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Red Sox DFA Blake Swihart, recall Sandy León


Evan Drellich reports that the Red Sox are designating catcher Blake Swihart for assignment. They are calling up Sandy León to take his place.

Swihart was hitting .231/.310/.385 as of this morning but his DFA is likely more a function of the Sox trying to do something — anything — to get the pitching staff back on track. León can’t hit a lick but his game-calling skills and his defense are superior, so he’ll get the call when Christian Vázquez isn’t catching.

The 27-year-old Swihart was once a top prospect but has never fulfilled his potential. Whether that is on him or on a Red Sox organization that never seemed to want to commit to him behind the dish is unclear, but what’s done is done. You have to figure that his reputation and that potential will get him a shot with another team, whether that occurs via trade or if he is released and signs elsewhere.

Nelson Cruz hits 400th career home run

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Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.

Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.

Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.