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MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 4/25

The MLB news you need to know on this Monday morning.

Stay updated on everything baseball with our morning MLB News & Moments articles. We’ve got you covered to keep you in the know.

 

Today’s Headlines

 

Byron Buxton has a 2-homer day, including a walk-off blast

Baseball fans held their breath when Buxton injured his knee on a slide into second base last week, but the Twin appears healthy and put up an impressive day at the plate on Sunday. To tie the game in the seventh inning, the slugger drove a pitch the opposite way for a two-run home run. Then in the bottom of the 10th, he took a pitch from Liam Hendricks into the upper deck 469 ft. away. It was the longest walk-off home run in the Statcast era, per Sarah Langs.

 

Astros’ rookie shortstop Jeremy Peña hits first career walk-off home run

Peña has big shoes to fill as he takes over the shortstop position from Carlos Correa. On Sunday, his walk-off home run in extras helped the Astros avoid a sweep by the Toronto Blue Jays. After enjoying some early success in his rookie campaign, Peña came into his 10th inning at-bat in an 0-for-14 slump. His third home run of the season also snapped a streak of 31 consecutive saves for Blue Jays’ closer Jordan Romano.

 

King Gerrit Cole is back

New York Yankees‘ ace Gerrit Cole was due for a dominant performance. Against the Cleveland Guardians on Sunday afternoon, Cole held them scoreless by limited opposing hitters to four hits and one walk. He struck out nine and earned his first win of the season.

This comes after a rough start to the 2022 season for Cole. In his first three starts of the season, he allowed eight earn runs over 11.1 innings with three home runs, seven walks, and 12 strikeouts. This included a disastrous outing against the Detroit Tigers where he was only able to record five outs.

 

Kyle Schwarber was not happy with home plate umpire Ángel Hernández

After questionable calls behind the plate from umpire Ángel Hernández, Phillies’ slugger Kyle Schwarber erupted in the ninth inning after getting rung up on a pitch that was clearly off the plate. He threw his bat and helmet down and voiced his frustrations with Hernández, earning himself a swift ejection. The strike zone seemed to be expanded for both the Phillies and the Brewers, causing frustration on both sides.

 

Best Moments From Yesterday

 

Tyler Zombro, a minor league pitcher in the Tampa Bay Rays‘ organization, returned to the field after a scary injury last year. Pitching in a 2021 Triple-A game, Zombro was hit in the head by a line drive and would need to undergo emergency brain surgery to save his life. Both teams and the fans in the stadium recognized the significance of his return on Sunday.

 

Freddie Freeman celebrated his home run by high-fiving his dad. Baseball players — they’re just like us!

 

Cristian Pache is a really good dude. A young fan tweeted a video and asked how many hits he’d need to meet the Oakland A’s player in person. Pache saw the tweet, reached out to the child’s dad, and said he’d do his best to meet him at Sunday’s game. He kept his word and earned a fan for life.

 

Last but not least: Joey Votto is a gem. His description of a batting slump sounds a lot like what we all struggle with sometimes.

 

Injuries

 

Eloy Jiménez will likely be out 6-8 weeks with a hamstring strain.

Jacob deGrom is set to undergo an MRI today to re-assess his shoulder injury.

Steven Kwan left Sunday’s game with hamstring tightness.

Liam Hendriks is dealing with back tightness.

 

 

Articles You Should Read

 

Can Chris Paddack Find New Life as a Twin? — Sam Lutz

Shane McClanahan Thrives on Fear — Jack Foley

The Sunday Brief: Top Storylines to Follow This Week — Blair Williams

 

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Nicole Cahill

Nicole Cahill is a freelance writer who focuses on mental health and sports. She recently founded a nonprofit that helps youth athletes living with mental health challenges. When she's not fighting stigma or exploring Baseball Savant visuals, you can find Nicole enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book. Portfolio: NicoleCahill.com.

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