Happy Friday! A few things of note happened within MLB last night. New reported injuries, some fun, and a little karma. It’s time to recap MLB news you should know.
Fans robbed of Miggy’s 3,000th hit
Fans piled into Comerica Park today to see Miguel Cabrera join the 3,000 hit club, but were met with disappointment in the eighth inning as Yankees manager Aaron Boone called for a two-out intentional walk to load the bases. Perhaps karma was swift as Austin Meadows brought in two.
Hey Siri, define karma. pic.twitter.com/uU7057jlYD
— Detroit Tigers (@tigers) April 21, 2022
During a postgame interview, was asked if he was upset and Cabrera said “No, my on-base percentage went up.” Cabrera has a chance to become the 33rd player in history to join the 3,000 hit club later today in a home series opener against the Rockies.
Blue Jays vs. Red Sox
Right-handed pitcher Kevin Gausman seems to know a little bit about Fenway. Gausman dominated yesterday against the Red Sox, taking a shutout into the ninth inning. With eight strikeouts and no walks, Gausman was stunning on the mound until he allowed a hit by Trevor Story in the ninth. Jordan Romano relieved Gausman only to walk one and give up an RBI double to Xander Bogaerts.
“If you’re still in the game when they’re singing ‘Sweet Caroline’ in the eighth, you’ve done something right,” Gausman said after nearly shutting out the Red Sox.
The wind also really helped the Blue Jays against the Red Sox. What should’ve been a routine catch ended in an embarrassing error for the Red Sox and a run crossed the plate to make it 3-0 Blue Jays. The Blue Jays went on to win the game 3-2 and the series against the Red Sox.
┃┃╱╲ In this
╱╱╭╮╲╲ we love
▔▏┗┛▕▔ & appreciate
— Toronto Blue Jays (@BlueJays) April 21, 2022
George Springer entered the lineup to pinch-hit during the sixth inning and remained in right field for the rest of the game. As for the Red Sox, it was announced that Alex Cora tested positive for COVID-19 and would not manage the series finale. Cora will not travel with the team for the weekend series against the Rays.
Court denies Yankees’ request
The 2nd U.S. Court of Appeals denied the request to rehear the Yankees’ attempt to keep the letter from Commissioner Rob Manfred to general manager Brian Cashman sealed. The infamous letter details an investigation into sign stealing.
Yankees president Randy Levine made the appeal on April 1 hoping the court would reverse the initial ruling to have the letter unsealed on March 21. With yesterday’s rejection, the letter must be made public within the next two weeks.
According to the Post, the Yankees improperly used a dugout phone prior to 2017 and positioned themselves in the team’s replay room in an attempt to steal the opponents’ signs and relay that information to runners on second base.
Don’t rush greatness
Jazz Chisholm Jr. apparently doesn’t appreciate being rushed.
𝘑𝘢𝘻𝘻 𝘊𝘩𝘪𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘮 𝘑𝘳. 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘮𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘦…
— Bally Sports Florida & Bally Sports Sun (@BallySportsFL) April 22, 2022
Cubs vs. Pirates
With an injury list of nearly a dozen players per team and records of 6-7 each, the Cubs hoped to break their three-game losing streak at home. The Cubs have gone 3-4 in home games. The Pirates, however, wouldn’t go down so easily. In one of the wildest plays from yesterday, Bryan Reynolds managed to hit a triple off a hit with an exit velocity of just 49.4 mph. Reynolds only had an xBA of .140. The Pirates defeated the Cubs 4-3.
Bryan Reynolds just hit a triple.
The ball had an exit velocity of 49.4 mph. pic.twitter.com/ObsoqZ7bJS
— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 22, 2022
Jon Gray is back on the injury list after stepping off the mound when he reacted to a fake bunt attempt in the first inning of Tuesday’s game against the Mariners. Gray came off the injury list to make the start on Tuesday after dealing with a blister on his right middle finger. An MRI showed a low-grade sprain of the MCL. The Rangers’ starting pitcher is expected to miss at least one start.
As if the White Sox didn’t suffer enough in Cleveland, Luis Robert exited yesterday’s game with a minor groin strain. Athletic trainer James Kruk told manager Tony La Russa the injury “looked like it was minor and it should be something that heals quickly.” In response to being asked if Robert would go on the injury list, La Russa said “a possibility, yeah.”
That wraps up MLB News You Should Know from Thursday. Have a great weekend!
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