finished Friday’s game 4-for-5 with five RBI, just one triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

Heading into the All-Star Break, both Martinez and Trout still have some competition for the home run title. Jose Ramirez is sitting at 22 homers, while Nelson Cruz and Khris Davis are tied at 20 apiece.