The Orioles are going to be without one of their main sluggers for the next couple of days.
Or maybe longer.
According to Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun, outfielder Luke Scott had to be lifted from Saturday night’s game — the same game that saw Rays third baseman Evan Longoria suffer an oblique injury — due to some kind of groin problem.
Scott apparently suffered the groin injury while pushing out of the batter’s box on a fielder’s choice groundout in the seventh inning. Felix Pie came on to pinch-run and then stayed in left field, making a throw that helped the O’s win the game.
Scott served primarily as Baltimore’s designated hitter last season, but was moved back to the outfield this winter when Vladimir Guerrero was signed. That position change may mean a lengthier recovery time if Scott suffered a muscle strain or something more serious.
UPDATE: Scott told the Sun‘s Jeff Zrebiec that he’s mostly fine and expects to play Wednesday.
Angels DH Albert Pujols smacked his 597th career home run, a two-run shot in the top of the first inning during Wednesday night’s 5-2 loss to the Rays. The blast was off of Erasmo Ramirez and marked No. 6 on the season for the future Hall of Famer.
Pujols finished 1-for-3 with the homer and a walk. After Wednesday’s game, he’s hitting a lackluster .244/.296/.378 with 34 RBI and 14 runs scored in 186 trips to the plate.
Pujols currently ranks ninth on baseball’s all-time leaderboard and is three shy of joining the 600-homer club. He’s currently 13 home runs away from tying Sammy Sosa for eighth all-time.
Red Sox starter Chris Sale entered Wednesday’s outing against the Rangers with at least 10 strikeouts in eight consecutive starts, tying a record he already shared with Pedro Martinez. He failed do break the record, racking up only six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. Fortunately, the Red Sox scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to put him in line for the win. Sale gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk.
After Wednesday’s outing, Sale is sitting on a 2.34 ERA with a 101/14 K/BB ratio in 73 innings. So far, so good for the Red Sox, who acquired Sale from the White Sox in December.
Sale previously racked up 10 strikeouts in eight consecutive games between May 23 and June 30 in 2015 with the White Sox. Pedro Martinez accomplished the feat for the Red Sox between August 19 and September 27 in 1999.