Alex Rodriguez reached 660 career home runs last night with a pinch-hit blast against the Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, tying Hall of Famer Willie Mays for fourth place on MLB’s all-time list. The Giants released a statement from Mays to congratulate him for the accomplishment:
“Congratulations to Alex Rodriguez on his 660th home run. Milestones in baseball are meant to be broken and I wish him continued success throughout his career.”
You wouldn’t expect anything different from Mays, but this won’t do anything to sway the opinions of those who made their minds up about Rodriguez a long time ago. Anyway, it’s interesting to see the home run referred to as a milestone. Are you listening, Yankees?
Another day, another tape-measure blast from Mariners slugger Nelson Cruz. Check out this home run against the Astros last night. It traveled 469 feet and actually hit the train at the Minute Maid Park.
It’s like he’s playing baseball inside a pinball machine right now. Cruz leads the majors with 11 home runs, 23 RBI, and a 1.125 OPS. So much for those who were expecting his numbers to taper off with the move to Seattle.
No Adam Wainwright? No problem. At least for now, anyway. The Cardinals won their fourth straight game last night with a 2-1 victory over the division rival Pirates in 10 innings.
The game went into extras after Mark Reynolds tied the game with an infield single in the seventh. The game-winner was set up after Jon Jay singled and Matt Carpenter doubled against Rob Scahill with two outs in the tenth. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle elected to intentionally walk Matt Holliday to load the bases, but Matt Adams made him pay with an opposite-field single to end it.
A.J. Burnett tossed six scoreless innings in the loss and drove in the only run of the game for the Pirates with an RBI single. He also passed Sandy Koufax on the all-time strikeout list. He’s now at 2,397 for his career, tying him with Kevin Brown for 41st.
The Cardinals currently own the best record in the majors at 16-6. Only the Royals (+48) have a higher run differential than St. Louis (+38).
Your Friday box scores:
Pirates 1, Cardinals 2 (10 innings)
Brewers 0, Cubs 1
Rays 2, Orioles 0
Nationals 0, Mets 4
Blue Jays 4, Indians 9
Phillies 3, Marlins 4
Athletics 7, Rangers 5
Reds 3, Braves 4
Tigers 1, Royals 4
White Sox 0, Twins 1
Diamondbacks 0, Dodgers 8
Mariners 3, Astros 4
Rockies 3, Padres 14
Angels 2, Giants 3
After losing their third straight game and the fifth out of their last seven, the Mets announced late tonight that they have recalled prospect second baseman Dilson Herrera from Triple-A Las Vegas.
The Mets aren’t calling Herrera up to be a bench player, so the expectation is that he’ll play second base while Daniel Murphy will move over to third and play over Eric Campbell. This might only be temporary, as David Wright is working his way back from a hamstring strain and could be ready to return as soon as next weekend.
Herrera was off to a strong start in Triple-A this season, batting .375/.407/.513 over his first 19 games coming into Thursday’s action. The 21-year-old hit .220 (13-for-59) with three home runs and 11 RBI in 18 games during his first stint in the majors late last season.
The Braves announced a pair of roster moves this evening, with third baseman Chris Johnson going on the 15-day disabled list due to a left hand fracture and right-hander Mike Foltynewicz being called up from Triple-A Gwinnett.
Johnson told Mark Bowman of MLB.com that he suffered the injury tonight on a slide into second base on a stolen base attempt in the fourth inning. No word yet on how long he’ll be sidelined, but the Braves could rely on a combination of Alberto Callaspo, Phil Gosselin, and Kelly Johnson at third base during his absence. Johnson, 30, is batting .279 (12-for-43) with four doubles and five RBI over 16 games this season.
The Braves have demoted Trevor Cahill to the bullpen after three bad starts, so Foltynewicz will take his place in the starting rotation tomorrow night against the Reds. Acquired from the Astros in the Evan Gattis deal over the winter, the 23-year-old had a 2.03 ERA with 30 strikeouts and 10 walks in 21 2/3 innings over his first four starts in Triple-A this season. He’s a hard-thrower with frontline potential if he can improve his control.