Sale's return could bolster the Red Sox rotation heading into the playoff run. While All-Star Nathan Eovaldi has been excellent in 2021 -- posting a 3.66 ERA and 1.23 WHIP in 103 1/3 innings over 18 starts -- concerns about the rotation continue to grow. Garrett Richards and Eduardo Rodriguez have posted ERAs of 6.45 and 5.35, respectively, since the start of June, while Martin Perez and Nick Pivetta have 4.76 and 4.85 ERAs in the same time period.Chicago Cubs
Robert Stock gets the start for the Mets on Tuesday against the Reds at 7:10 p.m. on SNY. Wade Miley will pitch for Cincinnati.
The White Sox already have a closer in Liam Hendriks, whom they signed to a three-year, $54 million contract this past offseason. But if the White Sox want to make a run to the World Series, it always helps to strengthen the bullpen.Minnesota Twins
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Teddy Ballgame and Yaz are in a class of their own, but Rice spent all 16 seasons with the Red Sox and eventually landed in the Hall of Fame as well. Rice won the AL MVP in 1978, led the league in homers on three different occasions (1977, '78 and '83) and was an eight-time All-Star.
The Sunday matchup between Washington and San Diego was an entertaining affair for all of the right reasons. It was a high-scoring game, and the Padres rallied in the ninth to make it a 7-7 game. Washington infielder Alcides Escobar came through as the hero in clutch time, hitting a walk-off single to give the Nationals the 8-7 victory. Escobar had two hits, two RBIs, a run and a walk.
“It’s just staying one day at a time and not really worrying about what's going to happen,” Rizzo said. “What's going to happen is going to happen, and none of us have any control of it.”Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago sent outfielder Joc Pederson to the Braves in exchange for 23-year old first baseman Bryce Ball on Thursday.Arizona Diamondbacks
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