Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw and Angels outfielder Mike Trout are already making a lot of history individually, but today they did so together.
With the Angels and Dodgers squaring off in an interleague series this weekend, Kershaw is pitching against Trout this afternoon. This marks the first time in MLB history that reigning MVPs have faced off against each other. It promises to be a fun afternoon.
Kershaw has the upper hand so far. The southpaw struck out Trout looking with a nasty curveball in the first inning.
Something very strange happened this afternoon, as Royals reliever Wade Davis gave up a solo home run to Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Context is obviously needed here and you’ll get it. Davis hadn’t allowed a home run since nearly two years ago on August 24, 2013. Appropriately enough, that was the last time he started a game. He came into Saturday’s outing having gone 125 2/3 innings over 123 relief appearances without giving up a home run.
Davis actually made a pretty nasty pitch, but Bautista managed to turn around on it for his second home run of the game. Watch below:
Bautista’s blast brought the Blue Jays within one run. They attempted to stage a rally against Royals closer Greg Holland in the bottom of the ninth, but ultimately fell short.
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, right-hander Esmil Rogers has signed with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization for $1 million.
Rogers made 18 relief appearances with the Yankees earlier this season and posted a 6.27 ERA and 31/14 K/BB ratio over 33 innings. The 29-year-old was outrighted off the 40-man roster a month ago and was given his formal release by the Yankees on Friday.
Rogers has compiled a 5.59 ERA over parts of seven seasons in the majors.
The Blue Jays acquired Ben Revere from the Phillies on Friday in exchange for right-handers Alberto Tirado and Jimmy Cordero. The speedy outfielder has made a good first impression in his debut with his new club this afternoon against the Royals:
Revere was batting .298/.334/.374 with 24 steals over 96 games this season prior to Friday’s trade. He’s expected to function as Toronto’s regular left fielder down the stretch.
Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was ejected from Friday’s game against the Mets in the top of the 11th inning after arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Jerry Meals. You can watch here to see how events unfolded.
Harper was angry about the strike zone all night and had a legitimate gripe in this case, as the called third strike was outside (hat-tip Mark Zuckerman of CSNMA.com). However, he let his frustration get the best of him in the situation and got right in Meals’ face. Meals gave him the opportunity to walk away, but he eventually had no choice but to eject him from the ballgame.
Harper’s ejection put the Nationals in a bit of a bind, as they ended up having to use Dan Uggla at first base for the first time in his career and Ryan Zimmerman in left field. It didn’t have an impact on the finish, as the Mets won 2-1 in the bottom of the 12th on a walk-off homer from Wilmer Flores, but Nationals manager Matt Williams told James Wagner of the Washington Post that Harper’s actions were unacceptable given the circumstances.
“He needs to stay in the baseball game,” said Williams after the game, visibly frustrated, perhaps by the 2-1 walk-off loss, Harper’s ejection or that two relievers were unavailable. “He needs to stay in the baseball game.”
Harper said after the game that he was ” sticking up for my team and myself,” but he does a lot more good for his team when he’s on the field as opposed to sitting in the clubhouse. Williams said he plans to remind him to keep his cool, which is important with the Nationals playing some crucial games down the stretch.