The game was forgettable for the Indians — they got beat up by the Tigers again — but Jason Kipnis went 2-for-5 with two RBI last night, extending his hitting streak to 17 games.
Kipnis is hitting .346/.422/.511 with five home runs, 30 RBI, 47 runs scored, and 10 stolen bases. He’s also fourth in the All-Star voting at second base, three and a half million votes behind Omar Infante because democracy is a sham and because we can’t, as a people, have nice things.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.
Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.
The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.