After being dragged into the story about Dallas Braden’s perfect game yesterday afternoon, Alex Rodriguez also homered against the Red Sox last night to tie Frank Robinson for seventh place on the all-time list with 586.
It was Rodriguez’s first homer in 61 at-bats and just his third of the season, but his next long ball will break the tie with Robinson and he also figures to pass Sammy Sosa by the end of the year: Here’s the current top 10:
Barry Bonds 762
Hank Aaron 755
Babe Ruth 714
Willie Mays 660
Ken Griffey Jr. 630
Sammy Sosa 609
Alex Rodriguez 586
Frank Robinson 586
Mark McGwire 583
Harmon Killebrew 573
Ken Griffey Jr. looks just about done, so he’s unlikely to pass Willie Mays for fourth place. Assuming that A-Rod ends up with at least 30 homers this year, he’d pass Sosa late in the season and then have Griffey and Mays in his sights for 2011. Also worth noting is that Jim Thome is four homers from tying Harmon Killebrew for 10th place and could also move past Mark McGwire and Robinson by season’s end.
Last night the Yankees pasted the Tigers in Detroit, but the hometown crowd did get something entertaining to send them on their way: an inside-the-park homer from Nicholas Castellanos.
At least that’s technically what it was. It would be a single and a three-base error if our official scoring made any sense.
Watch the play below. It’s all put in motion by Jacoby Ellsbury‘s decision to try to make a slide catch on the ball, misjudging it and allowing it to skip over 100 feet to the wall:
Since Ellsbury didn’t touch it it wasn’t called an error — errors are rarely if ever called on poor plays that don’t result in a fielder actually touching the ball — but it was certainly a mental error to not let the ball bounce and ensure that it didn’t get past him. Especially with such a big lead.
Oh well, that’s baseball for you.
The Royals are a game and a half out of the crazy AL Wild Card race — six games back of the Indians in the division — so they don’t have a huge margin for error. They got some bad news last night, though, that could have a major impact on their playoff hopes: closer Kelvin Herrera experienced tightness in his right forearm in the ninth inning of last night’s win, forcing him out of the game.
Herrera walked the bases loaded, then went to a 2-0 count on the next batter before leaving the game. That last pitch was a fastball that clocked in at 91 m.p.h., which is NOT a typical Kelvin Herrera fastball. Herrera didn’t talk after the game but his teammate Sal Perez said that Herrera told him “I’m tight. I don’t feel my forearm.”
Reporters left the clubhouse before an official diagnosis or prognosis could be delivered, so expect an update some time today. If Herrera is out the closer duties could fall to Scott Alexander or Brandon Maurer.