Curtis Granderson took over the AL home run lead by launching his ninth and tenth homers in last night’s 4-1 win over the Rangers. Ivan Nova yielded one unearned run over 7 1/3 innings while Mariano Rivera tossed a one-two-three ninth inning for his league-leading 12th save in 14 chances.
Granderson already has four home runs over 29 at-bats against left-handed pitching this season. He hit just four in 158 at-bats against southpaws for all of last season and two in 180 at-bats in 2009.
As Bob Nightengale of USA Today noted following last night’s power display, Granderson has 24 homers since last August 14. The only player with more? Jose Bautista.
Here’s the top of the leaderboard since last August 14:
Jose Bautista – 27
Curtis Granderson – 24
Troy Tulowitzki – 24
Jay Bruce – 21
Albert Pujols – 20
Miguel Cabrera – 19
Paul Konerko – 19
Ryan Braun – 19
David Wright – 17
Alex Rodriguez – 17
Rays catcher Wilson Ramos had to exit Monday night’s game against the Orioles in the fifth inning after suffering a head injury. Ruben Tejada broke his bat on a ground out and the barrel hit Ramos in his helmet. Rich Dubroff reports that Ramos needed six staples to close a laceration on his head.
Ramos will continue to be evaluated under MLB’s concussion protocol. He may wind up on the seven-day concussion disabled list.
Ramos, 29, entered Monday’s action batting .222/.259/.426 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 59 plate appearances. He was 0-for-2 before being replaced by Jesus Sucre.
Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop teamed up to turn an impressive 5-4-3 double play in the bottom of the first inning of Monday night’s game against the Rays.
Steven Souza, Jr. led off the frame with a single. Corey Dickerson struck out, bringing Evan Longoria to the dish. Longoria sharply grounded a 1-2 fastball from Kevin Gausman to Machado, who showcased his strong arm with a perfect feed to Schoop at the second base bag despite his momentum taking him towards into territory. Schoop made an off-balance throw to first to complete the twin-killing.
The Orioles took the lead in the top of the third when Adam Jones hit a solo home run off of Ian Snell.