Tigers: Signed as a free agent to address Detroit’s nagging bullpen weakness, future Twins Hall of Famer Joe Nathan is having the good-but-not-great season that is to be expected from a 39-year-old veteran.
His strikeout rate is at a career low, and Wednesday he blew his third save in 14 chances — but he is still a huge upgrade for the Tigers.
White Sox: Figuring a last-place team doesn’t need a lights-out closer, they dealt 40-save Addison Reed to Arizona for a hitting prospect, then held auditions for closer role. Matt Lindstrom won the job, saved six games and tore an ankle ligament; journeyman Roland Belisario gets the job for now.
Tanaka will try again
The New York Yankees rotation swings back to Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday, and the Japanese righthander is really looking forward to his start against the Chicago White Sox.
It will be Tanaka’s first game since he picked up his first major league loss.
“I try to go out there to do my best every time out,” Tanaka said Saturday through a translator. “But given the outing last time, yes, I really want to go out there and perform better.”
Tanaka had his unbeaten streak stopped at 42 regular-season starts when he lost to the lowly Cubs on Tuesday. He had been 34-0 in Japan and North America the last two seasons, though he did drop Game 6 of the Japan Series last year before earning the save in Game 7.
Tanaka gave up eight hits, matching a career high, and three earned runs in six innings Tuesday.
Who’s at fault?
Carlos Gomez’s aggressiveness on the basepaths proved to be costly for the Brewers on Saturday.
The All-Star center fielder was thrown out at third base trying to advance from first on a single by Mark Reynolds for the final out of the sixth inning, which prevented Ryan Braun from scoring in a 2-1 loss at Miami.
“I made the decision to go to third because that’s how you make things happen,” Gomez said. “… That’s how we play the game.”
Braun was on his way to score easily from second, but left fielder Christian Yelich’s throw to third got Gomez before Braun crossed the plate, preserving a 1-0 Marlins lead.
“I run the bases like I do every time and I think he’s supposed to score,” Gomez said. “If you look at the replay, I think you’ll find some answers to it.”