Angels outfielder Peter Bourjos had himself a nice little Saturday. The Halos beat the Twins 9-3 at Minnesota’s Target Field and the the 23-year-old collected a series of firsts.
Called to the big leagues on August 3 and thrown into the fire almost immediately, Bourjos hasn’t been perfect. But he has shown flashes. On Saturday he recorded his first career home run — a two-run shot — and his first triple — which also plated a run.
He also gunned down Twins outfielder Jason Kubel from center field in the fifth inning.
Bourjos is batting just .170/.228/.321 overall with six RBI, but he’s only made 58 plate appearances and what he’s accomplished in the field should not be overlooked. To many scouts, the kid has the potential to win multiple Gold Glove awards as a center fielder. He carried a strong enough defensive reputation to bump Torii Hunter over to right field and he’s already shown incredible range as a big-leaguer.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: