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Indians call up prospect Oscar Mercado

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The Cleveland Indians, desperate for an offensive upgrade, have called up Oscar Mercado. He’ll be starting in left field in this afernoon’s game against the White Sox.

Mercado, 24, was hitting .294/.396/.496 four home runs and 14 stolen bases in 17 attempts through 30 games for Triple-A Columbus. He can play all three outfield positions and, obviously, has some wheels.

Mercado, a second round pick by the Cardinals in 2013, was traded to the Indians last summer in exchange for minor league outfielders Conner Capel and Jhon Torres.

The Indians have the 27th ranked offense in baseball and are, by far, the worst offensive team among contenders.

Josh Reddick says he and his Astros teammates have received death threats

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Yesterday Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle spoke to Athletics pitcher Mike Fiers. In the course of the interview, Fiers revealed that he has received death threats for blowing the whistle on the Astros’ cheating. Rob Manfred said last week, before the interview came out, that Major League Baseball would do everything in its power to protect Fiers and his family both when the A’s play in Houston and when they play anyplace else.

Manfred’s pledge of protection is going to need to be expanded, because today the guys on whom Fiers blew the whistle are saying they’ve received death threats as well.

At least Josh Reddick is saying it:

It’s obviously disgraceful for anyone to have to endure this sort of crap. People need to get a grip.