Rays claim Oliver Drake off waivers from Twins

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The Rays announced on Thursday that the club claimed pitcher Oliver Drake off waivers from the Twins.

Drake, 31, is well-traveled. In 2018, he wore uniforms for the Brewers, Indians, Angels, Blue Jays, and Twins. Prior to that, he was with the Orioles, so the Rays will be his seventh organization.

The right-hander owns a career 4.59 ERA with 151 strikeouts and 58 walks in 137 1/3 innings. Drake could be utilized in the Rays’ “opener” strategy.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.