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Phil Gosselin Cincinnati Reds

Two-run double against the Yankees. Has hit his way onto the 28-man roster for sure.

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Dylan Bundy Los Angeles Angels

CG for Dylan Bundy. Wow.

It can't be that long ago that he was the top pitching prospect in the game. He's only 27.

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Kevin Newman Pittsburgh Pirates

Big win for the Pirates this afternoon, rallying for three runs in the last two innings to beat the Twins at home. With runners on second and third and no outs in the ninth, Taylor Rogers struck out Polanco and got two quick strikes on Newman, who got just enough on the 2-2 offering to roll it into center against a drawn-in infield.

With the winning run on second in the ninth inning, I'm not sure I would have pitched to Newman. Rogers has great control; I think I'd walk the batter and play the infield at double-play depth. Get the force at home if you don't think you cam turn two.

As it is, the Pirates won their third game and the Twins lost their third.

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Tejay Antone Cincinnati Reds

From BA today...

Cincinnati Reds

Tejay Antone made his first career start, pitching 4.1 innings, allowing a run on two hits, walking four and striking out four. The righthander relies on above-average control without a plus pitch in his arsenal, but he struggled to throw strikes in the team’s loss to the Indians. Antone walked two batters and gave up a single to load the bases in the third inning before inducing a ground ball for a double play to end the frame. In the fifth he walked another batter before being relieved by Michael Lorenzen. Antone, the Reds No. 26 prospect, pitched 4.1 innings in relief on July 27, allowing a run on one hit, walking one and striking out five.

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Danny Mendick Chicago White Sox

From BA this morning...

Chicago White Sox

—White Sox No. 1 prospect Luis Robert collected a hit in the first inning to extend his hit streak to five games. Robert got caught stealing for the first time after successfully stealing four bases, and went 1-for-4 on the day.

—Starting in place of the ailing Nick Madrigal—who was placed on the injured list with a separated shoulder—Danny Mendick went 3-for-3 with a double. The White Sox No. 29 prospect hit .308 with two home runs and four RBIs in 39 at-bats in 2019.

<video of one of his knocks>

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Austin Hays Baltimore Orioles

His second RBI of the season was the team's only RBI in two games.

From BA...

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Baltimore Orioles

Austin Hays added his second RBI of the season in the team’s loss in the second game of a doubleheader to the Marlins. The Orioles No. 5 prospect went 1-for-2 with an RBI single to raise his average to .158 in 11 games.

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Randy Arozarena Tampa Bay Rays

Well they were going to trim further to 26 in two weeks, but have nixed that.  It will be 28 through the playoffs.  Also, the "taxi" squad taken on road trips to be there for sudden injury moves is being increased from three to five members.

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Stephen Tarpley Miami Marlins

Break up the Marlins!

Took them 4 hours and 25 minutes to sweep the away/home double-header in Baltimore.

How much fun for the Fish. How depressing for the Birds.

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Randy Arozarena Tampa Bay Rays

Are they really going to trim the rosters to 28 tomorrow? Seems ill-advised.

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Randy Arozarena (OF) TB - Aug. 05

https://www.rotowire.com/baseball/player.php?id=747502

Manager Kevin Cash recently said that Arozarena (COVID-19) will need a while to get back into game shape, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Arozarena has cleared all health-related protocols since testing positive for COVID-19, but because he missed all of summer camp before reporting to the Rays' alternate training site last week, he'll likely need at least another week to get his conditioning in order. MLB rosters are set to be reduced from 30 to 28 men beginning Friday, so Arozarena could have even more difficulty earning a look with the big club in the near future unless the Rays' outfield depth is tested. However, it is worth noting Juan Toribio of MLB.com reports there are positive reports about the promising prospect stemming from Port Charlotte, with manager Kevin Cash noting Arozarena has been "smacking doubles all over the ballpark" from what he's been told. 

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Joey Gallo Texas Rangers

Golden Sombrero for Joey.

Even so, look at that batting average (before the feed). An entirely reasonable K/W. His BABIP may be a little lucky but his HR/FB seems unlucky.

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Shohei Ohtani Los Angeles Angels

Watch your language

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Jorge Mateo San Diego Padres

Remember when the A's traded Sonny Gray for Mateo, Dustin Fowler, and James Kapriellian? It was a win-win. Three top 100 prospects for an All-Star pitcher.  Gray was one of those pitchers who just didn't succeed with the Yankees. He had an 86 ERA+ his one full year with the Yankees.  He's been great again in Cincy.

Meanwhile, Fowler tore up his knee on an electrical box and never really got back to the prior level. Mateo, you can see his stats. And, Kapriellian had Tommy John surgery. He missed two full years and pitched 68 solid innings last year.  

Sadly, the deal was actually a lose-lose.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed

Mateo moved from the 10 day IL to the 45 day IL

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Adam Ottavino New York Yankees

Ottavino gets one out and his second win as Yanks and Phils split seven-inning games, taking turns being the home team. The home team lost both.

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Aaron Nola Philadelphia Phillies

Fans the side in the 5th. Eleven Ks so far.

Homers are down in both leagues, which is good, but K rate is up, which is bad.

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Billy Hamilton San Francisco Giants

Gets his first SB of 2020 ... for the Mets!  (while going 0-for-4 ... classic)

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Max Scherzer Washington Nationals
Juan Soto Washington Nationals

He's in the lineup!  And starting the season 2-for-2 :-)

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Mickey Stanley Detroit Tigers

I worked with a fellow named Mike Stanley today ... reminded me of Mickey Stanley ... so I looked him up ... Mickey_Stanley @ Wikipedia ... here's the fun part I did not know ... 

With the 1968 AL pennant clinched, manager Mayo Smith started Stanley at shortstop for six of the last nine games of the season in preparation for the World Series. In an unorthodox move, Smith planned to replace regular shortstop Ray Oyler (who hit a paltry .135 that year) in favor of Stanley's superior bat. This would also allow the other three power hitting Tiger outfielders (Willie HortonJim Northrup, and Kaline) to be in the lineup for every game of the World Series. Prior to this, Stanley had only one start and eight total innings of experience at shortstop, accrued over both games of a doubleheader on August 23 that season.[1] Despite his inexperience at the position, he played adequately, committing two errors in 34 chances with neither error leading to a run. He was used as the starting shortstop for the entire 1968 World Series. Oyler had only a single plate appearance in the series, but was used as a late inning defensive replacement in all four Tigers' series wins. In those four games, Stanley would move to center field to finish the contest. Stanley did not have a stellar series at the plate, hitting .214, but he did triple and score two runs in a pivotal Game 5 comeback win for the Tigers. And his move allowed Horton, Northrup, and Kaline to all play full-time. Horton batted .304 with one home run (HR) and three runs batted in (RBI); Northrup batted .250 with 2 HR, 8 RBI, and a crucial two-run triple in Game 7; and Kaline batted .379 with 2 HR and 8 RBI. In its "The End of the Century" series, ESPN rated Smith's decision to move Stanley to shortstop for the 1968 World Series as #4 of the 10 greatest coaching decisions of the 20th century.

Howard Lynch LynchMob

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