Rays put James Loney on disabled list, call up Allan Dykstra


Tampa Bay first baseman James Loney has been placed on the disabled list with a strained right oblique muscle and the Rays called up Allan Dykstra from Triple-A to fill his roster spot.

Loney was scratched from Tuesday’s game and initially insisted it was a minor injury, but the Rays will shut him down for at least two weeks.

Dykstra was the Padres’ first-round draft pick in 2008 and is now making his MLB debut just six weeks short of his 28th birthday. He spent last season at Triple-A for the Mets, hitting .280 with 16 homers and a .930 OPS in 117 games, posting an excellent 97/84 K/BB ratio on the way to a .426 on-base percentage.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.