The Texas Rangers have won six of nine games since Ian Kinsler returned from the disabled list. They swept the host St. Louis Cardinals as their second baseman went a combined 5-13 with two runs scored and an RBI. He also tied a team record with his 161st stolen base last Thursday.
Josh Satin walked and scored as a pinch hitter on Friday as the NY Mets battled back from a 7-1 deficit, only to lose on a walk-off home run (Costas, you listening?) against the host Philadelphia Phillies. Yesterday he served as the starting first baseman, as Lucas Duda was placed the DL (and the Mets were not inclined to recall Ike Davis from Las Vegas). Satin was 0-3, but walked twice and scored a run as the Mets shut out the Phils behind the sterling pitching of rookie ace Matt Harvey, 8-0.
Craig Breslow appeared in two games for the Boston Red Sox against the host Detroit Tigers, picking up his fourth hold in a 10-6 win on Friday (1.2 IP, 1 BB), and tossing another .2 innings (one hit) in a 7-5 loss on Sunday.
Teammate Ryan Lavarnway was the starting catcher in yesterday’s game, going 1-3 with a run scored, RBI, walk, and strikeout.
Danny Valencia was 0-2 with a walk on Friday as the visiting Baltimore Orioles lost to the suddenly resurgent Toronto Blue Jays, 7-6. Interesting piece in the Baltimore Jewish News about the life of a reserve player in the big leagues. Referring to his role in a recent win against the Tigers, the article notes, “The game lasted more than three hours. Valencia was a part of it for less than a minute, yet he delivered in arguably the game’s biggest moment.”
Sam Fuld got the start on Saturday, going 0-2 with a walk, in the Tampa Bay Rays’ 7-5 loss to the host NY Yankees. He appeared yesterday as a defensive replacement in the Rays’ 3-1 win.
Nate Freiman was 0-1 as a pinch-hitter yesterday in the Oakland As’ 6-3 loss to the host Seattle Mariners. It was Freiman’s first appearance since June 15.
Jason Marquis‘ next start for the San Diego Padres comes tomorrow night as the Philadelphia Phillies come to town. Scott Feldman pitches on Wednesday as the Chicago Cubs visit the Milwaukee Brewers.
Ike Davis Watch: Davis hit two solo home runs in a 6-3 loss to the Tucson Padres on Friday. He is batting .310 with four home runs, four doubles, eight RBI, and 12 walks in a dozen games.