Yankees DH Matt Holliday became the 142nd player in baseball history to hit at least 300 career home runs. No. 300 was struck in the first inning of Wednesday evening’s game against the Blue Jays. With two runners on base, Holliday struck a 2-2 Marcus Stroman fastball out to center field for a three-run homer, closing the Yankees’ deficit to 4-3.
As Katie Sharp of River Ave Blues notes, Holliday is one of three active players with at least 300 career homers and a .300 career batting average. The others are Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera.
Holliday entered Wednesday’s action batting .274/.400/.507 with four home runs and 15 RBI in 90 plate appearances.
The Reds announced earlier that they plan to extend the protective netting at Great American Ball Park in time for Opening Day next season. You can add the Padres and Mariners to what will surely be a growing list.
A young fan was struck in the face by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday, which gave new life to the netting debate. Some fans and media types think Major League Baseball is not doing enough to protect fans. While Major League Baseball has issued guidelines for protective netting, it is ultimately up to the teams to decide just how much netting to use.
Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season.
The Orioles are still technically in the AL Wild Card race, entering play Thursday 5.5 games behind the Twins for the second Wild Card slot. With only nine games remaining, however, the 73-80 Orioles are likely being realistic about their chances and not taking any unnecessary risks with Britton.
Britton, 29, put up a 2.89 ERA with 15 saves and a 29/18 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings this season. He will be eligible for arbitration for the fourth and final time this offseason.