It took 294 at-bats, but Yankees outfielder Ichiro Suzuki has at long last hit a home run. His last, prior to tonight, occurred on August 30 last season against the Orioles.
The Yankees were trailing the Blue Jays 4-3 in the bottom of the third, but were threatening, putting runners on first and second with one out against Mark Buehrle. Ichiro waited on a 1-1 curveball and slugged it just over the fence in right field for a three-run blast, putting the Yankees up 6-4.
The power has otherwise been few and far between for Ichiro this season, as he entered the night with a meager .278/.328/.314 slash line with 11 RBI and six stolen bases in 243 plate appearances.
The Reds picked up outfielders Mason Williams and Rosell Herrera on minor league deals, MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports. Both Williams and Herrera will receive invites to spring training and could compete for backup outfield roles behind Adam Duvall, Billy Hamilton and Scott Schebler.
Williams, 26, completed a three-year track with the Yankees in 2017. He has yet to see a full season of playing time, however, and went 4-for-17 with two stolen bases during a five-game span with the club in 2017. While not a power hitter, his speed and steady contact rate produced a .263/.309/.318 batting line over 437 plate appearances in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, including two home runs, three triples and 19 stolen bases.
Herrera, 25, has yet to make his big league debut. After seven years in the Rockies’ system, he finally reached Triple-A Albuquerque in 2017 and slashed .278/.351/.394 with three home runs and 20 stolen bases in 363 PA. He looks most comfortable in the left field corner, but has some experience at shortstop and third base and should give the Reds a nice utility option come spring.