The Yankees were down 7-1 to the visiting A's when a Thursday afternoon rain storm halted play in the third inning at Yankee Stadium. The rest of the afternoon went very, very differently.
The Bronx Bombers, as they're fittingly nicknamed, scored 20 runs between the fifth and eighth innings to mount a 22-9 comeback victory over Oakland. Robinson Cano
, Russell Martin
and Curtis Granderson
all hit grand slams, becoming the first trio to ever accomplish that feat in a single game. Derek Jeter
had three hits, Alex Rodriguez
scored three times, and even Eduardo Nunez
It was an offensive explosion, and it kept New York within one game of the Red Sox for top billing in the American League East. There aren't many truly intriguing divisional races, but baseball won't be completely free of September drama.
This is Friday's edition of the MLB Daily Dose...
* The Indians placed a waiver claim on Twins DH Jim Thome
early Thursday morning, then spent the next several hours working on a swap. By 9:30pm ET, the deal was made official.
Thome was shipped to the Tribe for a player to be named later and is expected to arrive in Cleveland in time for Friday night's series-opener against the Royals. He turns 41 years old later this month and doesn't have the legs anymore to carry an everyday role, but the veteran slugger has tallied 37 home runs in his last 578 plate appearances (less than a full season for most) and should be able to put a jolt into the middle of the Indians' batting order down the stretch.
Facing a 6.5-game deficit in the American League Central, the Indians don't exactly have the best odds at jumping back into playoff contention. But watching Thome mash again while sporting the Chief Wahoo logo should provide a nice wave of 90s nostalgia down the stretch, and a slightly more active role has the potential to provide a boost to the future Hall of Famer's late-season fantasy value.
* Mets shortstop Jose Reyes
continued to take strides Thursday in his ongoing recovery from a left hamstring strain.
Playing in his first minor league rehab game with Single-A Binghamton, the 28-year-old impending free agent went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored. He also manned the shortstop position for five innings, reporting no problems while performing routine side-to-side and front-to-back movements. The plan calls for Reyes to return to the major leagues in time for Monday's doubleheader against the Marlins. So far, he's right on track.National League Quick Hits:
Giants closer Brian Wilson
remains on track to return from the disabled list at the end of August … Braves starter Tommy Hanson
returned to Atlanta on Thursday to have his troublesome right shoulder examined … Matt Holliday
hit his 19th home run of the year in Thursday's win over the Pirates … Brian McCann
homered twice in Thursday's victory over the Cubs … Ivan Rodriguez
is scheduled to begin a minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Single-A Potomac … Alfonso Soriano
(forearm) expects to return to the Cubs' starting lineup Friday … D'Backs rookie Paul Goldschmidt
went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI in Thursday's defeat of the Nationals … The Pirates activated young outfielder Alex Presley
from the 15-day disabled list … Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus
is day-to-day with tightness in his right shoulder … Cardinals setup man Eduardo Sanchez
(shoulder) played a light game of catch Thursday … Nate Schierholtz
(foot) could be placed on the 15-day disabled list this weekend … The Dodgers placed utilityman Jamey Carroll
on waivers … Impending free agent Lance Berkman
said Wednesday that he would like to return to the Cardinals next season … Wade A. Miley picked up his first major league victory Thursday after tossing six shutout innings against the Nationals.American League Quick Hits:
The Twins placed left-hander Francisco Liriano
on the 15-day disabled list with a shoulder strain … Carlos Quentin
is expected to sit out the entire weekend due to ongoing discomfort in his sprained left shoulder … Adrian Beltre
(hamstring) took regular batting practice Thursday … Blue Jays outfielder Colby Rasmus
could be placed on the disabled list soon if his wrist does not improve … B.J. Upton
(shoulder) missed a third straight game Thursday … Royals outfielder Alex Gordon
remains day-to-day with a right elbow contusion … Rich Harden
, who had been on a roll, allowed six runs in 4 1/3 innings Thursday against the Yankees … Rays right-hander Jeremy Hellickson
became the first Rays pitcher to strike out four batters in one inning Thursday … Melky Cabrera
collected his 17th home run and 75th RBI in Thursday's defeat of the Blue Jays … Tsuyoshi Nishioka
(back) could return to the Twins' starting lineup Friday … Pedro Feliciano
(shoulder) made his rehab debut Thursday in the Gulf Coast League … Joe Mauer
is day-to-day with a stiff neck … Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia
topped the 20-homer plateau Thursday in a loss to the Royals … Yankees DH Jorge Posada
played second base for the first time in his career during Thursday's blowout of the A's … Josh Tomlin
might be scratched from his next scheduled start due to an undisclosed injury … Rajai Davis
(hamstring) jogged Thursday and is on track to return in mid-September … Adrian Gonzalez
homered twice in Thursday's defeat of the Rangers … Travis Snider
is done for the season due to right wrist tendinitis.