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White Sox trade Miguel Gonzalez to the Rangers

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It’s not as big a deal as the Astros trading for Justin Verlander, but the Texas Rangers have boosted their rotation a bit by acquiring right-handed starter Miguel Gonzalez from the Chicago White Sox for a minor league infielder.

Gonzalez is 7-10 with a 4.31 ERA in 22 starts this season but he’s pitched pretty well of late, going 2-0 with a 1.85 ERA in last five starts. His last start game just yesterday, when he got a no-decision, allowing three runs over six innings in the White Sox’s 5-4 loss to Minnesota.

The Rangers, who are four games back for the second Wild Card spot with 29 games left to play, sent minor league infielder Ti’Quan Forbes to Chicago. They made room on their 40-man roster when right-hander Anthony Bass was designated for assignment.

Video: Kurt Suzuki breaks World Series Game 2 tie with long solo homer

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The postseason has a knack for finding unlikely heroes. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was 1-for-23 in the postseason entering Wednesday’s Game 2 of the World Series. The Nats and Astros each plated two runs in the first inning, then went otherwise scoreless through the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, with Justin Verlander returning to the mound, Suzuki demolished a high, 1-0 fastball just below the train tracks in left field at Minute Maid Park, breaking the 2-2 tie.

Verlander proceeded to walk Victor Robles, prompting manager A.J. Hinch to take his veteran starter out of the game. Ryan Pressly came in to attempt to keep it a one-run game.

The underdog Nationals held on to defeat the Astros 5-4 in Game 1. Another victory by the Nats in Game 2 would put the Astros — heavy favorites according to oddsmakers — in a big hole.

Update: Pressly walked the first batter he faced, Trea Turner. Adam Eaton successfully sacrifice bunted both runners over. After Anthony Rendon flied out to shallow center field, Hinch decided to issue his team’s first intentional walk of the entire year to Juan Soto, loading the bases. Howie Kendrick then hit what appeared to be an inning-ending ground out, but Alex Bregman booted the ball as he moved to his left. Turner scored to make it 4-2. The floodgates opened when Asdrúbal Cabrera lined a single to center field, bringing home two more runs to pad the lead to 6-2. While pitching to Ryan Zimmerman, Pressly uncorked a wild pitch to allow the two base runners to advance. Zimmerman followed up with a slow roller down the third base line which Bregman barehanded and proceeded to throw away. Two more runs scored. 8-2. Yiiiikes, Astros.