R.A. Dickey

Three up, three down: Travis Shaw is on the rise, Miguel Montero is shown the door

Three up, three down: Travis Shaw is on the rise, Miguel Montero is shown the door

A look at what is trending this week in Major League Baseball:

THREE UP

Travis Shaw: The Milwaukee Brewers persist in first place. One reason: they won the most lopsided trade of the offseason. The Brewers acquired Shaw and three minor leaguers from the Boston Red Sox for reliever Tyler Thornburg, who won’t pitch this season after surgery. Shaw is the surprise answer to this trivia question: Who leads major league third basemen in slugging percentage? More trivia: He’s the son of former Dodgers closer Jeff Shaw, his nickname is “Mayor of Ding Dong City,” and the Red Sox moved him so their incumbent third baseman could reclaim his job. That...

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