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Shohei Ohtani clearly loves it in Anaheim after trade talks were squashed by the Angels front office. In yesterday’s doubleheader, Ohtani tossed his first complete-game shutout, allowing only one hit and striking out eight. Nearly just an hour later, he hit a two-run homer in the second, and a solo homer in the fourth. Ohtani sits at 38 home runs this season.
He did leave the second game in the seventh inning due to cramping but will receive fluids and should be available today.
Shohei Ohtani out here blasting homers like he didn't just fire a shutout an hour ago. pic.twitter.com/gT4KGTlnz3
— MLB (@MLB) July 27, 2023
A Bitter Rivalry
The Cubs and Cardinals have been longtime rivals, and that was only intensified during the first game of the series. Ian Happ hit Willson Contreras in the head after a long follow through on a swing. Contreras was cut badly and tumbled before walking off the field with a trainer.
Miles Mikolas resumed the 2-1 count with Happ, and with the next pitch, Happ was buzzed by a fastball near his head. On the subsequent pitch, Happ was hit in the rear. Mikolas played it off and walked towards the Cubs dugout, trying to get the team to take to the field. Soon after, Mikolas and Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol were ejected.
Miles Mikolas's ejection after throwing at Happ for hitting Contreras on his backswing. pic.twitter.com/zGfmpoH8CD
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) July 28, 2023
Central Division Swap
The Pirates traded first baseman Carlos Santana to the Brewers for Jhonny Severino, a shortstop prospect. The 37-year-old veteran will ideally provide production after Rowdy Tellez’s injury and underperformance this season. Let’s hope it’s not so awkward upon arrival after his walk-off dance against the Brewers.
Carlos Santana did this against the Brewers and now he’s a Brewer 😂 pic.twitter.com/ga8LnVKkCC
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) July 27, 2023
Votto Goes Mad
Joey Votto gives a goofy yet passionate speech on Mad Dog Unleashed as Alanna Rizzo sits awkwardly until realizing it’s all in good fun.
.@JoeyVotto is a LEGEND 😂
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 27, 2023
Good Yankees News
Aaron Judge has been working towards a return after being out since June 3 with a ligament tear in his toe. He could be activated from the injured list today, giving Yankees fans a reason to smile again. Judge knows he will be in pain the rest of the year, but hopes to manage the pain to play again.
Aaron Judge could reportedly return from the IL as soon as tomorrow 👀
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 28, 2023
The City That Never Sleeps Also Trades
In a late night news drop, the Mets traded closer David Robertson to the Mets for infield prospect Marco Vargas and catching prospect Ronald Hernandez. Robertson moved to the closer role after Edwin Diaz suffered a knee injury.
this is a silly thing i noticed, but…
David Robertson will now have pitched for:
NYM + NYY
CHW + CHC
TB + MIA
with his other team being PHI, PIT would complete that state set, one day! https://t.co/wq9AFJQv8Q
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) July 28, 2023
Best Moments From Yesterday
Double Burger With Cheese, Please
The White Sox have lost six in a row, but that won’t stop Jake Burger from hitting multiple home runs in one game. Burger, who did not make the Opening Day roster, has had an incredible season sitting in fifth for the most home runs in the American League (22). Burger’s stat line also looks great at .267/.505/.772.
A home run so nice he did it twice. ✌️ pic.twitter.com/VG5dWuZvQ0
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 28, 2023
Rain Can’t Ruin Mark Cahna Summer
Mark Canha breaks the tie in the bottom of the eighth, sending Pete Alonso home. The rain delay seemed to work in favor of the Mets.
After a 1 hour and 37 minute rain delay, Mark Canha gives the Mets the lead
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 28, 2023
Two Out Power
The Cubs win their sixth game in a row after taking the first game from the Cardinals. The team also found luck with two outs, as all five runs came after.
All five runs tonight have been scored with two outs! pic.twitter.com/iFLn5UAhw7
— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) July 28, 2023
One More Time
Why not have another Ohtani highlight reel for the road?
This was the first complete game shutout of Shohei Ohtani's MLB career! 🦄
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) July 27, 2023
Austin Voth has moved up to Tripe-A as he continues his rehab assignment.
Noah Syndergaard is scheduled to be reinstated from the 15-day injured list to start for his new team, the Guardians, on Monday.
Zach Eflin could make his next scheduled start Tuesday after an MRI on his left knee didn’t show any cause for concern.
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