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Jason Vargas blanks Giants for eighth career shutout


Jason Vargas, best known to Mets fans as being not-Dallas-Keuchel, continued to pitch well on Wednesday, tossing a shutout against the Giants. The lefty yielded just five hits and a walk while striking out eight in the Mets’ 7-0 victory.

Vargas last threw a complete game on June 2, 2017, when he was a Royal and shut out the Indians. Wednesday’s outing marks his eighth career shutout. Since 201, the year Vargas threw his first shutout, only one pitcher has racked up more shutouts: Clayton Kershaw (14). Adam Wainwright also has eight while six others (James Shields, Cliff Lee, Corey Kluber, Derek Holland, Félix Hernández, and Johnny Cueto) have seven.

Vargas has been on a roll lately. He gave up a run over seven innings against the Dodgers on May 30 and limited the Tigers to one run over five innings before that. His ERA is down to 3.57 and now owns a 37/19 K/BB ratio in 45 1/3 innings. In the Mets’ rotation, only Jacob deGrom (3.49) has a better ERA than Vargas.

Apparent roster snafu changes Blue Jays pitching plans

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ATLANTA — An apparent roster snafu forced the Toronto Blue Jays to change their pitching plans for Thursday night’s game at the Atlanta Braves.

After Nate Pearson gave up three runs in five innings, manager Charlie Montoyo brought in right-hander Jacob Waguespack to open the sixth.

As Waguespack walked to the mound, he was greeted by home plate umpire Alan Porter, who apparently delivered some bad news: The right-hander wasn’t on the 28-man active roster for the game.

The Blue Jays optioned Waguespack and infielder Santiago Espinal to the team’s alternate training site on Thursday to reach the 28-man roster limit.

Montoyo told reporters before the game Waguespack had been recalled when right-hander Trent Thornton was placed on the 10-day injured list with right elbow inflammation. That move apparently was not processed, leaving Waguespack off the active roster.

Waguespack walked to the dugout and Montoyo brought in Rafael Dolis as the official replacement for Pearson.