Cole Hamels is not having a good audition for the Red Sox

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What? You think he’s being traded to Boston too. It’s only a matter of time. For now, though, he’s pitching against the Red Sox for the Phillies and he’s having a hell of a time of it today.

Hamels has tossed five innings and he’s given up four runs on five hits with three walks. Four of those hits have been homers. Two by Dustin Pedroia (whose demise may have been greatly exaggerated) one by Mookie Betts and one by Hanley Ramirez. All solo shots, thankfully.

Current score: 4-0 after five innings. In other news, they are serving liquor in Citizens Bank Park. Probably selling well today.

Francisco Cervelli shines in his Braves debut

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Last week the Pittsburgh Pirates released Francisco Cervelli. Yesterday he was signed by the Braves. Atlanta gave him the start behind the plate and he went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three runs driven in to help his new team to victory over the Mets. Welcome to Atlanta, Frankie.

Cervelli had been rehabbing from a concussion and hadn’t seen big league action since late May. He was ready to come back, though, and the Pirates — who are going nowhere — gave him his release so that he might join a contender for the stretch run.

The performance he put up last night, obviously will not be the norm for him going forward. But it’s also the case that his early 2019 batting line of .193/.279/.248 is not indicative of his talent level either. He posted an .809 OPS (122 OPS+) in 2018, and if he gives Atlanta anything even approaching his usual production it’ll help stabilize a shaky catching situation for the Braves.