Davis' Game 7 home run will go down as one of the most overlooked clutch hit in World Series history. He had a solid season with Cleveland and it sounds like they'd like to bring back the veteran outfielder. At 36 years old, Davis set a career high in home runs with 12 and still managed to steal 43 bases. He should continue to be a solid contributor as he hasn't shown any signs of slowing down on the bases.
Dyson was kept out of Friday's lineup with groin tightness, which wound up being serious enough to warrant a spot on the DL. The club made the move retroactive to Aug. 17, so he will be eligible to return prior to next Sunday's game against the Yankees. In a corresponding move, Seattle activated outfielder Mitch Haniger (face) from the disabled list and slotted him into the starting nine for Saturday's contest against Tampa Bay.
Manager Kevin Cash is loading up the Tampa Bay lineup with right-handed bats against southpaw Ariel Miranda, sending Miller to the bench following three straight starts. In his place, Daniel Robertson draws the assignment at the keystone.
Pederson has struggled mightily since the All-Star break -- slashing .156/.253/.312 with two homers in 28 games -- and he isn't necessarily needed at the big-league level with the recent acquisition of Curtis Granderson, so the Dodgers decided to send him back to the minors to straighten himself out. "For Joc to take a breath in OKC will be good for him," manager Dave Roberts said. He should be back with the Dodgers once rosters expand in September, while the Dodgers will trot out an outfield of Granderson, Chris Taylor and Yasiel Puig moving forward.
Morrison will take a seat on the bench with left-hander Ariel Miranda on the mound for Seattle. This is the second straight game that Morrison is out after starting the previous 17 games. In his place, Lucas Duda gets another start at first while Evan Longoria spends a day in the DH spot.
A flu-like bug has been taking down Blue Jays in recent days. Tepera was tabbed the closer Friday after Roberto Osuna was sent back to the hotel with a fever, but the two will reverse roles Saturday as Osuna returns to action. The Jays have off Monday, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see Tepera held out Sunday, also, to get extra rest.
Osuna was sent back to the hotel before Friday's game with a fever, but he warmed up Saturday morning and is ready to go. Owners can get the closer back into lineups, but it's always prudent to stay alert for possible last-minute changes in these types of situations.
He has only not appeared in three games since the All-Star break, and is hitting .283/.319/.469 with five home runs and three steals in 113 at-bats over that span. Carson Kelly starts behind the dish and will hit eighth.
He was a late scratch Friday due to a minor hip injury, but will be back in for the matinee against righty Chad Kuhl. Wong is hitting .327/.405/.452 with one home run, one steal, 20 runs and 15 RBI in 104 at-bats since the All-Star break.
The Pirates wanted to add a fresh relief arm to the bullpen after Steven Brault logged four innings in relief Friday. Neverauskas has not pitched since Wednesday and is expected to be available as a long man, at least in the short term. He has a 2.77 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 43 strikeouts in 48.2 innings with Indianapolis this season. Brault was optioned in a corresponding move.
He allowed two runs on four hits and a walk in four relief innings against the Cardinals on Friday, and the Pirates will opt to add a fresh arm to the bullpen. Dovydas Neverauskas was promoted as a corresponding move, and he will serve as the long man out of the bullpen. Brault is deserving of a shot in the rotation, and if the Pirates have a need, he could get that shot when rosters expand in September.
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