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Indians recall LHP Logan Allen from AAA Columbus

10:45 AM EDT


CLEVELAND, OH — The Cleveland Indians today announced the following transactions relative to the 2019 Major League roster:

Recalled LHP LOGAN ALLEN (#53) from AAA Columbus.

Optioned LHP JOSH SMITH to AAA Columbus.

Logan Allen (courtesy Columbus Clippers)

Allen, 22, was acquired on July 31 from the San Diego Padres along with Yasiel Puig and Franmil Reyes. Logan is making his club debut after being assigned to Columbus following the trade, where he made two starts (6ER/6.1IP), the last of which coming on August 9. Prior to July 31, he split the 2019 season between San Diego (6.75 ERA, 8G/4GS, 19ER/25.1IP) and Triple-A El Paso (5.15 ERA, 13GS, 33ER/57.2IP), making his Major League debut on June 18 vs. Milwaukee (7.0IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 5SO). The West Palm Beach, FL native was Boston’s eighth round pick in the 2015 draft and was traded to SD in November 2015 in a deal that sent RHP Craig Kimbrel to Boston. He is currently ranked the third-best prospect in the Cleveland system by

Read more: Cleveland Indians


Reds current homestand highlights with Angels and Cubs coming to town




Monday, Aug. 5, 2019 – Reds vs. Los Angeles Angels, 7:10 p.m. (Gates open at 5:40 p.m.)

• National Anthem: Vocalist Sammi Garett and bassist Chris “Freekbass” Sherman will perform the National Anthem.

• Moment of Silence: Prior to the singing of the National Anthem, the Reds will hold a Moment of Silence for the community of Dayton as well as for other communities throughout our nation facing the aftermath of tragedies from this past weekend.

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2019 – Reds vs. Los Angeles Angels, 7:10 p.m. (Gates open at 5:40 p.m.)

• Heart & Hustle Award: José Iglesias will be presented with the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association’s “Heart & Hustle Award” during pregame ceremonies. The annual award was created to recognize one player on each MLB team who demonstrates a passion for the game and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

• Rosie Reds: Pregame ceremonies will celebrate and honor the Rosie Reds, the philanthropic and social organization that has supported the Reds since 1964.

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m. (Gates open at 5:40 p.m.)

Friday, Aug. 9, 2019 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m. (Gates open at 5:40 p.m.)

• Fireworks Friday: Rozzi’s fireworks show with a “Freaky Friday” soundtrack to begin approximately 10 minutes after the game ends.

• Military Appreciation Game: Tonight is Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Night and the fifth Military Appreciation Day of the season. Many of the pregame ceremonies will feature and honor men and women from Wright-Patt. Special ticket offers are available for military members in advance of game day only at

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 7:10 p.m. (Gates open at 5:40 p.m.)

• Reds Baseball Cards: To celebrate National Baseball Card Day, pack of Topps cards featuring select Reds players to all fans.

• First Pitch: Cincinnati native and WTA tour professional Caty McNally is expected to offer up a ceremonial first pitch as the Western & Southern Open gets underway in Mason.

Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019 – Reds vs. Chicago Cubs, 1:10 p.m. (Gates open at 11:40 a.m.)

• José Peraza Fathead® Wall Decal: As part of family day at the ballpark, José Peraza wall decal to kids 14 and younger.

• 1969 Throwback Uniforms: All Reds players and on-field staff will wear throwback uniforms from 1969. These uniforms featured a patch on the sleeve celebrating the 100th anniversary of professional baseball. Throwback uniforms are available at the Reds Team Shop and details on all the throwbacks can be found at

Ticket Offers for this Homestand

• Senior Day – Aug. 5: Fans 50 and older may purchase select non-premium tickets at half-price in advance of game day only. Each ticket includes free same-day admission to the Reds Hall of Fame and Museum. Excludes Fioptics District, Upper View Level, Value View and Kroger Bleachers. Some restrictions apply. Available at only.

• Thirsty Thursday – Aug. 8: For all Thursday Reds home games, fans can purchase a $30 package that includes a Field Box ticket and a $10 concession credit valid for food and beverages. Available only at

• Family Sunday – Aug. 11: For every Sunday home game, families can get up to three half-price tickets with purchase of a full-price ticket: (Available in advance of game day, some restrictions apply)

Reds Hall of Fame & Museum presented by Dinsmore

• Vada Pinson Bobblehead: Fans can receive a Vada Pinson bobblehead with regular-price admission to the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum (or a Great American Ball Park tour) on Saturdays and Sundays throughout August, while supplies last. With his combination of speed and power, Pinson was a two-time All-Star and with Frank Robinson anchored one of the strongest outfields in the National League. A brilliant defender, Pinson’s talents in center field were acknowledged with a Gold Glove Award in 1961 and Reds Hall of Fame induction in 1977.

Special Events

• Yoga on the Field at GABP, Aug. 10: The annual “Sliding into Om” yoga event will be held Saturday, Aug. 10 at 8:30 a.m. at Great American Ball Park. Sliding into Om features instructors from The Yoga Bar conducting a one-hour yoga session for all abilities and ages on the outfield grass at the ballpark. Packages start at $15. Sign up today at and at the event starting at 7:45 a.m.

Read more: Cincinnati Reds


Indians add Aaron Civale from AAA Columbus

CLEVELAND, OH – The Cleveland Indians today announced the following transactions relative to the 2019 Major League roster:

Recalled RHP AARON CIVALE (#67) from AAA Columbus.

Optioned RHP PHIL MATON to AAA Columbus.

Civale, 24, will make his second Major League start tonight vs. Texas after winning his Major League debut in Progressive Field vs. Detroit on June 22 (6.0IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, 6SO). Around his debut he has posted a mark of 7-1 with a 2.35 ERA in 13 Minor League starts between AA Akron and AAA Columbus (72.2IP, 64H, 19ER, 15BB, 70SO). He was on the Columbus Injured List, July 8-19, and has posted an ERA of 3.07 (5ER/14.2IP) in three starts since returning. Overall with the Clippers, he is 3-1 with a 2.13 ERA in eight starts (42.1IP, 38H, 10ER, 9BB, 46SO).

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Rays add veteran slugging 1B Jesus Aguilar from Brewers

July 31, 2019


Jesus Aguilar playing first base 2019 photo By Ian D'Andrea on Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.— The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired first baseman Jesús Aguilar from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jake Faria.

Aguilar, 29, has spent the last three seasons with the Brewers, batting .261/.339/.492 (259-for-993) with 49 doubles, 59 home runs and 194 RBI over that span. He is batting .225/.320/.374 (50-for-222) with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 94 games (52 starts) this season, but .311/.347/.600 (14-for-45) with three home runs and eight RBI in his last 18 games (nine starts) since July 5. Last season, Aguilar made the National League All-Star Team and finished 16th in overall balloting for the NL Most Valuable Player Award, batting .274/.352/.539 (135-for-492) with 35 home runs and 108 RBI in 149 games (123 starts). He ranked among NL leaders in homers (tied for fifth), RBI (tied for fourth), slugging pct. (fifth) and on-base plus slugging pct. (.890, ninth). He started all 10 of Milwaukee’s postseason games at first base and homered twice in the postseason.

Aguilar was signed by the Cleveland Indians in November 2007 and spent nine seasons in the Indians organization, including parts of three seasons in the majors. He was claimed off waivers by the Brewers in February 2017. Over parts of six seasons in the majors, he has appeared at first base (292 games, 237 starts), designated hitter (15 games, eight starts) and third base (nine games, two starts). He is a career .276/.359/.512 (78-for-283) hitter with runners in scoring position.

Faria, 26, has made seven appearances, all in relief, over four stints with the Rays this season. He went 6-2 with a 4.07 ERA (59.2-IP, 27-ER) in 23 appearances (seven starts) with Triple-A Durham, including a 2.02 ERA (35.2-IP, 8-ER) in 16 relief appearances. He was selected by the Rays in the 10th round of the 2011 June Draft out of Gahr High School in California. Over parts of three seasons in the majors, he is 9-8 with a 4.18 ERA (161.2-IP, 75-ER) in 40 appearances (26 starts).

Read more: Tampa Bay Rays


Braves add another option at closer, veteran Mark Melancon


July 31, 2019


The Atlanta Braves today acquired RHP Mark Melancon from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for RHP Dan Winkler and RHP Tristan Beck.

Melancon, 34, is 4-2 with a 3.50 ERA (18 ER/46.1 IP) in 43 appearances for the Giants, with 44 strikeouts and 16 walks. He has converted his only save opportunity.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound native of Wheat Ridge, CO has induced 81 ground balls on the season, and ranks sixth among National League relievers with a ground ball rate of 61.4%. In eight appearances since the All-Star break, he is 1-0 with a 0.93 ERA (1 ER/9.2 IP) and a .125 opponents’ batting average.

Melancon has converted 183 saves over an 11-year major league career, seventh most among all active pitchers. Among qualified active relievers, his 85.1 (183-for-215) career save percentage is fifth best in the majors.

Originally drafted by the Yankees in the ninth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Arizona, Melancon made his major league debut for New York in 2009. He has pitched for six major league teams in his career, appearing with the Yankees (2009-10), Astros (’10-11), Red Sox (2012), Pirates (’13-16), Nationals (2016) and Giants (’17-19). He is a three-time All-Star, appearing for the National League club in 2013, 2015 and 2016 while with Pittsburgh.

Melancon owns a 27-26 career record with a 2.82 ERA (176 ER/562.1 IP) and 183 saves in 560 games, all in relief. A veteran of five postseason series, he is 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA (4 ER/10.0 IP) and one save in 10 playoff games.

Read more: Atlanta Braves


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