The Fabled Sophomore TE Leap

The Fabled Sophomore TE Leap
Raymond Summerlin dives into the numbers to see if tight ends really have an elevated chance of breaking out their second season.
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Fernando Rodney has been added to the American League All-Star roster.

Rodney is replacing Tampa Bay's David Price, who opted out because he will be starting Sunday versus the Blue Jays. Rodney leads the American League with 27 saves and holds a 1.98 ERA on the season.
Jul 12 - 8:44 PM

Alberto Callaspo has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring.

Callaspo was placed on the 15-day disabled list Saturday evening and could very well be out longer than 15 days. Andy Parrino was called up in a corresponding move to provide the A's with infield depth. Eric Sogard and Nick Punto will be Oakland's primary second basemen.
Jul 12 - 8:29 PM

Twins released LHP Scott Diamond.

Diamond had a 6.52 ERA, a 1.638 WHIP, and 47 strikeouts in 80 innings for Triple-A Rochester. The 27-year-old southpaw will look to sign with a new team.
Jul 12 - 8:13 PM

Kevin Correia tossed six innings of one-run ball Saturday in the Twins' 9-3 win over the Rockies.

Correia flirted with danger, yielding seven hits and a walk while striking out just one batter, but he operated well in situations that required damage control to earn a victory in his final start of the season's first half. He's 5-11 with a 4.61 ERA and 1.42 WHIP.
Jul 12 - 8:04 PM

Charlie Blackmon finished 5-for-5 with an RBI but the Rockies fell to the Twins on Saturday.

Colorado actually out-hit Minnesota 13-12 but lost the game 9-3. Blackmon did his part, smacking singles in the first, third, fifth, seventh, and ninth innings. He has a strong .306/.352/.483 batting line on the year.
Jul 12 - 8:02 PM

Kevin Kiermaier went 3-for-4 with three RBI as the Rays routed the Blue Jays 10-3 on Saturday.

Kiermaier hit a two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning and added a one-run single in the seventh. He also doubled, and is now batting .310 with a .926 OPS in 47 games this season. It's been a surprising few months from the 24-year-old outfielder, who never really had standout minor league numbers. There could be some serious regression in the second half.
Jul 12 - 7:50 PM

Drew Hutchison gave up six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings as the Blue Jays fell to the Rays on Saturday.

Tampa Bay got to him for six hits and five walks. Hutchison is very talented but has been inconsistent this season and will head into the All-Star break with a 6-8 record, 4.16 ERA, and 1.30 WHIP in 110 1/3 innings.
Jul 12 - 7:47 PM

Jason Castro hit a two-run homer to help the Astros beat the Red Sox 3-2 on Saturday afternoon.

Castro also tripled in the game. He missed most of this week with discomfort in his left armpit, but the pain medication he was prescribed appears to be working. The 27-year-old catcher has eight homers and 36 RBI on the season. He's capable of a nice second half.
Jul 12 - 7:44 PM
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