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Last season, Miguel Montero ranked third in getting extra strikes for pitchers. This season: 44th out of 66 catchers. According to Statcast, Montero averaged a 2.12-second "pop time" on throws to second base this season, tied for the slowest among 52 catchers to make at least five throws. The major league average is 2.00 seconds, and the Cubs' Willson Contreras is averaging 1.93 seconds (eight-best).

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs will designate Miguel Montero for assignment and call up Triple-A catcher Victor Caratini, according to a source familiar with the situation. Montero publicly called out starter Jake Arrieta after Tuesday's game for allowing the Nationals to steal 7 bases, claiming he was slow to the plate. Montero is 0 for 31 throwing out would be base stealers this season.

Bradford Doolittle ESPN Staff Writer 

Was looking at overall numbers since last season's All-Star break while considering my ASG picks for this season. One thing I had not expected to find: Since July 15, 2016, Atlanta's Ender Inciarte leads all big-leaguers with 200 hits.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Drew Pomeranz on coming back after the rain: "We kind of said if it's more than an hour or if it's past 10 o'clock it would be kind of iffy. Of course, it's a 10 o'clock start time. I'm like, 'Well, s---, it's a hard decision to make, putting it right on the time when we said we wouldn't go over.' But I felt pretty good." Said he threw, rode bike, ran sprints in batting cage during 76-minute delay.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Red Sox 9, Twins 2: Don't look now, but Drew Pomeranz has been Boston's second-best starting pitcher lately. Pomeranz waited out a 76-minute rain delay in second inning Tuesday night and stayed in the game to deliver five solid innings and save the bullpen. In his last seven starts, Pomeranz is 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA, 44 strikeouts and 9 walks in 40 innings. Christian Vázquez and Chris Young homered for Red Sox, who reclaimed sole possession of first place in AL East.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees' bullpen utterly self-destructed in a 4-3 loss to the White Sox. In the eighth, two Yankees relievers, including Tyler Clippard, issued four walks to allow the White Sox to get within one. In the ninth, Dellin Betances walked two and hit a batter before allowing a Jose Abreu game-winning two-run single.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

In a high intensity eighth inning, Yankee relievers walked four batters, gifting the White Sox a run, but they didn't relinquish the lead. Tyler Clippard, who has recently become the most despised player by Yankee fans, got out of a bases loaded jam with a 3-2 strikeout of Matt Davidson. They head to the ninth with the Yankees up, 3-2, over the White Sox.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Miguel Montero discuss a bad night behind the plate as the Nationals stole 7 bases against him and Jake Arrieta.

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Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

Watch Cubs catch Miguel Montero discuss the 7 stolen bases on him in the team's 6-1 loss to the Nationals. He claims his pitcher didn't help matters.

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Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees Luis Severino had a career-high 12 Ks in his seven innings of one-run ball. He stands to be the winner if the Yankees' 3-1 lead holds up over the White Sox.

Michael Collins ESPN Senior Writer 

Did you know there was an after party for the pro-am today?! Well Sarina Morales and I got invited to KPMG's after party at a World Champion's house!

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

This is what MVPs do. With the Yankees down a run in the eighth, Aaron Judge just tied the game with an RBI single up the middle to make 1-1 with the White Sox.

Marly Rivera ESPN Writer 

"It's another piece of the legend that is Adrián Beltré" -Rangers manager Jeff Banister on Beltré hitting a 2-out game winning HR in the 9th inning in Cleveland. It was Beltré's 450th career home run, taking sole possession of 39th place in MLB's all-time list, breaking a tie with Vladimir Guerrero and Jeff Bagwell. Beltré now has 2,969 career hits.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Cubs lost 6-1 to the Nationals behind 7 stolen bases by the home team. Trea Turner stole 4 himself as the Nats run game had a big impact in the outcome. Jake Arrieta never got in a groove, failing to pitch five innings for the fifth time this season. He walked 6 batters and gave up 6 hits in 4 innings. Miguel Montero was behind the plate for all 7 steals while he also committed a throwing error allowing a run to score. So did Tommy La Stella. If the Cubs played a clean game they may have been in it until the end but they gave the game away early. Kris Bryant's first inning triple drove in the lone run for the Cubs.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals stole a team-record seven bases (including four by Trea Turner), and ace Max Scherzer tossed six innings of two-hit ball as Washington beat the Cubs 6-1 to even up their four-game series at 1-1.

Jesse Rogers ESPN Staff Writer 

The Nationals have 7 stolen bases tonight off of Miguel Montero meaning Montero is now 1 for 32 (3 percent) this season throwing out would be base stealers. He's on pace for the lowest caught stealing percentage (min 25 attempts) for a Cubs catcher since at least 1969. In the last 30 years only one catcher on any team has been worse over a full season: Hank Conger was 1 for 43 in 2015.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

It's running bases here in DC, where the Nats have set a team record by stealing seven bases. And it's only the fourth inning. In case you're wondering, the modern-day record for steals in a game is 15, set by the 1911 Yankees.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Through Memorial Day, Nats speedster Trea Turner had 11 steals, which was 16 fewer than Billy Hamilton. With a franchise record four steals already tonight, Turner now has 32 to overtake Hamilton for the MLB lead.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

The Yankees still can't figure out what is exactly wrong with DH Matt Holliday. Holliday had a series of test and couldn't not find what is making him feel like all his energy has been zapped. Tonight will be the third game he has missed. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the team will soon have to consider a DL stint if Holliday doesn't improve soon.

Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer 

Brendan McKay has signed with Rays for $7,007,500. Record bonus for current draft system.

Enrique Rojas ESPNdeportes 

Informa New York Mets del fallecimiento del ex pitcher Anthony Young, quien jugó con el club entre 1991 y 1993. Young es recordado por haber perdido 27 juegos consecutivos con los Mets entre 1992 y 1993. En su carrera, tuvo marca de 15-48 en seis temporadas en Grandes Ligas. El nativo de Houston tenía 51 años de edad a la hora de su muerte de una larga enfermedad.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro said he doesn't think his hamstring injury is serious and sounded optimistic he will be able to return from the DL in 10 days.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Tyler Wade, 22, grew up a Yankee fan, idolizing Derek Jeter. Wade, being in the Yankees' clubhouse as a member of the team, is "surreal," he said.

Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer 

Although John Farrell says he "wouldn't rule it out" that Red Sox would use others at DH even after Hanley Ramirez returns, he stressed need to not "completely turn away from what Hanley did last year. I think he's still a key member in our lineup." Ramirez has struggled vs. lefties, batting only .143/.333/.229, far from his career slash line vs. lefties of .300/.381/.523.

Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer 

Second baseman Starlin Castro is headed to 10-day DL with a hamstring strain. Prospect Tyler Wade gets the call. The Yankees hope Wade can one day be their Brock Holt.