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Brad Johnson covers the latest home run news including a ridiculous week from Gleyber Torres and a spotlight on a resurgent Yasiel Puig.
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Austin Romine went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Saturday's loss to the Angels.

Romine mashed a two-run home run off Jaime Barria in the second inning to extend the Yankees' lead to 4-1, but the Angels would outscore the Yanks 10-0 the rest of the way in what devolved into something of a cringe-worthy pitching performance (for most involved) as the game progressed. The veteran backstop has been more than serviceable when asked to spell Gary Sanchez behind the plate this season, hitting a spicy .353/.421/.608 with three home runs and 15 RBI in 18 games played. We're only talking 51 at-bats, here, but there's not much more you can ask of from your backup catcher than what Romine's provided this season. He's now homered in three of his last four games and has collected eight RBI in that space.
May 26 - 11:06 PM

Hunter Renfroe (elbow) was hitting .242/.286/.455 through eight rehab games at Triple-A El Paso.

He's approaching full health, but the pedestrian line and the promotion of minor league slugger Franmil Reyes has given the Padres pause about activating Renfroe too soon. "Health is a big part of it, making sure he feels good enough day in, day out," said Padres manager Andy Green. "Then you also want to find him in a rhythm as well. You want to bring somebody back here that's in a rhythm and swinging the bat well." The Padres have the benefit of a wealth of outfield options even without Renfroe, so he'll need to hit to earn his place in the lineup, and seemingly in the majors altogether. For now, they seem content to letting him keep making rehab starts.
May 26 - 10:59 PM

Aaron Judge went 2-for-2 with a solo home run, a stolen base and two walks in Saturday's loss to the Angels.

After Brett Gardner went yard to lead off the bottom of the first inning, Judge followed suit with a solo homer of his own to give the Bombers back-to-back taters. Alas for the home team, Sonny Gray was unable to hold onto the lead once the Yankees gave him a few runs to work with. For the campaign as a whole, Judge is batting.287/.420/.580 with 14 home runs and 39 RBI in 49 games. He's homered in three of his last five games to snap out of a little cold streak.
May 26 - 10:57 PM

Jaime Barria surrendered four runs on six hits over five innings in Saturday's win over the Yankees.

Barria, 21, was recalled from Triple-A for Saturday's outing. It was his sixth start in the big leagues to date. It began rather poorly. Brett Gardner and Aaron Judge took him deep back-to-back in the bottom of the first inning, while Austin Romine burned him for an off-the-foul-pole two-run shot in the second inning. That would be it in terms of the run-scoring action on Barria's line, though, and he settled in nicely for his final three frames of work. The young right-hander wrapped the evening having struck out four and walked one. In 30 1/3 innings with the big league club this year, Barria has pitched to a very respectable 2.97 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 24/8 K/BB ratio. It remains to be seen whether he'll start again next time through the rotation, but he's been sturdy enough when called upon this year.
May 26 - 10:51 PM

Sonny Gray was rocked for five runs on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings in Saturday's loss to the Angels.

Gray dominated the Royals over eight innings in his last start, in what appeared to be a strong step toward getting his season on track. Those results did not carry over to Saturday, at all. Mike Trout burned him for an RBI double to score Zack Cozart with nobody out in the first inning, but the Yankees offense had his back with four runs of their own through the first two innings. Holding a 4-1 lead in the third, Gray would run into his next spot of trouble, allowing two more runs -- one of which he walked in with the bases loaded -- before Trout ended his night with a two-run home run with two outs in the fourth inning. He finished his slog of an outing having struck out seven and walked three. Gray has consistently looked out of sync throughout the season, especially when he starts to run into trouble. He'll carry a 5.98 ERA and 1.71 WHIP into a road date with the Orioles next time out. Even given the upcoming opponent, it's hard to trust the right-hander at this juncture.
May 26 - 10:48 PM

Brandon Crawford went 2-for-3 with a double and a two-run home run to help the Giants edge the Cubs 5-4 on Saturday.

Crawford went yard in the fourth inning to get the Giants on the board, his sixth homer of the season. The multi-hit game was his third in his last six contests, leaving his overall line at a surprisingly robust .312/.358/.491 with 23 RBI and 20 runs scored. The traditionally (offensively) boring veteran has hit his way into MI relevance at this point.
May 26 - 10:46 PM

Kyle Schwarber went 2-for-4 with a double, a solo home run and two runs scored in Saturday's loss to the Giants.

Schwarber hit a big fly off Giants starter Chris Stratton in the third inning, his ninth dinger of the year. He's got hits in each of his last four games, a modest streak that's helped pull his May numbers out of the doldrums to at least a .237 average with two homers this month. A strong April has buoyed his overall numbers, leaving them at .257/.384/.515 with those nine homers, 21 RBI and 24 runs scored on the year.
May 26 - 10:42 PM

Andrew McCutchen went 2-for-4 with an RBI double and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Cubs.

Cutch had just three hits -- all in the same game -- in his previous 25 at-bats coming into the game, and the two-hit night raised his May average to .271. It's been a relatively quiet first year by the bay for the former All-Star, owner of a .239/.346/.378 line in 49 games. He's still gathering hits and contributing some counting stats, but it's clear that his best days are well behind him at this stage.
May 26 - 10:36 PM
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