Video: Cole Hamels launches second career home run

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Cubs starter Cole Hamels launched his second career home run, a solo shot off of the Pirates’ Jameson Taillon, in the bottom of the third inning on Monday night. The dinger cut the Pirates’ lead to 2-1.

Hamels’ other homer came on July 21, 2012 in the third inning against the Giants’ Matt Cain. Coincidentally, Cain also homered off of Hamels in the same game… also in the third inning.

On the pitching side of things, Hamels has been terrific for the Cubs, entering Monday’s action 4-1 with a 2.42 ERA and a 59/19 K/BB ratio in 63 1/3 innings back in the National League. he had a 4.72 ERA across 114 1/3 innings with the Rangers before the trade.

Mariners, Indians and Rays make a three-way swap

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The Indians, Mariners, and Rays are working toward finalizing a three-team trade. The full details have not been revealed yet, and there are conflicting reports as to who is going where, but we know that Carlos Santana and Edwin Encarnacion are involved.

Initial reports have the Mariners getting Edwin Encarnacion from the Indians in exchange for Carlos Santana, with Cleveland also receiving first baseman Jake Bauers from the Rays. Outfielder/third baseman Yandy Diaz will reportedly head to Tampa Bay along with a player to be named later. There has been a conflict in the past few minutes, however as to where Encarnacion is actually going: Seattle or Tampa Bay. Mark Feinsand of MLB.com says it’s Seattle, Bob Nightengale says it’s Tampa Bay. We’ll know soon enough, I suppose.

Santana played for the Phillies last year and was traded to Seattle just a couple of weeks ago. He’ll never have a chance to wear a Mariners uniform and, instead, will go back to Cleveland, where he played his entire career until 2018. Encarnacion has spent the last two years in Cleveland. Santana is owed $35 million over the next two seasons and has a 2021 buyout. Encarnacion is owed $24 million in 2019 if you include the buyout on his 2020 club option.  If Encarnacion is going to Seattle, you have to figure that the Mariners will flip him in mid-season if possible.