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Luke Maile, Marcus Stroman become first AL battery to hit back-to-back homers since 1970


I mentioned this in today’s And That Happened — Blue Jays catcher Luke Maile and pitcher Marcus Stroman, on Thursday against the Braves, became the first American League battery to hit back-to-back home runs since 1970, according to Sportsnet. In that game on May 9, catcher Tom Egan and pitcher Andy Messersmith accomplished the feat in the second inning against the Yankees.

Stroman finished 1-for-3 on the evening. In his only other offensive appearance of the season, he hit a pinch-hit double and scored the tie-breaking run in the top of the 11th against the Cardinals on April 25.

Dbacks outfielder Steven Souza injured his right shoulder last night

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Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.

It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.

If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.

Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.

Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.