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Rockies to call up prospect Brendan Rodgers

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Another day, another prospect gets called up. Well, another two days, as Thomas Harding of MLB.com is reporting that the Rockies are calling up shortstop prospect Brendan Rodgers tomorrow.

Rogers, 22, is batting .356/.421/.644 with nine home runs, 21 RBI, and 34 runs scored in 35 games this season at Triple-A Albuquerque. Adjust for (a) Albuquerque (elev: 5,312 feet); and (b) this year’s insanely-inflating Triple-A numbers in general, of course.

Still, Rodgers is considered a top 25-30 prospect overall. He’s reported to be an excellent contact hitter and has good power for a middle infielder. The only knock so far has been health, as he’s suffered some nagging injuries over the years which limited him to 114, 89 and 110 games over the past three seasons in the minors.

Rodgers could play some shortstop given that Trevor Story suffered a bruised knee in last night’s game against the Red Sox, but many think his future lies at second base. Which, this year, has been an offensive black hole for Colorado.

Yankees pound Hyun-Jin Ryu, beat Dodgers 10-2

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“We haven’t had many games like this,” Dodgers manager Dave Robert said after last night’s loss to the Yankees. That’s for sure.

There were no wild walkoff hits. There were no home runs by Dodger batters. There were two, including a grand slam, from Didi Gregorius, however, and he and New York batters pounded Hyun-Jin Ryu, perhaps the stingiest pitcher in baseball this year, for seven runs on nine hits in four and a third as the Yankees beat the Dodgers 10-2 in Dodger Stadium.

Aaron Judge, who has been slumping something terrible, opened up the scoring with a solo home run in the third. Two batters later Gary Sánchez matched him with a blast of his own. An A.J. Pollock RBI single in the bottom half of the inning made it a 2-1 game but after that the Yankees stepped on the gas with a five-run fifth highlighted by a Didi Gregorius grand slam. Gleber Torres would homer in the sixth, Judge would single home a run in the eighth and Gregorius would strike again in the ninth with a solo homer for his second blast of the night. That one gave the Yankees 57 bombs in the month of August, which sets a team record. There’s still a week left in August too.

As for the Dodgers, Ryu was uncharacteristically rusty, though it probably should be noted that this was his second poor outing in a row. struggled through his second straight sub-par outing. The last time out he lost to Atlanta. allowing all four Braves’ runs in 5 2/3 innings as the Dodgers fell 4-3. His ERA came in to this game at a still-MLB-best 1.64, but those seven runs in fewer than five — his shortest outing in nearly two months — puffed it up to an even 2.00.

The Yankees scored just nine runs in their three losses in Oakland. Last night they beat that by one. And they brought themselves to within one game of the Dodgers for the best record in all of baseball, which would determine home field in the World Series should these two powerhouses meet.

For now, though, Roberts is limiting the implications of all of this to Friday night, saying “fortunately, it only counts for one loss.” Yep. But man, it was an ugly one.