By Alex McLoughlin
The virtually unbeatable 87-35 Dodgers got even better over the weekend as they traded minor league pitcher Jacob Rhame to the Mets in exchange for three-time All-Star Curtis Granderson. Granderson is batting .228/.334/.481 with 19 home runs and 52 RBIs this season. Outfielder Joc Peterson was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to make room on the roster.
Yankees’ Judge sets new strikeout record
Yankees’ outfielder and rookie sensation Aaron Judge broke a record Saturday, albeit one he probably didn’t want. Judge set the record for the most consecutive games with a strikeout, striking out for the 36th game in a row. The previous record holder was Bill Stoneman, a pitcher for the 1971 Montreal Expos. Despite his strikeout struggles, manager Joe Girardi stands firm that Judge will continue to bat third in the Yankees’ order.
Umpires drop protest
Last week, the World Umpires Association announced it would wear white wristbands as a symbol of solidarity from what the umpires felt as unfair scrutiny and treatment from players. However, they have decided to drop the protest and meet with MLB commissioner Rob Manfred. The protest was to be a response from an incident last week between Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler and umpire Angel Hernandez. Kinsler was ejected for arguing balls and strikes during Monday’s game against the Rangers and went on to rip Hernandez postgame saying, “He needs to find another job,” among other remarks.
Pirates host Cardinals in Williamsport
Williamsport, Pennsylvania, is best known for annually hosting the Little League World Series, but on Sunday night, it was home to the inaugural MLB Little League Classic between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The crowd of about 2,500 little league baseball players and their families enjoyed themselves as the Pirates beat the Cardinals, 6-3. Ivan Nova got his 11th win of the season on the mound while Mike Leake picked up his 12th loss. The Cardinals are now three games behind the Cubs for the National League Central lead.