Tigers signed RHP Arcenio Leon to a minor league contract.
Leon registered a 3.30 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, and 53/21 K/BB ratio in 62 2/3 innings of relief this summer with Acereros de Monclova of the Mexican League. He'll be on the minor league side of Tigers camp next spring, with no shot of cracking the major league roster. The well-traveled 30-year-old right-hander has never appeared in a major league game.
Twins signed LHP Nik Turley to a minor league contract.
Turley split the 2016 season between independent ball and the Double-A affiliate of the Red Sox, posting mostly underwhelming numbers. The 27-year-old has yet to appear in a major league game and it probably won't happen in Minnesota, though lefty relievers do tend to get nine lives. Turley was a 50th-round pick of the Yankees in 2008.
Cubs manager Joe Maddon would not rule out the possibility of Kyle Schwarber playing left field as the World Series shifts to Wrigley Field.
This isn't Maddon's call, though. Schwarber will receive a medical exam on Thursday to determine whether his surgically-repaired left knee is sound enough for play in the field. Even if he isn't available beyond pinch-hitting duties in Games 3-5 at Wrigley, the slugger has already made his mark on this World Series. In Game 2 on Wednesday, he hit a pair of RBI singles and drew a walk to help the Cubs knot their series with the Indians at 1-1. Maddon relayed that he saw no physical issues with Schwarber during the first two games in Cleveland.
Aroldis Chapman tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball to preserve the Cubs' 5-1 win over the Indians in Game 2 of the World Series on Wednesday.
With a massive rainstorm bearing down on Cleveland, Chapman entered with two outs and a runner on in the eighth inning. The Cubs held a 5-1 lead at the time, so there was no save situation. He struck out Jose Ramirez to end the would-be threat, then recorded the first two outs in the ninth without issue. He did walk Brandon Guyer to extend the frame, but would induce a Roberto Perez ground out to end the game. The rain held off for just long enough to get this one in the books. Onward to Wrigley Field, now, with Game 3 scheduled for Friday in a 1-1 series.
Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 with two RBI singles in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Indians in Game 2 of the World Series.
Schwarber surprised earlier this week by making the World Series roster after undergoing a torrid rehab of a torn ACL suffered in April. Already, he has made his mark. He doubled in Game 1 of the series, then came back around in Game 2 to pick up RBI singles in the third and fifth innings. The 23-year-old slugger also drew a walk in the contest. He has had the luxury of serving as a designated hitter in the American League park, but has not been medically cleared to play the field. Unless the Cubs receive fresh clearance on that front, Schwarber will be relegated to pinch-hitting work in Games 3-5 at Wrigley Field.
Ben Zobrist went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Indians in Game 2 of the World Series.
Zobrist's fifth-inning RBI triple opened the scoring in what would evolve into a three-run frame by the road team. The veteran infielder now has three multi-hit efforts this postseason. In two World Series games, he is 5-for-8 with a double and a triple.
Zach McAllister surrendered an RBI triple to Ben Zobrist in the fifth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Cubs in Game 2 of the World Series.
McAllister came on for Trevor Bauer with two outs in the fourth inning and proceeded to strike out Dexter Fowler to close out that frame. He would open the fifth with a strikeout of Kris Bryant, but after allowing walking Anthony Rizzo following a 10-pitch battle, he proceeded to allow an RBI triple to Zobrist. At which point, McAllister was relieved of duty. Zobrist would score on an RBI single by Kyle Schwarber after the 28-year-old right-hander exited stage left. McAllister has made two appearances this postseason, allowing three runs over 1 1/3 frames.
Jason Kipnis put an end to Jake Arrieta's no-hitter bid in Wednesday's loss to the Cubs in Game 2 of the World Series, notching a one-out double in the sixth inning.
Kipnis capitalized on an Arrieta breaker that did not truly break, swatting it up the middle and immediately pushing for extra bases. His aggressiveness paid off in the form of a double and he would ultimately come around to score on a wild pitch one out later. That two-bagger turned out to be the Indians' only extra-base hit of the evening. For his part, Kipnis is now 6-for-36 (.166) with a homer and four RBI this postseason.