MLB News of the Day: Liriano, Kemp, Ethier, Teixeira, Trumbo, Ransom

By Peter Ellwood

There are a lot of things that happen in a day in Major League Baseball. It’s tough to keep track of all of them. In this space my goal is to pull out the three or four MLB news stories or events of the day that are the most interesting from around the league. This way you can stay apprised of the day’s most important events, and perhaps we can all learn something.

Francisco Liriano struck out 15 Oakland Athletics hitters over eight innings tonight for the Minnesota Twins. He had got 29 swings-and-misses, which is the most by any MLB starter since Johan Santana had 32 on Aug 19, 2007. He took the loss in the game.

Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier returned to the lineup from injury for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kemp went 2-4 with a double, while Ethier was 0-2. Kemp’s swing was in shape, but he was running gingerly to attempt to avoid re-aggravating his hamstring injury again. The more important thing was that the Dodgers won to maintain a half-game lead on the San Francisco Giants.

Mark Teixeira homered twice for the New York Yankees in a 6-5 win over the Los Angeles Angels. One of those home runs was a 3-run shot off of Scott Downs, which was the first home run Downs has allowed this season, and it spiked Downs’ ERA from 0.30 to 1.47. Mark Trumbo also homered in this game, so he seems to not be suffering any ill effects from participating in the Home Run derby yet.

The Milwaukee Brewers and Pittsburgh Pirates got into a slugfest, with the Brewers coming out on top 10-7. Ryan Braun homered twice. When the game was tied 6-6 in the 8th inning, with two out, Pirates manager Clint Hurdle chose to intentionally walk .200-hitting Rickie Weeks to load the bases and face .214-hitting Cody Ransom. Ransom promptly deposited a 2-2 fastball over the left-center field wall for a game-clinching grand slam. Intentional walks are funny. Zack Greinke started the game for the Brewers and had a rough outing. It was the third Milwaukee game in a row that Greinke started, due to a first-inning ejection and the All-Star break. He went 0-1 with a 10.13 ERA in those three starts.

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