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Cole Hamels scoffs at a Brewers-Cubs rivalry based on ticket sales

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The Brewers beat the Cubs yesterday and the clubs face off five more times in the next eight days. With Milwaukee four games back of Chicago, the outcome of these two series will most likely determine the NL Central. Basically, the Brewers need to take most if not all of these games to have a real shot at the division title.

That — combined with the fact that Miller Park and Wrigley Field are only 90 miles apart — would seem to make for a pretty good rivalry. Cubs pitcher Cole Hamels is not buying it, though. Why? Because Cubs fans take over Miller Park when the two teams meet. Hamels:

“When you have the majority of Cubs fans in the stands, I don’t know if that’s a rivalry. They aren’t going to like me for the comment, but look at the ticket sales.”

It’s true that Cubs fans, despite the best efforts of the Brewers, who have tried to limit ticket sales for Cubs series to Wisconsin residents, fill up Miller Park when the teams meet. Chicago isn’t far away and Cubs fandom extends pretty far into the northern Chicago suburbs and exurbs when stretch into southern Wisconsin. The numbers are undeniable. Still, that’s quite a comment from a Cubs player after a loss. Especially one of the newest Cubs players.

Because of how the rotation will work out Hamels won’t face the Brewers for the rest of the year, but if the two sides meet in a playoff series and Hamels has to pitch in Miller Park, it’ll be interesting to see (a) the composition of the crowd; and (b) the reception he gets.

Red Sox place Chris Sale on 10-day injured list

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Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.

It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.

Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.