Moustakas, Rizzo hit first big league homers on same day

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Saturday had a celebratory feel for two of baseball’s most prominent young prospects.

Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas, who was promoted from Triple-A Omaha Friday, launched his first career major league home run Saturday against the Angels. He’s 2-for-6 with two walks and two runs scored since meeting up with Kansas City.

Padres first baseman Anthony Rizzo, promoted from Triple-A Tucson on Thursday, also slugged his first career home big league home run Saturday against the Nationals. He is 3-for-7 with four walks and two runs scored since arriving in sunny San Diego.

Unless something goes wrong, the two will finish out the 2011 season in the majors. Moustakas, 22, was ranked as the ninth-best prospect this winter by Baseball America. Rizzo, 21, was ranked 75th.

Mitch Haniger leaves game with oblique injury

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Mariners outfielder Mitch Haniger left Tuesday night’s game against the Tigers with a strained oblique, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Haniger suffered the injury running after hitting a single in the third inning. He was 2-for-2 when he exited the game.

Haniger will almost certainly be placed on the 10-day disabled list as a result of the injury. It’s a big loss for the Mariners, as he entered the night batting .321/.430/.590 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 93 plate appearances.

Danny Valencia, who pinch-ran for Haniger and stayed in the game to play right field, is likely to take Haniger’s spot in the lineup and in the outfield during his absence.

Jose Altuve, Teoscar Hernandez leave game after collision

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Astros second baseman Jose Altuve and outfielder Teoscar Hernandez collided attempting to catch a shallow fly ball hit by Indians catcher Yan Gomes in the bottom of the eighth inning during Tuesday night’s game.

Hernandez, who was called up earlier on Tuesday, had just come into the game as a defensive replacement for Carlos Beltran. George Springer entered the game in right field in Hernandez’s place after Hernandez was carted off the field. Altuve was replaced at second base by Marwin Gonzalez.

The Astros should have updates on the conditions of both players after the game. Losing Altuve would be a big deal for the first-place Astros, as he entered the game batting .324/.393/.459 with seven stolen bases.