The move is official, via beat writer Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe …
Craig went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Saturday’s loss to the Blue Jays, dropping his season slash line to .135/.237/.192. Since last year’s trade that sent him from St. Louis to Boston, the 30-year-old outfielder is batting .130/.235/.192 with 53 strikeouts in 166 plate appearances. This from a guy who ranked among the most productive hitters in baseball between 2011-2013. Craig really hasn’t been the same since suffering a Lisfranc injury while running the bases in late 2013. And the Red Sox still owe him $26.5 million.
Joe Kelly, the other piece from that trade with the Cardinals, walked seven batters and surrendered six earned runs over 5 2/3 innings Saturday in Toronto. He has a 6.35 ERA and 1.35 WHIP in six outings this year. John Lackey, meanwhile, boasts a 3.20 ERA and 1.17 WHIP in six starts for St. Louis. On a $507,000 salary.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.