Danny Valencia expected to remain with Athletics until end of season

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There was a report on Monday that indicated that Danny Valencia‘s time with the Athletics would soon come to an end, but it turns out he’s expected to stick with the team until the end of the regular season, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Valencia, 31, has had a productive season, batting .291/.347/.461 with 16 home runs and 48 RBI in 450 plate appearances. He will, however, be going into his third and final year of arbitration eligibility after earning $3.15 million this season — a raise the small-market Athletics likely aren’t too keen on covering.

Then there was that whole snafu with teammate Billy Butler during which Valencia ended up giving Butler a concussion. Butler was released on Sunday.


Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.