Twins designated hitter Jim Thome
went deep twice in Monday's 9-6 defeat of the Tigers
, tallying the 599th and 600th home runs of his major league career. He's only the eighth player in the history of Major League Baseball to reach the 600-homer plateau, and one of only five players in that elite group with zero ties to performance-enhancing drugs.
With a .277/.403/.577 career batting line, 2,263 career hits and 1,662 career RBI, Thome is already a sure-thing Hall of Famer. And as a 40-year-old veteran showing very little letup offensively, he's likely to pad those stats for another couple years.
As fantasy enthusiasts with little care for the personalities of the players we draft, we tend to lose track of which guys are considered likable and which are considered clubhouse cancers. Thome, by all accounts, has been a class act from the start. Consider this tweet from Baseball Prospectus
' Kevin Goldstein:
"I don't think I've ever heard anyone, anywhere, say a bad thing about Jim Thome
. That's hard to do in a 23-year career."
Indeed it is.
This is Tuesday's edition of the MLB Daily Dose...
* In a waiver trade that came seemingly out of nowhere, the Tigers acquired outfielder Delmon Young
from the Twins on Monday afternoon for left-handed pitching prospect Cole Nelson
and a player to be named later.
Young struggled mightily for Minnesota this season, batting just .266/.305/.357 in 84 games while showing diminished athleticism in the outfield. But he registered a cool .826 OPS with 21 home runs and 112 RBI across 153 contests last year, and he slugged a homer in his first at-bat with Detroit on Monday night. He's a frustrating player to watch, and he's been dropped by many of the fantasy owners who drafted him, but there's a chance he can catch fire for the Tigers and provide value in mixed leagues down the stretch.
The Tigers have benched Magglio Ordonez
in order to free up playing time. Austin Jackson
and Brennan Boesch
should start alongside Young going forward.
* Time for the weekly -- or maybe it's daily --- update on Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez
According to reports
, A-Rod took 13 at-bats in a simulated game Sunday in Tampa, Florida and was cleared afterward to transfer his minor league rehab assignment to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 35-year-old had a double, a home run and two RBI in seven plate appearances at Single-A. If everything continues to run smoothly, Rodriguez could return to the Yankees' starting lineup in time for Thursday night's series opener against the Twins.
A-Rod was batting .295/.366/.485 with 13 home runs and 52 RBI in 344 plate appearances before undergoing a minor knee procedure in mid-July.National League Quick Hits:
Mets closer Jason Isringhausen
notched his 300th career save in Monday's 5-4 defeat of the Padres … Phillies lefty Cole Hamels
underwent a precautionary MRI on his throwing shoulder Monday … Stephen Strasburg
(elbow) will make his third minor league rehab start Wednesday with Single-A Hagerstown … Pablo Sandoval
is day-to-day after fouling a ball off his left foot Monday … The Giants are not expecting Carlos Beltran
(wrist) to return to action until later this week … Jose Tabata
is expected to rejoin the Pirates on Tuesday after missing the past six weeks with a strained left quad … Jesus Guzman
has missed three straight games due to a sore left elbow … Cardinals utilityman Nick Punto
(oblique) has been cleared to begin taking groundballs … Mets left-hander Johan Santana
has been cleared to resume his throwing program and is still aiming to pitch in the majors this season … Edward Mujica
is day-to-day with a strained lat muscle … Mike Stanton
hit the third-longest home run of the season in Monday's loss to the Rockies … Braves rookie Freddie Freeman
hit a walkoff two-run single Monday against Giants closer Brian Wilson
… J.D. Martin
ez will continue to bat third for the Astros … Aaron Harang
made an early exit from his Monday start due to a bruised arm … Giants setup man Sergio Romo
(elbow) could be headed to the disabled list … Ivan Rodriguez
(oblique) will attempt to resume baseball activities Tuesday … Peter Moylan
threw batting practice Monday for the first time since undergoing back surgery in May … The Brewers have won 17 of their last 19 games.American League Quick Hits:
The Rangers are not expecting Adrian Beltre
(hamstring) to return to the majors until September … Brett Lawrie
has three home runs, three doubles, a triple and eight RBI through his first 10 major league games … The Yankees are not expected to promote top catching prospect Jesus Montero
until rosters expand in September … Nelson Cruz
was pulled Monday with tightness in his left quad … Twins center fielder Denard Span
continues to suffer from concussion-related symptoms … Derek Jeter
went 3-for-4 with a triple, three RBI and a stolen base in Monday's defeat of the Royals … The Mariners released right-handed reliever Chris Ray
… The Blue Jays failed to reach an agreement with first-round pick Tyler Beede
, the only first-rounder to go unsigned … Mariano Rivera
earned his 34th save of the season Monday in a win over the Royals … Angels rookie Garrett Richards
suffered a groin strain while making a start Monday against the Rangers … Chris Davis
is day-to-day with a sore right shoulder … The Yankees are not expected to promote left-handed prospect Manny Banuelos