It’s no secret that Aaron Judge knows how to crush a home run. These days, he not only leads the league with 18 homers, but has been putting on a clinic during every batting practice session, too. Take this 510-foot blast from Thursday’s BP, for instance, or the opposite-field shot that landed in the second deck of Rogers Centre on Friday.
Prior to Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays, Judge did it again. He hammered not one, but two home runs off of the Rogers Centre hotel during batting practice, in what appears to be an unprecedented event for any visiting slugger.
One thing’s for sure: This guy is going to be fun to watch when the Home Run Derby comes around.
Giants starter Jeff Samardzija will undergo an MRI on his ailing right shoulder, according to NBC Sports Bay Area. The right-hander struggled in a minor league game on Wednesday, surrendering a pair of home runs and hitting a batter. Overall this spring, Samardzija has given up 15 runs (13 earned) on 17 hits (six homers) and seven walks with seven strikeouts in 11 innings.
This may mean Samardzija won’t be ready for the start of the regular season. Derek Holland would likely replace Samardzija in the rotation. Holland had been competing for the No. 5 spot in the Giants’ rotation.
Samardzija led the National League in losses last season with 15, also posting a 4.42 ERA with a 205/32 K/BB ratio in a league-high 207 2/3 innings. Since becoming a starter, Samardzija has been able to avoid injury, making 32 or 33 starts in each of the last five seasons.