Dustin Pedroia will finally join the Red Sox.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora announced Thursday, Pedroia will be back on the team Friday after missing every game this season recovering from a cartilage restoration procedure in October.
In Pedroia’s absence, Eduardo Nunez and Brock Holt have gotten the majority of playing time, but Nunez is hitting a somewhat disappointing .243 on the year and Holt is batting .194 in 31 at-bats at second base this season.
In Mize, the Tigers would be getting a true, front-of-the-rotation starter who, although likely not reaching the big leagues as quickly as some of his fellow first-round pitchers who will begin their careers in the bullpen, could be a stalwart in Detroit for years to come.
Struggling Orioles slugger Chris Davis will start Friday night in Atlanta, manager Buck Showalter said. Davis hasn’t played since June 11, when an 0-for-5 outing against Boston dropped his batting average to .150. Since then, he’s been working on his swing and mental approach in an effort to turn around his unproductive season.
In addition to activating Rasmus from the DL, the Orioles optioned OF Joey Rickard to Triple-A Norfolk and moved LHP Richard Bleier (latissimus tear) to the 60-day DL. Also, DH Pedro Alvarez cleared waivers and accepted an assignment to Norfolk.
Milwaukee, however, plated the game’s only run on a sacrifice fly by Santana two innings later.
Josh Hader pitched two scoreless innings of relief for the Brewers. Corey Knebel entered in the ninth and picked up the save. Milwaukee starter Jhoulys Chacin allowed two hits and struck out six in five innings.
The Diamondbacks opened the season with a 24-11 record. They are now just two games over .500 (25-23). The Brewers move to 30-19 with the win.
Braves (29-18) at Phillies (27-19) 7:05 p.m. ET – The two top teams in the National League East standings will play the rubber match of their three-game series Wednesday. Philadelphia defeated the Braves in the series opener but Atlanta has won three of its last four, including a victory Tuesday. Luiz Gohara is scheduled to start for the Braves while Jake Arrieta will take the mound for the Phillies.
Minnesota lost by seven for the second straight night. The Twins finally broke through in the sixth when Joe Mauer’s one-out double scored Kepler, putting runners on second and third. But Minor retired Eddie Rosario and Dozier on popups, ending the threat.