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Red Sox the latest team to target Blue Jays closer Ken Giles

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It’s no secret that the struggling Boston Red Sox could use some bullpen help, or any type of pitching help really. As the trade deadline quickly approaches, they are apparently looking north of the border to secure a reliable arm.

According to reports, the team has expressed interest in a number of reliable relievers, most notable Toronto Blue Jays closer Ken Giles.

The 28-year old, who was initially acquired by Toronto in a trade that shipped controversial right-hander Roberto Osuna to Houston back on July 30, 2018, has turned his career around and excelled in his first full season with the Blue Jays.

In 33 games and 33.0 innings pitched this season, Giles has posted a 1-2 record, 1.64 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and has converted 14 of his 15 save opportunities.

The Red Sox will have other suitors to compete with, considering he is one of the more valuable bullpen arms rumoured to be on the trade market. They also have their eyes on Padres’ ninth-inning stopper Kirby Yates in case they can’t get a deal with the Blue Jays done.

The MLB Trade Deadline is on July 31st.

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Braves looking to add Adeiny Hechavarria

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The Atlanta Braves are in need of some infield depth, and looking at a veteran to help them out.

According to reports, the team is considering adding Cuban shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to their roster in the near future.

The 30-year old has spent the 2019 MLB season with the New York Mets, posting a .204 batting average, .611 OPS, five homers and 18 RBI in 60 games. He was released from his contract on Wednesday.

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Twins slugger Nelson Cruz listed as day to day with left wrist strain

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Couldn’t have picked a worse time for this to happen.

Narrowly holding onto a 1 game lead in the AL Central, the Minnesota Twins have found out that they might be without their best hitter for a period of time.

The team confirmed Friday that they have listed DH Nelson Cruz as day-to-day after the All-Star slugger strained his left wrist on Thursday night.

Cruz sustained the injury when he swung and missed on a 2-1 fastball by Mike Clevinger in the fourth inning of the team’s 7-5 loss to the Cleveland Indians. After he grimaced in pain at the batters box, coaches and training staff came to check on him and then removed him from the game immediately after.

The 39-year old is putting up big numbers in his first season with the Twins, posting a .294 batting average, 1.035 OPS, 32 homers and 76 RBI in 87 games.

Losing Cruz for a significant time could potentially cost them their number 1 spot in the standing by seasons end.

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Clayton Kershaw passes Sandy Koufax to move into third on Dodgers’ all-time strikeout list

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He may have not had his best start of the year, but Clayton Kershaw certainly moved up the Los Angeles Dodgers record book on Thursday.

When he fanned catcher Austin Hedges with an 0-2 breaking ball in the sixth inning of the team’s 8-2 win over the San Diego Padres, he surpassed Sandy Koufax to move into third place in the franchise’s strikeout list with 2,397.

Despite his happiness for the accomplishment, he focused more on his frustrating performance post-game after walking a season-high batters in six innings.

“I heard the crowd, but I was a little bit frustrated with myself at the time,” said Kershaw, who walked a season-high five.

“I have the ball right here. It’s really cool, any time you get mentioned in the same breath as Sandy. He wouldn’t be proud of this one, though. Thankful I got through six. Can’t even talk about it, I was so bad.”

Kershaw now needs 90 strikeouts to pass Don Drysdale (2,486) for second all-time and 300 to climb over Don Sutton (2,696) for most K’s in franchise history.

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