It’s funny, right, that two of St. Louis’ three starting outfielders are now being bothered by injuries and not one of them bears the name Lance Berkman?
B.J. Rains of FOX Sports Midwest passes along notice that Cardinals left fielder Matt Holliday had to be lifted after the second inning of Wednesday evening’s game against the Astros due to tightness in his left quadriceps muscle.
Holliday appeared to tweak a leg muscle while trailing back on an Angel Sanchez fly ball to left field in the first inning. Holliday made the catch, but he had to travel a long way in a short period of time and may have strained something. Mark Hamilton took over out in left field and at cleanup one inning later.
Cardinals center fielder Colby Rasmus is also being bothered by an injury, thought to be an ab strain.
UPDATE: Forget the health praise for Berkman. He exited in the fifth inning after making a diving catch and coming up with a sore wrist, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. It might have been a precautionary move because the Cards have a big lead on the Astros.
Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz was childhood friends with Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, so it was expected when Diaz took time away from the team on Monday to visit Fernandez’s family in Miami. They grew up on the same street in Cuba and played for the same youth baseball team and both would ultimately wind up playing Major League Baseball in the United States.
In the bottom of the fourth inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Reds, Diaz hit a 2-1 Robert Stephenson fastball out to left-center field for a no-doubt grand slam. Teammate Yadier Molina gave Diaz a tight hug as he crossed home plate.
Before Tuesday’s game, Diaz said that the best way to honor Fernandez was to play with his passion, as MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch reports. Diaz said, “I only play for [Fernandez’s] family right now.”
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The Red Sox would have clinched the AL East if one of two things happened on Tuesday night: the Red Sox themselves beat the Yankees, or the Orioles defeated the Blue Jays. Neither happened.
The Jays soundly took down the Orioles 5-1 behind six strong innings from Aaron Sanchez. Josh Donaldson went 2-for-2 with a two-run home run and a pair of walks and leadoff batter Ezequiel Carrera went 2-for-3 with a solo homer, an RBI single, a walk, and three runs scored.
Meanwhile, at Yankee Stadium, the Yankees outlasted the Red Sox for a 6-4 win, responding to both two-run innings the Sox had in the sixth and seventh with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh. Gary Sanchez hit his 20th homer of the season. Didi Gregorius and Tyler Austin also contributed dingers. Starter Luis Cessa pitched well, limiting the Sox to two runs over six innings on five hits and a walk with two strikeouts. Red Sox starter David Price struggled, yielding six runs in 6 1/3 innings. Yankees reliever Tyler Clippard got into trouble in the ninth inning but was able to wiggle out of trouble to finish out the game.
Once again, the Red Sox will be able to clinch the AL East on Wednesday with a win over the Yankees or a Blue Jays loss to the Orioles.