A bases-clearing triple by Chris Coghlan led the Cubs to a series win over Baltimore on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field as the Chicago bullpen performed masterfully after a lengthy rain delay cost starter Kyle Hendricks any chance at pitching deep into the ball game. Javier Baez hit his second home run in as many days, giving him seven long-balls in his first 18 big league contests.
In other news, in a matchup of the top teams in the AL West, the Angels and Athletics battled with Oakland coming out on top. The green and gold will have a chance to sweep the series on Sunday. The biggest roster news of the day came when the Boston Red Sox formally announced the signing of touted Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year deal worth $72.5 million – giving GM Ben Cherington another high-upside outfielder to add to the mix at Fenway.
The Pirates are drawing closer to the Brewers in the NL Central, and although neither Chicago baseball team has any significant portions left in their respective schedules, the city has united behind Jackie Robinson West – the Little League team that will take on South Korea Sunday in the championship game in Williamsport.
Here’s more news from the baseball world.
“Coghlan drives in three as Cubs top Orioles” – Cubbies Crib
“Colon placed on Waivers; could decide AL West” – Call to the Pen
“Lester’s strength is Athletics’ victory” – Swingin’ A’s
“Red Sox finalize deal with Cuban star Castillo” – RedSox.com