I’m watching the Rays-Blue Jays game and just saw Jose Molina drive a ball over B.J. Upton’s head in center field for his first triple since May 9, 2004.
Molina, who was literally still panting heavily and wiping sweat from his face when he took the field defensively for the next half-inning, went 1,582 plate appearances between triples.
During his triple-less streak Jose Reyes hit 95 triples and Carl Crawford hit 90 triples. In total, 235 different players had at least 10 triples in between Molina three-baggers.
And now the Molina family triples leaderboard looks like this:
Bengie: 6 triples, 5,159 plate appearances
Yadier: 3 triples, 3,338 plate appearances
Jose: 3 triples, 1,903 plate appearances
Together the family of speedsters have 12 triples in 10,400 career plate appearances. Reyes has 16 triples in 452 plate appearances this season.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.