Mike Stanton's first major league home run is a grand slam

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It took 32 at-bats, but Mike Stanton collected his first major league home run in grand style against the Rays on Friday night, hitting a first-inning grand slam off Matt Garza.

According to the Associated Press, Stanton actually hit the home run with Dan Uggla’s bat, and as you see with the picture to the right, Stanton went with the high socks at the recommendation of Cody Ross.

“Dan’s bat and Cody’s idea to put pants up,” Stanton said. “The only
reason I hit it. Full credit to them.”

Yeah, that’s why it happened.

The 20-year-old Stanton joined Jeremy Hermida, Jeff Conine, Chuck Carr, Quilvio Veras and Craig
Counsell on the list of Marlins whose first career homer was a grand
slam, according to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. Hermida was the last to do it.

Hopefully this was just the first of many, you know, as long as it’s not against my Mets.
 

Blue Jays acquire Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates

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MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm reports that the Blue Jays have acquired infielder Gift Ngoepe from the Pirates in exchange for cash considerations.

Ngoepe, 27, made his major league debut this past season. Overall, he hit .222/.323/.296 in 63 plate appearances. He mostly played second base, but also spent time at shortstop and third base.

Ngoepe is from South Africa. When he debuted on April 26, he became the second African-born player to play in the majors along with Al Cabrera of the 1913 Cardinals. He had spent parts of eight seasons in the minors prior to 2017.

In case you’re wondering, Ngoepe is pronounced “in-go-pay.”