Storylines: Colon flirts with perfection as Mets beat Mariners
- The ageless wonder Bartolo Colon does not know what “you’re too old,” or what the word “retirement” means. Colon came within two innings of having his first career perfect game against the Seattle Mariners. The former Cleveland Indian and Cy Young winner had his fastball and two-seamer baffling Mariners hitters all night long. However second basemen Robinson Cano broke up the perfection by hitting a ball to the opposite field in the 7th. That hit rattled Colon as Brad Miller hit a RBI single in the 8th inning. That’s when manager Terry Collinsfinally took him out. He struck out 5 and walked one. “We always expect a lot from Bartolo. He’s our veteran. He’s our lead guy. He’s our horse and we’ve got to ride him as much as we can, “catcher Anthony Recker said. There has been speculation all month of Colon being moved by the deadline and this performance could make the Mets raise their requirements in order to acquire the veteran. In 19 games, Colon is 8-8 with a 4.12 ERA and 95 strikeouts.
- The Indians have optioned lefty T.J. House to AAA and recalled shortstop/second basemen Jose Ramirez. This was a move based on the recent back spasms by shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera and to add depth at the position.
- Justin Masterson threw a bullpen session today in Minnesota. He will fly back to Columbus on Thursday to play in one more game before possibly coming up Sunday to start against the Kansas City Royals.
- The Indians will pick sixth in this year’s Competitive Balance Lottery for round A.
Other News and Notes
- Will Kane and Carolyn Jones of the San Francisco Chronicle report that the Oakland Athletics have reached a 10-year lease agreement with the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority. This keeps them in Oakland and in the O.Co. Coliseum.
- Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com reports that the Kanas City Royals have scouted lefty relief pitcher Antonio Bastardo twice this week. The Blue Jays, Tigers and Pirates also have shown significant interest.
- According to Lynn Henning of Detroit News reliever/closer Joel Hanrahan is a “long shot” to pitch again in the majors this year.
- According to Jon Morosi of FOX Sports, the Pittsburgh Pirates are scouting one of their old relievers from the Arizona Diamondbacks, lefty Oliver Perez.
- Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio and ESPN reports that the Cincinnati Reds and Philadelphia Phillies have remained in contact for a potential trade involving outfielder, Marlon Byrd.
- The Philadelphia Phillies have DFA’d righty Jeff Manship. This comes as a move to free up a roster spot for former all-star catcher, Carlos Ruiz.
- San Diego Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin has been suspended for 25 games by the MLB without pay. This comes after testing positive for amphetamine use. However it will cost Maybin $683,000 of his $5.5 million salary.
- According to Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, the Minnesota Twins have DFA’d righty Matt Guerrier. This comes after giving up four runs to the Indians last night in the 8th inning. Righty Ryan Pressly will fill the roster spot.
- Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Indians, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners have shown interest in Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder, Matt Kemp. No trade proposals have been made.
- According to Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, the Philadelphia Phillies have internally talked about possibly releasing first basemen, Ryan Howard. Howard is owed $25 million this season along with $60 million in future guarantees.
- Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Detroit Tigers have traded pitching prospects Jake Thompsonand Corey Knebel to the Texas Rangers for righty reliever, Joakim Soria. Joe Nathan has struggled for most of the season and this move is an assurance for the back end up the bullpen.