The Yankees and Twins are still playing at Yankee Stadium, but it’s been the Greg Bird show already.
Bird, the Yankees’ 22-year-old first baseman, hit his first career homer in the fourth inning. It was a two-run shot, knocking in Carlos Beltran, to give the Yankees a 2-0 lead. Then, in the sixth, after the Yankees fell behind 3-2, Bird homered in Beltran once again. Here’s a link to the first one. Here’s the second one:
Bird has played in five games in the majors and is 6-for-17 with three extra base hits. But even with such a short resume, the Bird is the word among Yankees fans already.
Oh, and then there’s this:
What’s NOT to love?
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.