Looking for some organizational depth amid the injuries to Edwin Encarnacion and Adam Lind, the Blue Jays have acquired Brett Wallace from the Orioles for cash considerations. The former top prospect has been assigned to Triple-A Buffalo.
This will actually be Wallace’s second stint with the Blue Jays. The first time was when he was still a highly-regarded prospect, as he was acquired from the Athletics in December of 2009 for Michael Taylor before being moved to the Astros for Anthony Gose in July of 2010. Things have never panned out for Wallace in the majors, with a lousy .242/.313/.391 batting line over 1,077 plate appearances.
Wallace was released by the Astros at the end of spring training before latching on with the Orioles. Now 27 years old, he was batting .265/.329/.389 with 10 home runs and 35 RBI over 90 games this season with Baltimore’s Triple-A affiliate.
As expected, Major League Baseball’s league-wide home run record, set in 2000, was tied and surpassed on Tuesday night, both by players named Alex who play for AL Central teams.
Tigers outfielder Alex Presley tied the record at 5,693, per MLB.com’s David Adler, with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning against Athletics starter Daniel Gossett. Royals outfielder Alex Gordon broke the record roughly 12 minutes later with a solo home run to lead off the top of the eighth inning against Blue Jays reliever Ryan Tepera.
Major League Baseball saw the record nearly broken last year, when 5,610 home runs were hit. The only other season above 5,500 was 1999 at 5,528.
Earlier this month, Yankees starter CC Sabathia jawed at the Red Sox after Eduardo Nunez laid down a bunt. Sabathia fielded it fine, but threw the ball away for an error. After the game, he called Nunez’s bunt “weak” and said the Red Sox should “swing the bat.” Sabathia, of course, is not that limber these days. Along with being 37 years old, the lefty has also battled knee and hamstring issues this season.
The Twins apparently didn’t hear what Sabathia had to say about bunting. After Brian Dozier singled off of Sabathia to lead off the top of the first inning on Tuesday, Joe Mauer laid down a bunt on the third base side and reached safely. Jorge Polanco then laid down a bunt of his own, also on the third base side, and was initially ruled out, but after replay review was ruled safe to load the bases with no outs.
Fortunately for Sabathia, he was able to limit the damage, getting Eduardo Escobar to ground into a run-scoring 6-4-3 double play and inducing an inning-ending ground out from Byron Buxton. It’ll be interesting, though, to see if the Twins continue to bunt against Sabathia throughout the night.