Joe Kelly blames struggles on poor fastball command
The right-hander has posted a 7.32 ERA over his last four starts, and Kelly said his struggles have been related to poor command of his fastball, per MLB.com.
"It's running a lot," Kelly said of the pitch. "It's just something that I have to learn how to control here and be better at next time. I've been throwing good offspeed pitches, I feel, in all these games. My curveball was my best pitch (Wednesday). I should have thrown it 100 times. But you can't do that, obviously. It definitely all starts with the fastball."
Alex Rios, Neal Cotts likely on move from Texas
According to the report, the Rangers were aggressively trying to move outfielder
Report: Bartolo Colon going nowhere
The 41-year-old right-hander is owed about $3 million this season and $11 million in 2015. The Mets would vastly prefer any suitor pick up the entirety of that contract. A team insider told the Post that the Mets are hoping not to assume any of that money even if it results in a better prospect coming back.
Colon has performed well since late May after a terrible start to the year. He is 8-3 since May 12 and has lowered his ERA from 5.84 to 3.88 since that time.
Report: Teams calling Mets about Daniel Murphy
Baseball analyst Jim Duquette told MLB Network Radio Thursday that the
"Outside of (John) Danks to Miami rumor, I've heard the second-base market has heated up quite a bit," Duquette said. "The Mets could move Murphy if they want to. Not only did the
Ruben Tejada silences critics for at least one day
Tejada went 3 for 4 with one run, one RBI and one walk in the win. He entered the game mired in a 4-for-38 slump in his previous 14 games.
Ankle problem leads to knee issue for Carlos Gonzalez
An ankle injury sustained in a home accident on Saturday is taking a toll on the knee of struggling
"I'm hanging in there," Gonzalez said. "My ankle is getting a little better each day. But now that my right ankle hurts, I'm favoring it and I'm putting pressure on my left knee. I'm trying to avoid that pain on my ankle."
Gonzalez, who sat out Wednesday, is dealing with tendinitis in the knee. He's also dealing with a slump at the plate that has lowered his batting average to .243 and on-base percentage to .294. He has 64 strikeouts and just 17 walks on the season in 243 at-bats. Gonzalez has six hits in his last 38 at-bats without a multi-hit game since before the All-Star break.
Mark Appel tosses five scoreless innings in Double-A debut
"I thought it was a good outing," Astros senior pitching advisor Doug Brocail, who's serving as interim pitching coach at Corpus Christi, told MLB.com. "He went out and stuck with the game plan. He has some work to do, but he threw up five zeroes. I'll take zeros any way we can get them."
Ian Kennedy ready to roll for Saturday start
Kennedy is all but set to start Saturday against Atlanta. He will try to bounce back from two mediocre outings in which he yielded seven earned runs in 11 innings pitched.
Athletics acquire Jon Lester for Yoenis Cespedes
WEEI.com reported the details of the deal first, which will likely also involves the
Heyman: Athletics appear to have deal for Lester
According to numerous media reports, the
Further details are not yet known, but will surely come in shortly.
Mark Appel hardly appears deserving of his recent promotion, but the Astros' prospect could actually benefit from his move up the ladder.
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July 30, 2014
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