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Red Sox Ace Chris Sale Building Dominant Momentum

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Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale is building momentum as his domination continues this season, pitching the Red Sox to yet another win in his last start.

“He was amazing,” manager Alex Cora said of Sale’s performance against the Seattle Mariners. “Velocity-wise, location-wise, the tempo. It was a big game, you win the series, you move on. From the get-go, from the first at-bat against Dee [Gordon], you could tell. He looks fresh, he’s throwing the ball well, we’re very pleased with where he’s at right now.”

Sale has allowed four runs in 28 innings with 43 strikeouts and just 15 hits allowed, with a .155 average for hitters over his past 4 starts. For the season, Sale is 7-4 with a 2.56 ERA and ranks first in the AL in strikeouts.

“The whole plan this year has been recovery, feeling good and staying strong. I think we’ve had a good building-up action from spring training up to now,” Sale said.

“I know a lot of people talk about what happened last year,” said Cora, referring to when the Houston Astros eliminated the Red Sox in the ALDS last year.

“I do feel that his stuff was still there. In October, he was throwing 97-98, just a matter of a few pitches in the heart of the plate and [the Astros] took advantage of it. The stuff was there. The last game here in Game 4 he dominated.”

Sale is easily included in the Cy Young award conversation, but it shouldn’t go unnoticed that he may be having the best season of his stellar career.

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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