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Royals don’t expect Jason Vargas to contribute in 2016

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Royals starter Jason Vargas underwent Tommy John surgery last August and was given a timetable of 14 months, which was also given to Luke Hochevar last season and Tim Collins for this season. As such, the Royals aren’t expecting him to contribute, even if he’s ready for a potential postseason push in October, MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports.

Vargas, 33, is signed through 2017, earning $8.5 million this season and $8 million next. Last season, the lefty posted a 3.98 ERA with 27 strikeouts and 12 walks across 43 innings before hitting the shelf with his elbow injury.

Over the offseason, the Royals added Ian Kennedy and Mike Minor, re-signed Chris Young, and added a handful of pitchers on minor league deals in an attempt to maintain starting rotation depth.

Orioles set new MLB record with 259th home run allowed

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Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.


A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.

The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.

David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.

The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.