MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 8/5/23

Fried dominant in return as Atlanta first in MLB to reach 70 victories.

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One of the things that has eased its way out of the game is the benches-clearing brawl after a pitcher drills a hitter. And one of the more memorable fights was between two unusual combatants: Nolan Ryan of the Texas Rangers and Robin Ventura of the Chicago White Sox. It was unusual because Ryan was so respected and Ventura wasn’t exactly someone you would expect to go after a pitcher. But the White Sox were tired of being plunked and had agreed that whoever got hit next was going to charge the mound. Ventura was the unfortunate next player to get drilled, leading to a terrific beatdown 30 years ago Friday.


Today’s Headlines


Braves Blast Way To 70th Win

Max Fried would have been happy with any run support he got as he returned from a strained left forearm following a three-month stint on the injured list. So when Atlanta erupted for a seven-run fourth inning, tying a club record for most runs in a single frame, the left-hander had more than enough to work with. Combined with Fried tossing six shutout innings, Atlanta continued its dominant season with an 8-0 victory over the red-hot Chicago Cubs. It marked Atlanta’s MLB-leading 70th victory of the season. Fried allowed just three singles while walking none and striking out eight against a Cubs team that scored 26 runs over two games this week. Sean Murphy and Marcell Ozuna hit back-to-back homers, the 14th time Atlanta has done that this season. Reliever Brad Hand made his Atlanta debut following a trade this week, making him the first player to see action for every current National League East team.

Witt-ness To History

How do you follow up a 20-homer, 30-steal rookie season? How about by reaching those totals in 41 fewer games? That is what Kansas City Royals shortstop Bobby Witt Jr. did. By hitting his 20th homer, a two-run shot off Philadelphia Phillies ace Aaron Nola in the top of the third inning, Witt became the first player in MLB history to reach the 20-30 plateau in each of his first two seasons.

Musgrove Out 3 Weeks

The San Diego Padres‘ chances of making the playoffs sustained a body blow when right-hander Joe Musgrove was shut down for three weeks due to inflammation in his right shoulder capsule. Whether Musgrove pitches again this season is in question, but general manager A.J. Preller said he hopes to get the right-hander back for the stretch run. Musgrove is 10-3 with a 3.05 ERA.


Best Moments From Yesterday


First-timer’s Club

Davis Schneider, the Toronto Blue Jays‘ No. 28 prospect, got the start at second base and batted seventh. It didn’t take him long to make an impact.

Which Boy Band Is This?

Here is how these Baltimore Orioles players arrived at the ballpark. Add your own caption, wrong answers only.

If You Didn’t Think The Orioles Were Cool …

In case the above item wasn’t for you, this one has to appeal to something inside you. Dogs are invading Camden Yards.

Rapper Recruiting

Is Drake trying to lure Shohei Ohtani to Toronto? Wearing his All-Star jersey was certainly a good move by the rapper.


Injuries and Other Moves


There were a ton of moves made Friday around the fringes of MLB rosters as fallout from the trade deadline. You can catch all of them here. The following are more noteworthy than others.

New York Yankees first baseman Anthony Rizzo (post-concussion syndrome) was placed on the 10-day injured list. Rizzo collided with San Diego’s Fernando Tatis Jr. on May 28th and passed concussion protocol. However, after reporting “fogginess” to the medical staff, he underwent neurological testing that revealed cognitive impairment.

Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (right hamstring strain) was placed on the 10-day IL and will be re-evaluated in two weeks.

Los Angeles Angels shortstop Zach Neto (back inflammation) was placed on the 10-day IL and infielder Brandon Drury (left shoulder inflammation) was activated from the IL.

Left-hander Cole Hamels, attempting a comeback after not pitching in the majors since 2020, has retired, according to the San Diego Padres. Right-handed reliever Craig Stammen (torn capsule in right shoulder) also retired. Both are 39 years old.

The Cleveland Guardians placed first baseman Josh Naylor (right oblique strain) and third baseman Tyler Freeman (right shoulder strain) on the 10-day injured list. The Guardians also traded for outfielder Kole Calhoun from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash. Calhoun, who was added to the MLB roster, was eligible to be traded because he has not been on a 40-man roster all season.

Top Tampa Bay Rays infield prospect Curtis Mead was called up to make his MLB debut.

The Boston Red Sox added recently acquired infielder Luis Urías to the roster and designed infielder Christian Arroyo for assignment.


Articles You Should Read


This Yankees prospect is a switch-hitter, switch-pitcher AND a switch-fielder — Jesse Borek, MLB.com

Why is Ohtani continuously cramping up? — Dylan Hernandez, Los Angeles Times

As Turner’s slump persists, his support from Phillies has not waned — Matt Gelb, The Athletic


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Steve Drumwright

Steve Drumwright is a lifelong baseball fan who retired as a player before he had the chance to be cut from the freshman team in high school. He recovered to become a sportswriter and have a successful journalism career at newspapers in Wisconsin and California. Follow him on Twitter and Threads @DrummerWrites.

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