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Indians acquire Oliver Drake from Brewers

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The Indians acquired right-handed reliever Oliver Drake from the Brewers on Saturday, per announcements from both teams. The Brewers will receive cash considerations in the deal. A corresponding move still needs to be made before Drake can be added to the roster.

The 31-year-old righty was designated for assignment by the Brewers on Tuesday. He pitched through just 12 2/3 innings with the club in 2018, drumming up a 6.39 ERA, 5.7 BB/9 and 10.7 SO/9 after contributing to several tough losses over the last month. He posted slightly more respectable numbers during his first full season in the majors last year, going 3-5 with a cumulative 4.66 ERA, 4.0 BB/9 and 10.0 SO/9 in 56 innings during back-to-back stints with the Orioles and Brewers.

The Indians aren’t exceedingly picky at this point in the season, however, especially after losing Andrew Miller to a left hamstring strain and Nick Goody to a bout of right elbow inflammation. Exacerbating the problem: The bullpen has pitched 16 1/3 of the team’s last 50 innings since the start of May. They currently rank third-last among major league relief corps with a collective 5.11 ERA and 0.0 fWAR.

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.