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Leonys Martin exits game with hamstring issue

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Tigers outfielder Leonys Martin was forced to make an early departure from Sunday’s game against the Blue Jays. In the fifth inning, with the bases loaded and two outs, he laid down a bunt to score Niko Goodrum, then came up limping at first base.

Martin was swiftly replaced at first by pinch-runner Victor Reyes, and not a moment too soon, as Nicholas Castellanos picked a first-pitch fastball from J.A. Happ and returned it for a grand slam. Jose Iglesias tacked on another two-run single in the sixth, boosting the Tigers to a much-needed six-run lead over the Blue Jays. They currently lead 7-1 in the ninth and seemed well-positioned for a win — which, if they pull it off, will be their first since June 17.

While Martin was diagnosed with nothing more serious than a cramp in his left hamstring, it’s the same one that plagued him during his 10-day stint on the disabled list earlier this season. Undoubtedly the Cubs will continue to monitor him for any sign of something more serious, though he’s presumed to be day-to-day for the time being. Prior to his exit, the outfielder went 1-for-3 with an RBI. He entered Sunday’s contest batting a middling .256/.327/.432 with nine home runs and a .759 OPS in 303 plate appearances.

Angels release Matt Harvey

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Among several transactions made on Sunday, the Angels announced that pitcher Matt Harvey has been released. The right-hander was designated for assignment on Friday.

Harvey, 30, was hoping to bounce back with the Angels after signing a one-year, $11 million contract in December. It didn’t work out. In 12 starts spanning 59 2/3 innings, Harvey allowed 47 earned runs on 63 hits and 29 walks with 39 strikeouts. Harvey missed time between May 24 and July 12 with an upper back injury.

Since his 2015 campaign with the Mets, after recovering from Tommy John surgery, Harvey has a 5.65 ERA in exactly 400 innings. Given his age, he could still find an opportunity with another team short on pitching depth, but he is running out of leash, as they say.