Shortstop Trevor Story is making the Rockies quickly forget about Troy Tulowitzki and Jose Reyes. The 23-year-old homered again on Sunday, hitting the first of back-to-back solo shots with Carlos Gonzalez, giving him seven round-trippers in his first six games. He didn’t homer on Saturday but has homered in five of six games to begin his career.
Story now has the major league record for home runs hit within his team’s first six games of the season. Larry Walker, Mike Schmidt, and Willie Mays previously held the record with six, as Baseball Tonight points out on Twitter.
Three players are tied for the second-most homers in baseball with four: Josh Donaldson, Eugenio Suarez, and Robinson Cano. He has more home runs, as of this writing, than 18 major league teams.
MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports that the Dodgers have acquired utilityman Zach Walters and outfielder James Ramsey from the Indians in exchange for cash considerations.
Walters, 26, has now been traded three times in his brief career. The Diamondbacks sent him to the Nationals at the trade deadline in 2011 for Jason Marquis. Three years later, at the deadline, the Nationals traded him to the Indians for Asdrubal Cabrera. In 176 big league plate appearances, Walters has hit .182/.233/.394 with 10 home runs and 21 RBI.
Ramsey, 26, repeated at Triple-A Columbus last year and hit .243/.327/.382 with 12 home runs and 42 RBI in 503 plate appearances. The Indians designated him for assignment last Monday.
Cubs starter Jake Arrieta hit a pair of homers last season, removing any doubt that he can rake after starting the first four seasons of his major league career in the American League. Arrieta showed off his hitting prowess again on Sunday, blasting a 442-foot two-run home run to left-center at Chase Field off of Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller.
The measurement on the home run comes from ESPN Stats & Info.
Arrieta entered Sunday’s start — his second of the 2016 season — having pitched 29 consecutive scoreless innings. He last allowed a run in the eighth inning on September 16 against the Pirates last season. Paul Goldschmidt, however, ended the streak with a solo home run off of Arrieta with no outs in the fourth inning.
Homering off of Clayton Kershaw is hard enough. Doing it multiple times in a career is something else. On Saturday, Giants starter Madison Bumgarner became the 15th player to have hit multiple home runs off of Kershaw, a three-time Cy Young Award winner. Bumgarner cranked a no-doubter to left field in the second inning during Saturday’s game, breaking a scoreless tie.
The other players with two or more homers against Kershaw: Adam Dunn (4); Troy Tulowitzki and Chris Denorfia (3); Alfonso Soriano, Ryan Spilborghs, Paul Goldschmidt, Buster Posey, Brad Hawpe, Jay Bruce, Carlos Gonzalez, Clint Barmes, Vernon Wells, Jayson Werth, and Joey Votto (2).
Bumgarner now has 12 career home runs. He hit five last season and four in 2014.
On the mound, Bumgarner got a no decision, giving up one run on six hits and a walk with eight strikeouts over six innings. The Dodgers pulled out a 10-inning 3-2 victory.
Update: Mazara homered to center field in his third at-bat. Have yourself a day, kid.
Rangers outfielder Shin-Soo Choo landed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday due to a strained right calf. That opened the door for prospect Nomar Mazara. The Rangers called him up from Triple-A Round Rock and put him in Sunday’s starting lineup against the Angels.
Facing Angels starter Jered Weaver in the first inning with one out, Mazara hooked an outside off-speed pitch into right-center for a single. Mazara would single again in the third inning. Not a bad way to begin a big league career.
Mazara, 20, was rated the Rangers’ third-best prospect according to MLB Pipeline. Last year, between Double-A Frisco and Triple-A Round Rock, Mazara hit a composite .296/.366/.443 with 14 home runs, 69 RBI, and 68 runs scored in 558 plate appearances.