Matt Boyd was ejected from Saturday's game against the Twins after throwing behind Miguel Sano in the fifth inning.
This was retaliation from earlier in the game when JaCoby Jones was struck in the face on a pitch by Justin Haley. Sano had words for Boyd after the brushback pitch and was quickly ejected himself as both benches cleared. Boyd had a mediocre day on the mound, yielding five hits, two runs and three walks in only 4 1/3 innings. He also tallied three strikeouts.
Miguel Sano was ejected from Saturday's game against the Tigers following an altercation with James McCann.
Sano took exception to a pitch thrown behind him in the fifth inning and shoved McCann when he blocked his path to pitcher Matt Boyd. The benches cleared and Sano was quickly ejected. Boyd was also tossed. Joe Mauer replaced Sano at first base after the ejection. Sano went 1-for-2 with a double before exiting.
Grant Dayton (intercostal) threw a bullpen session on Saturday.
So did teammate Rich Hill. Dayton was placed on the disabled list with an intercostal strain a few days ago but seems to be making good progress. Perhaps he'll return after the minimum 10 days.
Rich Hill (blister) completed a 25-pitch bullpen session on Saturday.
Hill had a blister pop up on his left middle finger Sunday against the Diamondbacks and landed on the disabled list a day later. He resumed throwing on Wednesday and was able to get in a short bullpen session on Saturday. Hill has been battling blister issues for the better part of two seasons. It's unclear when he'll return to the Dodgers' rotation.
Willson Contreras had a monster day at the plate on Saturday, going 3-for-4 with four RBI to lead the Cubs in a 12-8 rout over the Reds.
The Cubs scored three runs in the top half of the first inning but fell behind after the Reds scored four in the bottom half of the frame. Contreras answered back in the second with a grand slam off of Cody Reed to put the Cubs on top to stay. He also singled and doubled in the game and scored three runs. With the three-hit effort, Contreras is now hitting .275/.327/.471 with two homers and 10 RBI on the season.
Jason Heyward homered for the second consecutive day and plated four runs on Saturday as the Cubs routed the Reds in Cincinnati.
Heyward launched his first home run of the season on Friday and followed it up with a three-run blast in the sixth inning on Saturday that increased the Cubs' advantage to 11-6. He added an RBI single in the ninth, finishing the afternoon 2-for-4 plus a walk with two runs scored and four RBI. After a slow start, Heyward has come on with a fury and is now hitting .300/.354/.433 with two bombs and 10 RBI.
Anthony Rizzo blasted a three-run homer on Saturday as the Cubs clobbered the Reds in Cincinnati.
Rizzo belted a three-run homer in his final at-bat on Friday which tied the game in the ninth inning and he replicated the feat off of Reds starter Cody Reed in the first inning on Saturday. He finished the afternoon 2-for-3 plus a walk with three runs scored and three RBI. Rizzo is now hitting .299/.420/.507 with three homers and nine RBI on the year.
Jake Arrieta improved to 3-0 on the season with Saturday's victory over the Reds despite allowing five runs (four earned) on eight hits over his six innings of work.
Arrieta racked up eight strikeouts on the afternoon and didn't walk a batter. He also helped his own cause with an RBI triple in the fifth inning. Nearly all of the damage against him came in the first inning where Joey Votto blasted a three-run homer and Eugenio Suarez added a solo shot. The veteran right-hander now sports a 3.65 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 29/5 K/BB ratio through 24 2/3 innings on the season. He'll look to continue his winning ways on Friday against the Red Sox in Boston.