Getting a rare opportunity to bat under National League rules, Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson tried to use the element of surprise to stretch a single into a double this afternoon against the Diamondbacks. It didn’t go well.
Not so smart. That could have been a disaster for Wilson and the Angels. Fortunately, he’s fine. Wilson actually tossed eight innings of one-run ball and struck out a season-high nine batters as part of a 7-1 victory.
Here’s some reaction from after the game:
MLB announced this afternoon that Indians outfielder Michael Bourn was suspended one game and fined an undisclosed amount for making physical contact with home plate umpire Phil Cuzzi during Tuesday’s game.
Bourn was ejected Tuesday after confronting Cuzzi about balls and strikes. You can watch the incident here. You’ll notice that Indians manager Terry Francona wasn’t present to restrain Bourn. Well, there’s a good reason for that. He was using the bathroom:
No word on if he was using Instagram at the time.
Bourn has appealed his one-game suspension, so he remains in the lineup for tonight’s game against the Cubs.
Martin Prado hasn’t made much progress from his right shoulder sprain, so the Marlins decided to place him on the 15-day disabled list today.
Prado suffered the injury when he tumbled over first base during Sunday’s game against the Rockies. He received an injection to help speed up the healing process, but he’s apparently not 100 percent yet and the Marlins didn’t want to go short-handed any longer.
Prado, 31, is batting .272/.311/.370 with four home runs and 24 RBI over 63 games this season while serving as Miami’s starting third baseman. Derek Dietrich and Donovan Solano figure to fill in during his absence.
The Mets came from behind to beat the Blue Jays 4-3 in 11 innings tonight at Citi Field, snapping Toronto’s winning streak at 11 games.
The Blue Jays grabbed the early lead in this one when Jose Bautista connected for a long solo home run off Noah Syndergaard in the top of the first inning. The Mets didn’t get their first hit against Mark Buehrle until the fifth, but they grabbed the lead in the sixth on back-to-back RBI doubles from Juan Lagares and Ruben Tejada.
Asked to get a four-out save, Jeurys Familia struck out Josh Donaldson swinging to get out of jam in the top of the eighth inning, but he gave up a leadoff solo home run to Bautista in the ninth to tie things up. The Blue Jays took the lead on a sacrifice fly from Dioner Navarro in the top of the 11th, but the Mets got a rally going in the bottom of the inning after Ruben Tejada drew a one-out walk against Brett Cecil. Michael Cuddyer followed with a ground ball to second base, but Tejada evaded the tag long enough for him to reach first base. Lucas Duda then tied things up with a bloop hit to left field before Blue Jays manager John Gibbons brought in Liam Hendriks to face Wilmer Flores. However, Flores hit a single up the middle to score Duda for the walk-off win for New York.
Here’s the video of the walk-off hit:
By the way, Syndergaard, who was traded from the Blue Jays to the Mets in the R.A. Dickey deal, struck out a career-high 11 batters over his six innings of work.
Tonight was the first loss for the Blue Jays since June 2. The Mets have secured comeback victories in back-to-back days and now sit at 35-30 on the season, 1 1/2 games ahead of the Nationals for first place in the National League East.
The Astros announced today that they agreed to terms with high school outfielder Kyle Tucker, who was selected No. 5 overall in last week’s First-Year Player Draft.
Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com reports that Tucker will receive a $4 million bonus. Baseball America notes that the pool value for the No. 5 pick is $4,188,700, so the Astros have some additional wiggle room for their other picks. The Astros have the largest bonus pool for their picks this year, but they’re going to need it to sign the likes of No. 2 overall pick Alex Bregman (compensation for failing to sign last year’s No. 1 pick Brady Aiken) and No. 37 overall pick Daz Cameron.
Tucker, 18, is the younger brother of current Astros outfielder Preston Tucker. Astros director of amateur scouting Mike Elias said they think Tucker is “one of the premier bats of this year’s draft class and has the ability to hit in the heart of our lineup in the future.”