Gerrit Cloe Shines In Debut For Pirates

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Gerrit Cole's major league debut in Pittsburgh Tuesday night was scripted like a Hollywood movie. Cole, the top pick in the 2011 draft, allowed two runs and seven hits in 6 1/3 innings after being called up from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day. He began his highly anticipated career with a three-pitch strikeout against Gregor Blanco. The Giants put two runners on in the first inning and loaded the bases in the second against Cole, but failed to score in either inning. Cole threw strike after strike and worked off his fastball, which touched 99 mph, and did not walk a batter throughout the game. He will face the Dodgers in his next start on Sunday. 

 MLB NEWS & NOTES

  • Dodgers manager Don Mattingly finally made the right decision and removed Brandon League from the closer's role on Tuesday and appointed Kenley Jansen as the new closer. Jansen responded nicely as he earned the save last night as the Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 5-3. Jansen should have been the closer from the beginning of the season and there is no reason to think that he won't be a top closer for the remainder of the year.
  • Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring) is considered day-to-day after leaving Tuesday's game with left hamstring tightness. When Cespedes returns, don't be surprised to see him DH and not play in the outfield.
  • Max Scherzer improved to 9-0 with seven strong innings against the Royals Tuesday night. Scherzer surrendered just two hits and racked up six strikeouts as the Tigers held onto win. Scherzer is one of the best pitchers in baseball right now and he continues to prove it.
  • Desmond Jennings returned to the leadoff spot and belted two home runs on Tuesday night as the Rays defeated the Red Sox. Jennings is starting to do what the Rays knew he could do at the major league level.
  • Matt Kemp (hamstring) has not yet resumed running after his setback on Sunday. He did take batting practice on Tuesday, but he will need to run the bases without pain before he goes out on a rehab assignment.
  • Cameron Maybin (knee) in back on the disabled list for at least the next six weeks due to damage to the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Maybin suffered the injury in his fourth game back after missing 45 games for a wrist injury. Maybin was swinging to bat well since he returned from the DL. He just can't catch a break this year. Maybin should be dropped in all formats until further notice.
  • Johnny Cueto (lat) is eligible to come off the disabled list on Sunday and the Reds are hoping to have their ace back on the mound. Cueto asked the coaching staff this time if he needed to change his delivery, but the team was adamant that the delivery is not the reason Cueto continues to land on the disabled list.
  • Wandy Rodriguez (forearm) was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday. Rodriguez was removed from his last start on June 5 and is still dealing with tightness in his left forearm. Charlie Morton will make the start in Rodriguez's place on Thursday.
  • David Price (triceps) timetable to begin a rehab assignment has been moved up to early next week. Price said he felt good after a 45-pitch bullpen session on Monday. He was supposed to throw another bullpen session today, but instead will throw a simulated game on Thursday.
  • Matt Garza was rocked on Tuesday night as the Reds scored nine runs in five innings. This was Garza's first loss of the season and he sure did it in style. He will face the Mets in his next start Sunday.