Kubel leads Twins over Yankees via grand slam

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kubel congratulated.jpgThe Yankees ended a 12-game drought against the Yankees Sunday thanks to a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the eighth inning from Jason Kubel.  It was his only hit of the game, but it was a big one.  Even more impressive, he hit the slam off Yankees closer Mariano Rivera. 

The Twins trailed 3-1 heading into the eighth.  But Denard Span hit a single to shallow left, Joe Mauer walked, Michael Cuddyer singled, Jim Thome walked with the bases loaded, and then Kubel cleared ’em.  The Twinkies are now 6-29 in the Bronx under manager Ron Gardenhire’s leadership.  More importantly, they’re 23-14 and own a 1.5-game lead over the Tigers in the AL Central.

Kubel, 27, hasn’t had the best start this year.  He’s currently hitting just .225 with a 661 OPS and two home runs in 98 at-bats.  Perhaps the exciting four-run shot will get his juices flowing.

Report: Braves to promote Ronald Acuña

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MLB.com’s Mark Bowman confirms a report from Daniel Álvarez Montes of EVTV Miami that the Braves are calling up outfield prospect Ronald Acuña from Triple-A Gwinnett.

The move is obviously much anticipated and expected, as Acuña is considered the top prospect in baseball among those who hadn’t been called up to the majors yet. Acuña has had a slow start with Gwinnett, as he’s batting only .215/.301/.277 in 73 plate appearances. However, he has turned things around somewhat in recent days, batting .379 with a double and a homer since April 17.

Acuña should be in Wednesday’s starting lineup against the Reds and he should be a lineup regular going forward. The expectations are high for Acuña, who signed with the Braves as an international free agent in July 2014.