Alex Rios is back in the Rangers’ starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Rays for the first time since aggravating a right ankle injury on a slide into home plate Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.
Rios initially sprained his right ankle on July 19, but he was able to avoid a disabled list stint and is now closer to full health after getting two full days of rest. The 33-year-old outfielder cleared revocable waivers early last week and could be moved to a contending team before the August 31 waiver trade deadline passes.
Rios is batting .293/.323/.414 with four home runs and 16 stolen bases through 112 games this season for Texas. He’s making $12.5 million this year and holds a $13.5 million club option for the 2015 campaign.
Yeah, singular. Other than those ESPN Sunday Night games that opened the season for several years until recently I can’t remember a regular season day or night with only one game scheduled. I also don’t much like it, but no one asks me these things.
Cubs 9, Cardinals 6: The Cardinals led 3-1 heading into the Cubs’ half of the fifth, at which point Chicago went off for five runs, with Ian Happ hitting a two run homer and Jason Heyward, Antony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist each knocking in a run. St. Louis would continue to score but each time they did the Cubs answered, never trailing again.
Heyward had three hits on the night, Happ had that dinger, Rizzo had two doubles and Victor Caratini, giving the just-returned All-Star Willson Contreras an extra day off, had three hits and scored three times.
As for pitching, check out this usage pattern from Joe Maddon:
I guess everyone was fresh after the break, though, so why not?
We get a full slate of 15 games today. As God and Nature intended.