Author: Bill Baer

Mike Moustakas
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Mike Moustakas knocks in nine runs against the Orioles


Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas enjoyed a nine-RBI day against the Orioles on Saturday in a 14-6 victory. He tied the game at 4-4 in the sixth inning with a two-run single, pushed the Royals’ lead to 11-4 with a grand slam in the seventh, and tacked on a three-run homer in the ninth.

It’s the second nine-RBI game of the season. Blue Jays 1B/DH Edwin Encarnacion accomplished the feat on August 29 with a three-homer performance against the Tigers. Indians 3B/OF Lonnie Chisenhall knocked in nine in a game last year. Prior to that, it hadn’t been done since 2008.

The performance blows away the previous career-high for Moustakas, which was a five-RBI night against the Blue Jays in July 2012. Moustakas now has 18 home runs and 71 RBI on the year along with a .284/.348/.460 triple-slash line.

Troy Tulowitzki has a small crack in his left shoulder blade

Troy Tulowitzki
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Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki underwent an MRI after getting hurt in a collision during Saturday afternoon’s game against the Yankees, the first game of a double-header. X-rays had come back negative but an MRI revealed a crack in his shoulder blade, Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi reports.’s Gregor Chisholm adds that Tulowitzki also has bruising in his upper back muscles.

The Blue Jays will monitor Tulowitzki over the next week to determine the timeline for his injury recovery.

The Jays acquired Tulowitzki along with reliever LaTroy Hawkins on July 28 from the Rockies in exchange for shortstop Jose Reyes, reliever Miguel Castro, and two minor leaguers. Since joining the Jays, Tulowitzki is hitting .232/.314/.368 with five home runs and 17 RBI in 174 plate appearances.

Video: David Ortiz hits his 500th career home run

David Ortiz, J.P. Arencibia, Adam Hamari
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Red Sox DH David Ortiz joined the 500 home run club on Saturday night in Tampa against the Rays. He entered the night sitting on 498. In the first inning, he slugged a three-run home run off of lefty starter Matt Moore, then followed up in the fifth inning with a solo blast off of Moore.

No. 500 was a no-doubter. Ortiz sat on a low-and-inside breaking ball and ripped it many rows back in right-center field at Tropicana Field. He slowly trotted around the bases as if to savor the moment, then was greeted in front of the visitors’ dugout by his teammates. The relievers and catchers in the bullpen trotted down to add to the crowd.

The next milestone for Ortiz is 505, which would put him ahead of Eddie Murray for sole possession of 26th on baseball’s all-time home run list.

David Ortiz joins the 500 home run club

David Ortiz
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Red Sox DH David Ortiz joined the 500 home run club on Saturday night with a two-homer performance against the Rays, belting No. 499 in the first inning against Matt Moore and No. 500 in the fifth inning. The first one was a three-run blast, staking the Red Sox to an early 3-0 lead. They’d tack on two more in each of the third and fourth innings, and Ortiz added the solo shot to lead off the fifth inning to make it an 8-0 game.

Ortiz now has 34 home runs on the season along with 94 RBI and a .271/.358/.542 triple-slash line. One more home runs would match last year’s total (35), and two (36) would mark his highest total since 2006, when he hit 54.

Ortiz is the 27th member of the 500 home run club. Eddie Murray is 26th with 504 in his career.

Here’s video of No. 499. We’ll provide video of No. 500 once it becomes available.