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MLB announces Weekly Players of the Week and the Play of the Week: Padres’ Tatis Jr, A’s Montas, Dodgers’ Taylor


Fernando Tatis Jr. 2019 photo By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


Frankie Montas pitching to plate 2019 photo By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


Chris Taylor at plate 2017 photo By TonyTheTiger - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https

Fernando Tatis Jr., Frankie Montas named Players of the Week presented by Chevrolet

Chris Taylor Makes a Game-Ending Throw to Claim Play of the Week
3:34 PM EDT

Dynamic shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. of the San Diego Padres has been chosen the National League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet,and starting pitcher Frankie Montas of the Oakland Athletics has been named the American League Player of the Week presented by Chevrolet. The announcements were made earlier today on MLB Network.

Tatis earned his first career NL Player of the Week Award and is the first Padres winner since his former teammate Manuel Margot for the period ending July 31, 2017. Fernando became the first Friars infielder to do so since Chase Headley in August 2011. Montas also claimed his first career weekly award and is the first A’s winner since his teammate Mark Canha last year for the week ending August 26th. Frankie’s rotation-mate Mike Fiers was the last A’s hurler to accomplish the feat, also doing so last year (May 13th).

Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres (@fernando_tatis21)

  • Batted .435 (10-for-23) with seven runs scored, a double, six home runs, nine RBI, two walks, a stolen base, and a 1.261 slugging percentage over six games played.
  • Enters play today in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak dating back to August 2nd, including three multi-hit efforts.
  • Clubbed his eighth home run of the season in yesterday’s win over the Arizona D-backs. Became the ninth different player 21 years old-or-younger in Major League history to homer in four consecutive games, and the first since Ronald Acuña Jr. last year (August 6th-9th).
  • Logged his first multi-homer game of the season on Saturday against Arizona. Has recorded six home runs over his last six games and enters action today tied with Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees for the 2020 Major League lead (8).

Frankie Montas, Oakland Athletics

  • Compiled a perfect 2-0 record with 14 strikeouts, four walks, six hits and a 0.64 ERA across 14.0 innings pitched over two starts.
  • In Saturday’s outing against the Houston Astros, limited the opposition to just two baserunners on a pair of hits with five punchouts over 7.0 scoreless frames.
  • Was the first such outing by an A’s hurler since Fiers tossed 8.0 shutout innings with only two baserunners last year on September 20th.
  • Led by Montas and a strong bullpen, Oakland enters play today with the second-lowest ERA in the AL (2.66), trailing only the Cleveland Indians (2.04). The A’s pace the AL West with a 12-4 (.750) record on the season.

Other noteworthy NL performances last week included outfielder Charlie Blackmon (.560, 7 R, 14 H, 9 RBI) of the Colorado Rockies, who had a superb week with two homers and three doubles while his .560 average and 14 hits paced the Majors; starting pitcher Max Fried (2-0, 0.82 ERA, 11.0 IP, 9 SO) and All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman (.320, 6 R, 6 XBH, 6 RBI) of the Atlanta Braves; shortstop Erik González (.458, 11 H, 3 2B, 8 RBI) of the Pittsburgh Pirates; outfielder Michael Conforto (.348, 4 R, 4 XBH, 5 RBI) of the New York Mets; and Fernado’s teammate, starter Dinelson Lamet (1-0 1.46 ERA, 13 SO, 12.1 IP).

Other noteworthy AL performances for the week included first baseman Mitch Moreland (.417, 4 HR, 7 RBI, 1.417 SLG) of the Boston Red Sox; backstop Salvador Perez (.429, 12 H, 4 2B, 4 RBI) of the Kansas City Royals; outfielders Byron Buxton (.318, 6 R, 3 HR, 7 RBI) and Max Kepler (.292, 5 R, 4 XBH, 8 RBI) of the Minnesota Twins; All-Star outfielder Mike Trout (.280, 5 R, 4 HR, 7 RBI) of the Los Angeles Angels, who homered in his first at-bat following the birth of his son, as well as homering on his 29th birthday on Friday night; and Frankie’s teammates Matt Chapman (.310, 7 R, 2 2B, 3 HR) and Matt Olson (5 R, 4 HR, 8 RBI, 7 BB).


Game-ending throw by Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers

August 5th at SD – Watch It Here

Outfielder Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers earned his first career Play of the Week honor and is the second consecutive Dodgers outfielder to do so, following his All-Star teammate Mookie Betts. With one out in the bottom of the ninth inning of a 7-6 game on Wednesday night against San Diego, Taylor caught a flyball in deep left field to get the second out before firing a 93.3 mph throw to cut down Trent Grisham at home plate and seal the Dodgers’ win. Additional Play of the Week candidates included Alex Verdugo’s clutch home-run robbing catch in the top of the ninth inning of a two-run game; Austin Hays’ diving catch in left-center field; Jake Cave’s leaping catch to prevent a three-run homer; Cavan Biggio’s diving catch while charging in from right field; and Eddy Alvarez’s diving play at second base.


LA Dodgers place RHP Joe Kelly on Injured List


10:08 AM PDT


LOS ANGELES- The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed right-handed pitcher Joe Kelly on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation, retroactive to August 9, and have recalled left-handed pitcher Adam Kolarek.

Joe Kelly

Kolarek, 31, returns to the Dodgers after being optioned on Thursday. The lefty has made four appearances for the Dodgers this season, going 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA (0 ER/3.1 IP) and three strikeouts. In parts of four Major League seasons, the Maryland native is 10-3 with a 3.65 ERA (41 ER/101.0 IP) and 71 strikeouts. He was acquired by the Dodgers on July 31, 2019 from Tampa Bay in exchange for outfielder Niko Hulsizer and he is 4-0 with a 0.60 ERA (1 ER/15.0 IP) and 12 strikeouts in 30 games since joining Los Angeles.

Kelly, 32, heads to the injured list for the first time this season and the fifth time in his Major League career. The right-hander has appeared in seven games for the Dodgers this season, tossing 6.1 innings, allowing five hits with five walks and five strikeouts without allowing a run. He is in his second season with Los Angeles and is a combined 5-4 with a 4.06 ERA (26 ER/57.2 IP) and 67 strikeouts in 62 games. In his nine-year career, split between the St. Louis Cardinals, Boston Red Sox and Dodgers, he is a combined 48-29 with a 3.89 ERA (295 ERA/683.0 IP) and 565 strikeouts. The Southern California native was originally drafted in the third round of the 2009 First Year Player Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals out of UC Riverside.



Texas Rangers sign INF/OF Derek Dietrich to minor league contract


11:23 AM CDT


Arlington, TX — The Texas Rangers announced today that infielder Derek Dietrich (pronounced DEE-trik) has been signed to a minor league contract and assigned to the Alternate Training Site.

Dietrich, 31, was released by the Chicago Cubs on August 8 after signing with the club and joining its Alternate Training Site on July 23. He spent the bulk of the year in the Cincinnati organization, but saw limited action in Summer Camp before he was released by the Reds on July 20 near the start of the regular season. He did not play with the Reds in any exhibition contests, but appeared in 10 games with Cincinnati prior to the shutdown in March.

Derek Dietrich (Reds photo)

The left-handed batter has hit .246 with 79 home runs and 247 RBI over 721 career Major League games with Miami (2013-2018) and Cincinnati (2019). He hit a career-high 19 home runs in 113 games for the Reds last season. Dietrich has appeared primarily at second base in the Majors while also seeing time at first base, third base, and left field.

The Ohio native attended St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, the same school that produced Texas right-hander Luke Farrell. Dietrich was originally drafted by Tampa Bay in the 2nd round of the 2010 June draft out of Georgia Tech, and was traded to Miami in 2012.

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Orioles-Nationals to resume suspended game this Friday in Baltimore

12:15 PM EDT


The Baltimore Orioles and Washington Nationals will resume their suspended game from August 9 on Friday, August 14 at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The suspended game will begin at 5:05 p.m. ET and resume at the point in which it was suspended. The Orioles will remain the road team and play will resume with one out in the top of the sixth with runners on first and second and the Orioles leading, 5-2.

Both the suspended game and the regularly-scheduled game will be 9.0-inning regulation games. The regularly-scheduled game will begin 45 minutes after the completion of the suspended game.

Read more: Baltimore Orioles


Astros trade for Reds LHP Brooks Raley

August 9, 2020


Houston to send player to be named later to Cincinnati


HOUSTON, TX – The Houston Astros have acquired LHP Brooks Raley from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for a player to be named later. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager James Click.

Raley will report to Houston this week before being added to the Major League roster. To make room for Raley in the club’s Player Pool, the Astros have transferred RHP Roberto Osuna to the 45-day IL.

Brooks Raley (Reds photo)

Raley, 32, made four appearances for the Reds this season before being designated for assignment on Thursday. This season is his first back in Major League Baseball since 2013, as he spent his last five seasons with the Lotte Giants in the Korean Baseball Organization (2015-19).

In 2019, Raley made 30 starts for Lotte posting a 3.88 ERA (78ER/181IP). He’s recorded at least 30 starts, 178.1 innings and 134 strikeouts in each of his five seasons in the KBO. Over that span, he was one of only two pitchers in the KBO to record at least 150 starts and at least 900 innings pitched. In January, the Reds signed Raley to a minor league contract and invited him to Spring Training. A native Texan, Raley attended Uvalde (TX) High School and played college baseball at Texas A&M.

Read more: Houston Astros


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