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Rougned Odor pulls off straight steal of home

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Second baseman Rougned Odor helped cut into the Rangers’ deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Athletics. Entering the inning trailing 8-3, Odor doubled in a run to make it 8-5. Odor would advance to third base on an infield single. Later, with Shin-Soo Choo batting with two outs, Odor noticed lefty Ryan Buchter wasn’t paying attention when he was coming set on the mound. Odor decided to attempt a straight steal of home and did so easily, reducing the deficit to 8-6.

The A’s would tack on a run in the top of the ninth and the Rangers would fight back for two in the bottom half of the ninth, falling just short in a 9-8 loss. Odor finished 3-for-4 on the afternoon with a pair of doubles, three RBI, and two runs scored. He needed a good day at the plate. Even after Sunday’s effort, he’s batting a meager .177/.246/.333 with seven homers, 29 RBI, 27 runs scored, and five stolen bases in 204 plate appearances on the season.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.