Jul 23 2014
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On Tuesday, the New York Yankees acquired Chase Headley from the San Diego Padres for infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-handed pitching prospect Rafael De Paula to San Diego in the deal. It didn’t take long for Headley to get on the good side of Yankees fans. After getting to Yankee Stadium in the middle of the game, Headley struck out as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning and then grounded out in his next two at-bats. It didn’t matter because Headley was a hero after delivering a walk-off single in the 14th inning of a 2-1 victory over the Rangers. It will be interesting to see whether Headley can revive his career over the next two months before he hits free agency. He finished fifth in the National League MVP voting in 2012 after batting .286 with 31 homers and 115 RBI, but he’s battled injuries since then and going into Tuesday’s game, has hit just .243.
MLB NEWS & NOTES
- Mike Moustakas went 3-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI in the Royals’ 7-1 win over the White Sox on Tuesday. Moustakas had hit just two home runs since June 21 and he hadn’t driven in a run in his past eight games prior to Tuesday’s outburst. The two home runs give Moustakas 12 home runs on the season to go with a .198 BA. Games like Tuesday’s remind of his potential, but the third baseman is just too inconsistent to be relied upon in any fantasy formats.
- Carlos Santana went 4-for-5 with a home run and nine total bases as the Indians cruised past the Twins 8-2 on Tuesday. Santana had just three extra-base hits in his previous nine games, but he added two doubles to go with his 15th home run of the year. The four-hit evening raised his season batting average to .214.
- Kyle Hendricks limited the San Diego Padres to five hits over seven shutout innings in a win on Tuesday. In just his second major league start with the Cubs, Hendricks shut down a weak Padres offense for his first career victory. Hendricks walked three while striking out five and he certainly pitched well enough for the Cubs to take a longer look. His next start will likely come this weekend against the Cardinals.
- Adam Wainwright lasted just 4.2 innings, allowing six runs (four earned) on six hits and four walks while striking out four batters in his fifth loss (12-5) of the year Tuesday in the Cardinals’ 7-2 defeat to the Tampa Bay Rays. It was an uncharacteristically bad outing for Wainwright as this was only the second time all year he didn’t last at least five innings. Wainwright is still having a dominant season and has a fantastic 2.02 ERA. His next scheduled start is set for Sunday against the Cubs on the road.
- Tim Lincecum earned the first save of his eight-year career on Tuesday night in the 14th inning to get the final two outs for a Giants victory. George Kontos started off the inning, but got into trouble when Ryan Howard singled to lead off the inning and Wil Nieves doubled with one out to put runners at second and third. Lincecum allowed Howard to score on a ground out, but was able to get Domonic Brown to ground out to first to end the game. As a starter, Lincecum has improved lately, and now owns a 3.65 ERA. Lincecum started on Sunday but should be able to make his next scheduled start on Friday against the Dodgers at home.
- Anthony Rizzo belted his 24th and 25th home runs of the year Tuesday, while going 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBI and two runs scored in the Cubs’ 6-0 win over the Padres. Rizzo continues to mash and his 25 home runs now lead the NL. With a .283 BA through 360 at-bats, Rizzo keeps on building on a fantastic breakout campaign.
- According to Will Kane and Carolyn Jones of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Oakland Athletics have finally settled their 10-year lease agreement to remain in the O.co Coliseum. Owner Lew Wolff accepted changes made by city officials. The new lease allows the Athletics to leave Oakland as soon as December 2017 with two years’ notice, though the team would have to continue paying rent through the end of the agreement. The team is expected to pay Oakland and Alameda County about $20 million over the next 10 years. Wolff has interest in pursuing a new stadium at the O.co Coliseum site, and the lease agreement says the team will “engage in good faith discussions” to stay in Oakland.