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Yankees reliever pitches, plays first base, pitches again


As I mentioned in the recaps, Yankees reliever Bryan Mitchell pitched a scoreless ninth inning in yesterday’s loss to the Orioles. Then he moved to first base for the tenth inning, making way for Aroldis Chapman, only to came back to pitch the 11th.

His time in the field was mixed, allowing one foul popup to drop but catching another. His 11th inning was rather forgettable too: he gave up run-scoring singles to Mark Trumbo and Welington Castillo, snagging the loss.

It was unusual to be sure, necessitated by a spent bullpen due to heavy use on Friday and Saturday. But given how well the Yankees are doing lately, they could afford a weird day. And it was fun for us too. Watch:


Wilson Ramos suffers head injury on Ruben Tejada’s backswing

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Rays catcher Wilson Ramos had to exit Monday night’s game against the Orioles in the fifth inning after suffering a head injury. Ruben Tejada broke his bat on a ground out and the barrel hit Ramos in his helmet. Rich Dubroff reports that Ramos needed six staples to close a laceration on his head.

Ramos will continue to be evaluated under MLB’s concussion protocol. He may wind up on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Ramos, 29, entered Monday’s action batting .222/.259/.426 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 59 plate appearances. He was 0-for-2 before being replaced by Jesus Sucre.

Video: Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop turn a sweet 5-4-3 double play

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Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop teamed up to turn an impressive 5-4-3 double play in the bottom of the first inning of Monday night’s game against the Rays.

Steven Souza, Jr. led off the frame with a single. Corey Dickerson struck out, bringing Evan Longoria to the dish. Longoria sharply grounded a 1-2 fastball from Kevin Gausman to Machado, who showcased his strong arm with a perfect feed to Schoop at the second base bag despite his momentum taking him towards into territory. Schoop made an off-balance throw to first to complete the twin-killing.

The Orioles took the lead in the top of the third when Adam Jones hit a solo home run off of Ian Snell.