The Blue Jays turned their first triple play in 33 years last night as part of a 4-3 win over the Royals.
The Royals got their first two runners on in the of the third inning against Blue Jays right-hander Kyle Drabek when Eric Hosmer ripped a hard-hit liner to Adam Lind. Lind snagged it, quickly stepped on first base to double up Yuniesky Betancourt and then threw to Yunel Escobar, who stepped on second base before Alex Gordon could make it back. Watch the play here.
It was the fourth triple play in franchise history for the Blue Jays and the first since September 21, 1979 against the Yankees. Interestingly enough, it was also the first time the Royals had hit into a triple play since June 19, 1979.
Anyway, it’s clear the Royals just can’t catch a break right now. They have now dropped eight games in a row, their longest such streak since they lost 10 straight from July 10-24, 2010.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.