According to the Detroit Free Press, “reports have said” the Tigers are interested in having free agent second baseman Orlando Hudson replace Placido Polanco, who signed with Philadelphia last month.
We’ve seen Hudson linked to a number of teams this winter — Mets,
Phillies, Red Sox, Rockies, Mariners, Giants and Nationals — but the
Tigers haven’t been one of them. Of course, that doesn’t mean this
report isn’t true, but I haven’t found a single report that has linked
the Tigers to the 32-year-old.
It’s an unlikely scenario anyway, as the Tigers have top prospect Scott
Sizemore at the ready. Sizemore, who turns 24 on Monday, batted
.308/.389/.500 with 17 home runs and 66 RBI between Double-A Erie and
Triple-A Toledo last season. He underwent surgery to repair a fractured
left ankle in October, but there have been no reported setbacks in his
A few of the teams mentioned above have already settled on other
options at second base, leaving a potential landing spot for Hudson
in doubt. It’s very possible that Hudson could find himself signing
another one-year contract. If his price drops far enough, the Tigers
can’t be dismissed entirely.
Angels DH Albert Pujols passed Mark McGwire for sole possession of 10th place on baseball’s all-time home run leaderboard, slugging his 584th career home run in the first inning of Wednesday night’s game against the Blue Jays.
Mike Trout had already slugged a solo home run off of Jays starter Marco Estrada to bring Pujols to the dish. Pujols jumped on an 0-1 cut fastball, sending it out to left-center field, clearing the fence by a few feet.
Pujols, who finished 4-for-4 with the homer and an RBI double, is batting .257/.321/.441 with 24 home runs and 99 RBI on the year. His next target on the home run leaderboard is Frank Robinson at 586.
Orioles closer Zach Britton had appeared in a major league record 43 consecutive games without allowing an earned run, spanning May 5 to August 22. That streak came to an end on Wednesday evening against the Nationals.
The Orioles entered the bottom of the ninth inning holding a 10-3 lead, but reliever Parker Bridwell immediately found himself in hot water. He yielded back-to-back singles to Danny Espinosa and Clint Robinson. He was able to strike out Trea Turner, but walked Jayson Werth to load the bases. Daniel Murphy then crushed his first career grand slam to make it a 10-7 game. That prompted manager Buck Showalter to bring in Britton.
Britton, too, was knocked around. He served up a single to Bryce Harper, followed by a double to Anthony Rendon that scored Harper, pushing the score to 10-8 and ending Britton’s streak. Wilson Ramos reached on a fielder’s choice back to Britton, but the lefty finally finished the game by getting Ryan Zimmerman to ground into a game-ending 4-6-3 double play.
Britton now holds a nice 0.69 ERA with 38 saves and a 61/16 K/BB ratio in 52 innings of work this season.