Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez became the 140th member of the 300 home run club with a solo home run off of Red Sox reliever Junichi Tazawa in the seventh inning on Sunday. It padded the Dodgers’ lead to 7-5 at the time and they would go on to win 8-5.
Gonzalez is 11th among active players in home runs, one behind Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista. Bautista joined the 300 home run club last week at Minute Maid Park against the Astros. Teammate Edwin Encarnacion, with 298, will almost certainly become the next member of the club.
This season, his 13th in the big leagues, the 34-year-old Gonzalez is batting .291/.366/.418 with 10 home runs and 53 RBI in 440 plate appearances.
Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke will be activated from the disabled list to start on Tuesday in New York against the Mets, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports. The Diamondbacks optioned Evan Marshall to Triple-A Reno to create roster space, and Zack Godley will move to the bullpen.
Greinke, 32, has been sidelined since late June with a strained left oblique. He made two rehab starts, one in the Rookie League Diamondbacks and one with Reno. He’ll resume with a 10-3 record, a 3.62 ERA, and a 91/21 K/BB ratio in 109 1/3 innings.
It hasn’t been the year the D-Backs envisioned when they inked Greinke to a six-year, $206.5 million contract this past December.
Mariners starter James Paxton was on his way to a complete game win over the Angels, but he took a sharp Andrelton Simmons line drive off of his left elbow with one out in the ninth inning, forcing him out of the game. Fortunately, X-rays came up negative, the Mariners announced after the game. He’s day-to-day with a left elbow contusion and will be reevaluated on Monday.
Paxton still got the win, tossing 8 1/3 innings, yielding only one unearned run on five hits and a walk with six strikeouts. Across 13 starts, the lefty has a 3.53 ERA with a 73/18 K/BB ratio in 81 2/3 innings.
Paxton is scheduled to start against the Athletics next weekend. The Mariners should have a better idea if he’ll be healthy enough to go once he’s reevaluated.