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MLB Players of the Week presented by Chevrolet : White Sox No-hitter pitcher Lucas Giolito, Padres star 3B Manny Machado

Lucas Giolito pitching in 2019 Major League Baseball All-Star Game By Ian D'Andrea on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


Manny Machado with Padres in 2019 By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


Victor Robles makes leaping catch and turns double play to claim Play of the Week


3:29 PM EDT


All-Star right-hander Lucas Giolito of the Chicago White Sox, who tossed the first no-hitter of the 2020 season last Tuesday night, has been chosen the American League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet, and All-Star third baseman Manny Machado of the San Diego Padres has been named the National League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet for the second consecutive week. The announcements were made earlier today on MLB Network.

Giolito earned his second career AL Player of the Week Award (also June 3, 2019) and became the first White Sox pitcher to win multiple awards since Mark Buehrle won twice (2007 and 2009). Giolito follows his teammate José Abreu, who was last week’s AL Player of the Week. The last time the Sox had consecutive winners was in April 2012, when Philip Humber and Paul Konerko claimed back-to-back AL Player of the Week awards. Machado claimed his second consecutive weekly honor and sixth of his career. He becomes the first Padres player to win in back-to-back weeks since Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn in July 1988. Additionally, it marks the first time that the Padres have had consecutive wins since Andy Benes and Gwynn in August 1993. Machado is the first player to be honored in two straight weeks since Cleveland’s Francisco Lindor in May 2018, and he’s the first to do so in the NL since J.D. Martinez for Arizona in September 2017. Along with teammate Fernando Tatis Jr.’s win earlier this month (Auguest 9th), the Padres have claimed three of the last four NL Player of the Week awards. They are the first team to have three weekly winners in a single calendar month since the Detroit Tigers in May 2016, and the first NL team since the New York Mets in June 2006.

Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox (@LGio27)

  • Tossed his first career no-hitter on Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates, yielding just a single walk while striking out 13.
  • Marked the 19th no-hitter in White Sox history and the first since Philip Humber’s perfect game on April 21, 2012 at Seattle. Also marked the first at Guaranteed Rate Field since Minnesota’s Francisco Liriano on May 3, 2011 and the first by a Sox pitcher at home since Mark Buehrle’s perfect game against Minnesota on July 23, 2009.
  • Became the youngest White Sox pitcher (26 years old) to throw a no-hitter since 21-year-old Wilson Álvarez on August 11, 1991 at Baltimore.
  • Was his fourth career complete game and third career shutout, last doing so on August 21, 2019 at Minnesota.
  • Tied a career-high with 13 strikeouts, doing so for a second consecutive start and for the fourth time in his career. The 13 strikeouts were the most in a Sox no-hitter, eclipsing Humber’s previous record of 12. Marked his ninth career outing with double-digit strikeouts and the first time since three straight contests of at least 10 strikeouts last August.
  • Enters his start tonight at Minnesota with a 16.0-inning scoreless streak over his last two starts, marking the longest since his career-best 22.0-inning stretch from May 28-June 8, 2019.

Manny Machado, San Diego Padres

  • Posted a slash line of .538/.519/1.000 with eight runs scored, 14 hits, one double, one triple, three home runs and seven RBI over six games.
  • Collected four multi-hit games, including a four-hit game on Tuesday vs. Seattle, finishing a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.
  • Went 3-for-5 with two homers, four RBI and three runs scored in San Diego’s improbable 10-7 win over the Mariners in the first game of a doubleheader on Thursday. Machado, who also homered in the second game, helped the Padres come back from a 7-3 while down to their last out with nobody on base.
  • Recorded at least one hit and one run scored in a career-best 11 consecutive games from August 18th-29th.
  • Enters play today riding a 12-game hitting streak dating back to August 18th. During that span, is batting .510 (25-for-49) with six homers, 16 RBI, four doubles, a triple and 16 runs scored while posting a .537 on-base percentage and a 1.000 slugging percentage.

Other noteworthy AL performances last week included All-Star first baseman Miguel Cabrera (.500, 11 H, 1 HR, 7 RBI, 1 2B) of the Detroit Tigers, who hit his 2,000th career hit as a Tiger on Sunday; outfielder Kyle Tucker (.500, 2 HR, 9 RBI, 1 2B, 2 3B, 1.286 SLG) of the Houston Astros; outfielder Randal Grichuk (.370, 10 H, 3 HR, 8 RBI, 2 2B, .778 SLG) and first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (.391, 1 HR, 10 RBI, 4 2B, .696 SLG) of the Toronto Blue Jays; and outfielder Tyler Naquin (.348, 2 HR, 7 RBI, 4 2B) of the Cleveland Indians.

Other noteworthy NL performances for the week included All-Star outfielder Andrew McCutchen (.435, 10 H, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 1 2B, 2 SB, 7 R, .739 SLG) of the Philadelphia Phillies; All-Star starter Adam Wainwright (1-0, 3.38 ERA, 1 CG, 16.0 IP, 13 SO) of the St. Louis Cardinals, who tossed a complete game on his 39th birthday yesterday; outfielder Jesse Winker (.333, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 2 2B, 6 R, .852 SLG) of the Cincinnati Reds; shortstop Trea Turner (.519, 14 H, 1 HR, 4 RBI, 5 2B, 1 SB) of the Washington Nationals; outfielders Jason Heyward (.421, 3 HR, 4 RBI, 2 2B, 1 3B, 1.105 SLG) and Kyle Schwarber (4 HR, 7 RBI, 6 R, .667 SLG) of the Chicago Cubs; and rookie starting pitcher Sixto Sánchez, who tossed 7.0 scoreless innings, permitting six hits with a walk and 10 strikeouts in his second Major League start on Friday.


Leaping Catch and Throw for a Double Play by Victor Robles of the Washington Nationals

August 25th vs. PHI – Watch It Here

Speedy center fielder Victor Robles of the Washington Nationals earned his second career Play of the Week honor (also June 11, 2019), joining Milwaukee’s Lorenzo Cain, who had three plays chosen in 2019, as the only players to win multiple times since the inception of the award in 2019. Along with Anthony Rendon’s award-winning play last May, the Nationals have now had three plays win overall, and are the fourth team to have three such awards, joining the Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles and Brewers. With one out in the top of the sixth inning of Tuesday’s contest against the Philadelphia Phillies, Robles sprinted back to deep center field before making a leaping catch and then firing a perfect throw to first base to complete a double play. Additional Play of the Week candidates included Randal Grichuk’s diving catch in the left-center field gap to steal an extra-base hit from Anthony Santander; Ronald Acuña’s diving grab in deep right-center field to take away an extra-base hit from Bryce Harper; Victor Reyes’ over-the-wall catch to rob Miguel Sanó of a home run; Mike Yastrzemski’s grab at the center-field wall to bring back a potential homer off the bat of Justin Turner; and Ketel Marte’s behind-the-back flip to record the force out at second base.




Padres continue to retool their roster in blockbuster trade with Indians; adds Clevinger to already stellar starting pitching staff


9:58 AM PDT


SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres have acquired right-hander Mike Clevinger, outfielder Greg Allen and a player to be named later from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for catcher Austin Hedges, infielders Gabriel Arias and Owen Miller, outfielder Josh Naylor, left-hander Joey Cantillo and right-hander Cal Quantrill, Executive Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller announced today.

Clevinger, 29, went 1-1 with a 3.18 ERA (8 ER, 22.2 IP) and 21 strikeouts in four starts for the Indians this season and held opponents to two-or-fewer runs in three of those four starts. In 2019, Clevinger posted a 13-4 record with a 2.71 ERA (38 ER, 126.0 IP), 1.06 WHIP, and 169 strikeouts (12.07 SO/9.0 IP) to just 37 walks in 21 starts. He threw 100+ pitches in 13 consecutive starts (7/17-9/19/19) and won a career-best 10 consecutive decisions from July 3 to September 8.

Mike Clevinger gives an interview at Cleveland Indians Tribe Fest at Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland in February 2020 photo By Erik Drost on Flickr - , CC BY 2.0, https

Since the beginning of the 2018 season, Clevinger is 27-13 with a 2.92 ERA (113 ER, 348.2 IP), the 4th-lowest mark among all qualifying American League starters behind Justin Verlander (2.56), Gerrit Cole (2.76) and Blake Snell (2.82). He also ranks 7th in the AL during that span in WHIP (1.13) and opponents average (.219), 10th in SO/9.0 IP (10.25), 13th in strikeouts (397) and 14th in fWAR (8.8).

Originally selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the 4th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player draft, Clevinger has posted a 42-22 record with a 3.20 ERA (186 ER, 523.1 IP), 1.20 WHIP and 584 strikeouts in 101 career games (88 starts). The Jacksonville, Fl. native has the 4th-highest career winning percentage (.661) among all active Major League starters (min. 50 starts), trailing only Walker Buehler (.742), Shane Bieber (.727) and Clayton Kershaw (.698). Clevinger is arbitration eligible through the 2022 season.

Allen, a native of Chula Vista, Calif., has appeared in 220 games over parts of four Major League seasons with the Indians (2017-20), batting .239 (133-for-556) with 22 doubles, six triples, eight home runs, 57 RBI and 76 runs scored. The 27-year-old switch-hitter has been successful in 31 of his 37-career stolen base attempts (83.8%) and has appeared in games at all three outfield positions. Allen attended Hilltop High School and San Diego State University, where he was drafted by the Indians in the 6th round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft.

Read more: San Diego Padres





Indians-Padres involved in 9-player trade: Clevinger, Allen go to West Coast

12:43 PM EDT


Mike Clevinger

Greg Allen


1B/OF Josh Naylor, C Austin Hedges and RHP Cal Quantrill Joining Major League Squad



The Cleveland Indians today announced the acquisition of INF GABRIEL ARIAS, LHP JOEY CANTILLO, C AUSTIN HEDGES, INF OWEN MILLER, 1B/OF JOSH NAYLOR and RHP CAL QUANTRILL from the San Diego Padres in exchange for RHP MIKE CLEVINGER, OF GREG ALLEN and a player to be named.

Arias, 20, entered the 2020 season ranked as the seventh-best prospect in the San Diego system ( and 94th-overall in MLB (Baseball Prospectus). The right-handed hitting SS had a breakout year in the High-A California League last season, slashing .302/.339/.470 as a 19-year-old while ranking third in the Cal League in RBI (75) and total bases (224), fourth in average (.302) and sixth in slugging pct. (.470) to earn midseason All-Star honors. One of the top prospects in the 2016-17 international signing class, the Venezuela native has hit .270/.319/.396 across three professional seasons. He was a non-roster invitee to spring and summer camp, spending the last five weeks at San Diego’s Alternate Training Site (Univ. of San Diego).

Cantillo, 20, entered the season ranked as the ninth-best prospect in the San Diego system ( following an outstanding 2019 campaign, posting a combined record of 10-4 with a 2.26 ERA in 22 starts between low-A Fort Wayne and high-A Lake Elsinore (111.2IP, 70H, 28ER, 34BB, 144SO, .179 avg). He led the Padres system in strikeouts (144) and after the season earned Midwest League postseason and low-A All-Star accolades (Baseball America). The member of San Diego’s 60-man player pool was SD’s 16th round selection in the 2017 draft out of Kailua (HI) High School and has crafted a three-year professional ERA of 2.51 (47ER/168.2IP).

Hedges, 28, has been a full-time member of the Padres since 2017, compiling a Major League career average of .200 (243-for-1217) with a career slash line of .257/.360/.617 in 406 games. He finished tied for fourth among NL catchers in home runs (18) and drove in a career-high 55 runs in 2017 and last season was a NL Rawlings Gold Glove finalist. The San Juan Capistrano, CA native was credited with 21 defensive runs saved (FanGraphs) in 2019, second among Major League catchers behind Roberto Pérez (30 DRS). In 29 games this season, Hedges has hit .167/.262/.352 with three home runs.

Miller, 23, was San Diego’s third round (84th overall) selection in the 2018 draft out of Illinois State University, entering the season rated as the 11th-best prospect in the SD system (MLB). The Fredonia, WI native owns a two-year professional batting average of .307 (247-for-805) with 47 2B, 5 3B, 17 HR and 101 RBI in 205 games. He spent the 2019 season at Double-A Amarillo in the Texas League, batting .290 (147-for-507) with 28 2B, 2 3B, 13HR and 68 RBI in 130 games (.355/.430/.785), leading the TL in hits. After the season, he was named an organizational ( and Class-AA All-Star (Baseball America). He was a non-roster invitee to spring and summer camp, spending the last five weeks at San Diego’s Alternate Training Site.

Naylor, 23, was the 12th overall selection in the 2015 MLB Draft and has spent parts of the last two seasons in MLB with the Padres, batting .250 (72-for-288) with 15 2B, 1 3B, 8 HR and 34 RBI in 111 games. He has split the 2020 campaign between San Diego (.278/.316/.417) and the Alternate Training Site after spending the previous season between SD and AAA El Paso, batting .314 (70-for-223) with 20 2B, 10 HR & 42 RBI in 54 games (.936 OPS) in the PCL. The Mississauga, Ontario native is the older brother of Cleveland’s 2018 first round pick Bo Naylor. The two-time SiriusXM Futures game participant (2016-17) was drafted out of HS by the Miami Marlins and acquired by SD in a seven-player deal in July 2016.

Quantrill, 25, was the eighth overall selection by San Diego in the 2016 MLB draft out of Stanford. The Port Hope, Ontario native has spent parts of the last two seasons with the Padres, posting a Major League record of 8-8 with a 4.79 ERA in 33 games/19 starts (120.1IP, 123H, 64ER, 34BB, 107SO). He owns a career ERA of 1.80 in 14 relief outings over those two seasons (25.0IP, 18H, 5ER, 9BB, 24SO). He entered the 2018 campaign ranked as the 40th-best prospect in all of MLB (MLB Pipeline) and participated in the 2017 SiriusXM Futures game. He is the son of Paul Quantrill, a 14-year Major League veteran (1992-2005) and 2001 AL All-Star.

Read more: Cleveland Indians


Wheeling, Dealing Padres continue to add depth with acquisition of C Jason Castro


9:10 PM PDT


SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres have acquired catcher Jason Castro from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for right-handed pitcher Gerardo Reyes, Vice President/General Manager A.J. Preller announced today.

Castro, 32, played in 18 games for the Angels in 2020, posting a .323 on-base percentage and a .192 batting average (10-for-52) with 10 walks, four doubles, two home runs, six RBI and five runs scored. Eight of his 10 hits and all six of his extra-base hits have come against right-handed pitching for a .450 slugging percentage. He made 17 appearances behind the plate this season (16 starts) and has not made an error in 127.2 innings caught with one passed ball.

Originally selected by the Houston Astros in the 1st round (10th overall) of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, Castro is a career .231 hitter (629-for-2726) with 152 doubles, nine triples, 88 home runs, 337 runs scored and 298 RBI across parts of 10 Major League seasons between the Astros (2010-16), Minnesota Twins (2017-19) and Angels (2020). The Castro Valley, Calif. native has a career .329 on-base percentage and .421 slugging percentage against right-handed pitchers, he has made 7 career postseason appearances between the Astros (2015) and Twins (2017) and the 6-3, 215-pound left-handed hitter was named an American League All-Star in 2013 with Houston.

Read more: San Diego Padres


Angels get Gerardo Reyes in trade with Padres


9:09 PM PDT


Padres receive C Jason Castro from Angels


ANAHEIM – The Angels today acquired RHP Gerardo Reyes from the San Diego Padres in exchange for C Jason Castro. Today’s announcement was made by General Manager Billy Eppler.

Reyes, 27, has not appeared in the Majors for San Diego this season, but was on the Alternate Training Site roster at the University of San Diego. He appeared in 27 games for the Padres last year, going 4-0 and recording 38 strikeouts in 26 innings of work after making his Major League debut April 12, 2019 at Arizona. His 13.2 strikeouts per nine innings rate ranked 10th in the National League (min. 25 IP). Additionally, in 34 games for Triple-A El Paso, he went 4-2 with a 3.57 ERA (45.1 IP – 18 ER) with 61 strikeouts and 20 walks.

A native of Ciudad, Victoria, Mexico, Reyes was originally signed as an amateur free agent by the Tampa Bay Rays in 2013 after pitching collegiately at Galveston College (Galveston, TX). He was traded by the Rays to the Padres on Dec. 19, 2014 as part of a three-team deal with the Nationals. In 186 career minor league game (all in relief), is 14-14 with a 3.23 ERA (248 IP – 89 ER) and 281 strikeouts. He has averaged 10.2 strikeouts per innings in his minor league career, including a 12.1 rate at the Triple-A level.

Castro, 33, batted .192 (10/52) with five runs scored, four doubles, two home runs and six RBI in 18 games for the Angels this season. The Castro Valley, CA native signed a one-year deal with the Angels on Jan. 7, 2020. A veteran of 10 Major League seasons, Castro owns a .231 (629/2726) career average with 88 home runs and 298 RBI in 843 career games for the Astros (2010, 2012-16), Twins (2017-19) and Angels (2020).

Read more: Los Angeles Angels


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