It’s true: Yankees third baseman Chase Headley went 28 games and 102 plate appearances before registering his first extra-base hit of the 2016 season. Headley drilled a two-run home run to left field off of Ian Kennedy, boosting the Yankees’ lead to 3-0 over the Royals in the second inning on Thursday evening.
Headley’s last extra-base hit was a double in his only plate appearance on September 27 last season against the White Sox. He had gone 124 plate appearances between extra-base hits.
Headley entered the game batting a meager .178/.265/.178 with four RBI and five runs scored. The 13-19 Yankees could certainly use Headley getting back on track.
The Royals announced on Thursday the club has placed pitchers Chris Young and Kris Medlen on the disabled list. Pitchers Scott Alexander and Peter Moylan have been promoted from Triple-A Omaha to fill the roster space.
Young, 37, has a strained muscle in his right forearm. The veteran has had a rough start to the year, owning a 6.68 ERA over seven starts. In his most recent start on Monday against the Yankees, he gave up five solo home runs and lasted only 2 2/3 innings.
Medlen, 30, has inflammation in his right rotator cuff. He lasted only two innings in his most recent start on Tuesday against the Yankees and now stands with a 7.77 ERA in six starts.
It’s been a rough year so far for the defending world champs. The Royals are 16-17, six games back in third place in the AL Central.
Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe reports that the Rangers have traded pitcher Anthony Ranaudo to the White Sox in exchange for minor league pitcher Matt Ball. Ranaudo will report to Triple-A Charlotte.
Ranaudo, 26, has made only two appearances at the major league level for the Rangers this year. In 3 2/3 innings, he yielded seven runs on two hits and eight walks with two strikeouts. Ranaudo has had more success at Triple-A Round Rock, putting up a 2.02 ERA with an 18/4 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings.
Ball, 21, is at A-ball for the first time in his career. With Single-A Kannapolis, Ball has a 4.50 ERA with a 24/5 K/BB ratio in 16 innings spanning 10 relief appearances.
Padres catcher Christian Bethancourt provided the only run for either side in game two of Wednesday’s doubleheader at Wrigley Field against the Cubs. In the top of the fifth inning, Bethancourt absolutely demolished a 1-0 breaking ball from John Lackey, completely clearing the stands in left field.
Here’s the dinger, the deciding factor in the Padres’ 1-0 victory:
It’s tough to see any offense in that video, but Lackey is apparently upset with the way Bethancourt celebrated his home run. Per ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Lackey sarcastically asked after the game, “How many home runs does he have?”
When noted that it was the first ever match-up between Lackey and the 24-year-old Bethancourt, the veteran pitcher responded, “Oh, I know. He’ll learn.”
If Lackey, 37, is not a fan of expressing emotion during baseball games, he should remember it was his angry outburst that led to him becoming one of the Internet’s most popular .gifs. But this is nothing new for him. As a Cardinal, Lackey was mad at former Cub Starlin Castro two years ago because he yelled at himself in Spanish after popping up. In 2013 with the Red Sox, Lackey intentionally hit then-Ray Matt Joyce with a pitch after Joyce had homered and very nearly hit another one.
The issue, really, is that Lackey seems to struggle dealing with adversity and lashes out in anger. That can’t be healthy.
Match-ups first for this Thursday evening…
Detroit Tigers (Mike Pelfrey) @ Baltimore Orioles (Ubaldo Jimenez), 7:05 PM EDT
Kansas City Royals (Ian Kennedy) @ New York Yankees (Nathan Eovaldi), 7:05 PM EDT
Houston Astros (Dallas Keuchel) @ Boston Red Sox (David Price), 7:10 PM EDT
Philadelphia Phillies (Vincent Velasquez) @ Atlanta Braves (Aaron Blair), 7:10 PM EDT
San Diego Padres (James Shields) @ Milwaukee Brewers (Jimmy Nelson), 8:10 PM EDT
San Francisco Giants (Johnny Cueto) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Zack Greinke), 9:40 PM EDT
St. Louis Cardinals (Adam Wainwright) @ Los Angeles Angels (Jered Weaver), 10:05 PM EDT
New York Mets (Bartolo Colon) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw), 10:10 PM EDT
Only eight games tonight, but there are tons of interesting pitching match-ups here. Like dueling aces? Astros/Red Sox and Giants/Diamondbacks are for you. Wanna see pitchers past their prime try to keep it together? Cardinals/Angels. Bartolo? Mets/Dodgers. Young pitchers with promise? Phillies/Braves. Don’t know what to expect? Royals/Yankees.
Enjoy the weekend.