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Daily Dose: Gleyber Day

Monday, May 7, 2018


Gleyber Day


It seems as though every day the Yankees are finding new and exciting ways to win. They entered play on Sunday as winners of five in a row and 14 of their last 15 games, pulling them to 23-10 after a 9-9 start to the season.


On Sunday, they sent 25-year-old Domingo German to the hill, making the first start of his major league career. German was called upon to come on in the second inning of Tuesday’s start against the Astros, throwing 61 pitches in four scoreless innings after Jordan Montgomery went down with an injury. It was that stellar outing that earned him a chance in the rotation. German wasn’t going to miss that opportunity.


German was brilliant, racking up nine strikeouts over six no-hit innings against the Indians. The only baserunners against him came on a pair of walks. With his pitch count at 84, manager Aaron Boone opted to go to his bullpen in the seventh inning, rather than face the Indians’ lineup a third time.


As good as German was though, Mike Clevinger was dealing on the other side. Clevinger had punched out 10 over seven scoreless innings, leading the two teams to a 0-0 tie heading into the eighth inning.


If the Yankees were going to run that winning streak to six though, and 15 of 16, they’d need to find a way to rally late. The Indians finally broke through in the eighth, striking for four runs off of Dellin Betances and Josh Holder. These Bombers have some serious fight in them though.


Clevinger was sent back out for the bottom of the eighth after sitting for a while during his offense’s rally in the top half of the inning. He walked two of the first three hitters that he faced in the frame before turning the ball over to closer Cody Allen. Allen came on and got Gleyber Torres to fly out to center, then gave up an RBI single to Brett Gardner and a two-run double to Aaron Judge, hanging two runs on Clevinger’s line after he departed.


Still, the Indians clung to a 4-3 lead heading into the ninth. Chasen Shreve held serve in the top half of the ninth, retiring all three hitters that he faced to get the Yankees’ bats another shot at the Indians’ bullpen.


Despite his troubles in the eighth inning, Allen remained in the game for the save chance in the ninth. He was greeted by a double from Aaron Hicks then an RBI double from Neil Walker to tie the game. That was enough for manager Terry Francona, as he turned it over to Dan Otero. The right-hander got Miguel Andujar to ground out to third base and then intentionally walked pinch-hitter Giancarlo Stanton to put runners on first and second, setting up the double play possibility.


That’s when the kid stepped up. Rookie phenom Gleyber Torres worked a full count, then pulverized a ball over the wall in center field for a walk-off three-run homer. It was the second homer of the weekend for Torres and is certainly one that he won’t be forgetting any time soon. According to the Yankees PR Department, at 21 years and 144 days, Torres became the youngest Yankee since at least 1908 to blast a walk-off home run.


Torres has definitely looked like he belongs in the big leagues through his first 15 games. He’s hitting .327/.357/.500 with a pair of homers, 11 RBI and a stolen base while the Yankees have gone 14-1. It’s an exciting time to be a fan of the Evil Empire.

 

 

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That’ll Leave a Mark


Cardinals’ eight-time All-Star catcher Yadier Molina had to leave Saturday’s game against the Cubs after taking a foul tip to the groin. It turns out, he’ll be sidelined for much longer than that .


The Cardinals announced Sunday that Molina had undergone surgery to address a traumatic hematoma in his injured groin. He’s expected to miss at least a month of action.


The 35-year-old backstop is still one of the best all-around hitters in the Cardinals’ lineup and his bat will be sorely missed while he’s on the shelf. Through his first 30 games, Molina was hitting .272/.292/.456 with six homers and 17 RBI.


The Cardinals will now turn to 23-year-old prospect Carson Kelly to handle the bulk of the action behind the plate for the foreseeable future. Fantasy owners who will be in the market for a catcher to make up that lost production may want to look elsewhere.


Kelly has struggled at Triple-A Memphis this season, slashing just .234/.337/.364 with two homers and 11 RBI through his first 21 games. He has also had a very difficult time during his sporadic action with the Cardinals over the years, hitting a mere .171/.236/.220 with a 13/5 K/BB ratio across 89 plate appearances.





The Claw Gets Clipped


While Clayton Kershaw has been good through his first seven starts this season, he hasn’t been his usual other-worldly self. He’s 1-4 with a 2.86 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 48/10 K/BB ratio across his 44 innings of work.


Now, he’s heading to the disabled list for the third consecutive season.


After not feeling right while playing catch on Saturday, Kershaw landed on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with left biceps tendinitis. Next on the schedule for him, was a visit with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, which occurred on Sunday. MRI results revealed no structural damage and confirmed the initial diagnosis that he’s dealing with biceps tendinitis.


Dodgers’ manager Dave Roberts said Sunday that he’s “cautiously optimistic” on Kershaw’s status. He’ll begin his rehab on Monday in Los Angeles and barring any setbacks shouldn’t miss a substantial amount of time.


Rich Hill will finally return from his finger issues and start in his place on Tuesday. The Dodgers need him to stay healthy this time around and help fill the massive void in the rotation that’s caused by Kershaw’s absence.





American League Quick Hits: Andrew Miller is on track to be activated from the disabled list on Friday… Jeimer Candelario sat out Sunday’s game against the Royals with a sore left thumb… Curtis Granderson missed his second straight game with a hamstring injury… Byron Buxton (toe) hit in the cages again on Sunday, but didn’t do any running for the second straight day… Adam Jones is considered day-to-day after X-rays on his injured wrist came back negative… Aledmys Diaz was forced to leave Sunday’s game with a left ankle injury… Marco Estrada fired six shutout innings in a no-decision against the Rays… Mookie Betts was diagnosed with a right shoulder contusion after he was hit by an errant throw while running the bases on Sunday. He’s considered day-to-day… Jake Junis struck out a career-high eight batters over seven innings of two-run ball in a victory over the Tigers… Whit Merrifield scored a pair of runs and swiped three bases in that victory… J.D. Martinez belted his eighth homer in a win against the Rangers… Eddie Rosario had a jack and a bag in a victory over the White Sox… James Shields no-hit the Twins through six innings before running out of gas in the seventh… Chris Sale fanned 12 over seven innings of one-run ball in a victory over the Rangers… Alex Cobb took a loss against the Athletics, but allowed just one earned run over his six innings… Andrew Triggs fanned nine over seven innings of one-run baseball to beat the Orioles… Justin Verlander suffered his first regular season loss as a member of the Astros, despite pitching well against the Diamondbacks… Jean Segura was removed from Sunday’s game against the Angels due to a migraine headache… Shohei Ohtani improved to 3-1, allowing two runs in six-plus innings against the Mariners… Mike Trout went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and a stolen base in that victory.



National League Quick Hits: The Mets opted to go the safe route and put Jacob deGrom on the 10-day disabled list with a hyperextended right elbow, rather than have him pitch on Monday as scheduled. He’s expected to rejoin the rotation when first eligible on May 13… Adam Wainwright (elbow) is set to begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Springfield on Monday… Ryan Zimmerman missed his second straight start due to stiffness in his side… Stephen Vogt was pulled back from his minor league rehab assignment after suffering a setback with his injured right shoulder… Giants manager Bruce Bochy said it would be “awhile” before Mac Williamson (concussion) returns from the disabled list… Corey Knebel (hamstring) is expected to be activated from the disabled list at some point during the upcoming week… The Dodgers signed veteran infielder Danny Espinosa to a minor league contract… The Giants agreed to a minor league deal with Ryan HaniganDJ LeMahieu expects to return from the disabled list when first eligible on Tuesday… Yasiel Puig (hip, foot) is expected to return from the disabled list on Wednesday… Yoenis Cespedes was forced to leave Sunday’s game with an injury to his right quadriceps… Ian Desmond blasted a pair of home runs to lead the Rockies past the Mets… Andrew Suarez earned the first victory of his MLB career, allowing just one unearned run over 5 ⅓ innings against the Braves… Braves’ manager Brian Snitker announced that Mike Soroka will remain in the rotation despite his poor performance in Sunday’s loss to the Giants… Tommy Pham missed his second straight game with a groin injury, which he says is at around 70 percent… Bud Norris expects to miss another game or two with his triceps injury… Max Scherzer racked up an impressive 15 strikeouts over 6 ⅓ innings in a no-decision against the Phillies..  Matt Adams belted his fifth home run in his last five games… Chad Kuhl allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings in a win over the Brewers… Matt Koch allowed just one run over six innings to beat the Astros… Eric Hosmer homered for the second straight game as the Padres topped the Dodgers… Eric Lauer fired six scoreless innings, striking out five to earn his first MLB win… Joey Votto went 4-for-5 with a homer and four RBI in a loss to the Marlins... Javier Baez clubbed a go-ahead solo homer in the 14th inning on Sunday that nearly led the Cubs to victory over the Cardinals... That is until Dexter Fowler, down to his final strike, blasted a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom half of the inning to lead the Cardinals to victory.



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