Olney described the talks as the “lightest of flirtations”, and talks didn’t get far. The Angels were surely exploring outfield options, eventually getting Dexter Fowler from the Cardinals in what was a salary-dump for St. Louis.Toronto Blue Jays
There are three pitchers to target against on the late slate. The Chase Field roof is scheduled to be open, which will improve hitting conditions. Rolling with the Padres’ power bats against right-hander Merrill Kelly is a savvy option. The crowd will be drawn to the Dodgers and their All-Star lineup against righty Jeff Hoffman. In his four seasons in Colorado, Hoffman allowed similar power numbers while on the road.Tampa Bay Rays
Erick Fedde, Joe Ross and Patrick Corbin are lined up to face the New York Mets this weekend before another off day Monday. Martinez hasn’t cemented his pitching plans past Scherzer’s start Tuesday, but it’s likely that Fedde gets the ball Wednesday against Toronto before yet another day off Thursday. After that, the Nationals could finally see the season debut of Jon Lester.
The Phillies have decided it’s time to bring Odubel Herrera back after a lengthy absence stemming from his violation of the MLB’s domestic violence policy.Pittsburgh Pirates
Romine is 1-for-9 in six games this season. He made his season debut April 14 after being slowed in camp by a right knee sprain.Kansas City Royals
Atlanta jumped out to an early 4-0 lead, scoring four times off Cubs starter Zach Davies in the first inning. With Braves top-of-the-rotation arm Charlie Morton pitching, the Cubs faced an uphill climb to come back.
RHP Erick Fedde, who has a 5.56 ERA and 1.68 WHIP with 15 strikeouts in 11.1 innings over three starts this season.
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