Generals Sweep Twins

The Generals, winding up their six-game home stand Tuesday night.
Our Sean Coffey, at Riverside as the Generals, going for their fourth straight win, taking on the Texarkana Twins. Pedro Garcia, the Generals’ starting pitcher in this one, gives up five runs in six innings. The Generals would get two RBI’s apiece from Marshall Skinner and Anthony Jones. The Twins tied the game in the ninth, 7-7. But Luis Vargas blasts a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth as the Generals win, 9-7. The Generals return to TCL action Friday night in Lafayette against the Acadiana Cane Cutters.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Stephen Strasburg will come off the disabled list and start for the Washington Nationals in their first game after the All-Star break.

Manager Dave Martinez says Tuesday the team also hopes to get back first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and closer Sean Doolittle against NL East rival Atlanta.

The Nationals host the Braves for a three-game series beginning Friday.

Strasburg is 6-6 this season with a 3.46 ERA in only 13 starts. He has struck out 95 and walked 19 in 80 2/3 innings.

The right-hander has been on the disabled list since June 10 with inflammation in his throwing shoulder.

Zimmerman has been sidelined since May 10 with a strained side muscle.

Doolittle had to give up his spot in the All-Star Game after hurting his left foot by tripping over a mound. He hasn’t pitched since July 6. The lefty has a 1.45 ERA and has converted 22 of 23 save opportunities this season.

Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred is outlining concerns in the way the sport has changed and says owners want a broad conversation with players about rules changes.

Manfred says concerns include the time between putting balls in play, the increased number of strikeouts, an increase in home runs, the far greater use of infield shifts, the lessened length of starting pitcher outings and the increase in the use of relief pitchers.

He maintains the changes are the result of “smart people who want to win more” in front offices and says MLB and the players must decide “at what point do we want to step in and manage that organic change.”

Manfred says “this organic change may be driven by competition, but there are lots of places in life where competition has been bridled a bit.”