Twins rookie slugger Miguel Sano hit another mammoth blast tonight against the Rays. The only problem is that the catwalk at Tropicana Field got in the way.
With a runner on and two outs against Drew Smyly in the top of the third inning, Sano hit a towering fly ball to left-center field which appeared destined to land for a two-run home run. However, the ball bounced off the B-ring catwalk and landed behind second base in shallow center field. Per the ground rules, Sano was awarded a double. That’s no fun at all.
You can watch the play here. Per MLB Gameday, the ball left Sano’s bat at 111 mph and was estimated to travel 409 feet. That feels little a little low.
Orioles outfielder Adam Jones made an early exit from today’s game against the Royals as a result of colliding into the center field fence in the first inning. He stayed in the game initially before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the top of the third inning. You can watch the play here.
Brittany Ghiroli of MLB.com reports that Jones underwent X-rays on both of his wrists, which came back negative. He’s also dealing with some neck stiffness. The plan calls for him to be examined by a doctor Friday, but he’s hoping to be back in the lineup for the first game of a crucial series against the Rangers.
“That’s one of [the hardest hits I’ve taken],” said Jones, who was trying to make a play for Ben Zobrist’s first-inning double. “I don’t come out of the game much, especially once the game starts. I just wasn’t me. And hopefully I feel a lot better tomorrow.”
The Orioles lost 5-3 this afternoon and have dropped seven out of eight to fall to 63-64 on the year. They are 2 1/2 games back for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.
Jones, 30, is batting .280/.319/.497 with 24 home runs and 66 RBI over 116 games this season.
After being designated for assignment by the Mariners over the weekend, Fernando Rodney was acquired by the Cubs today for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
According to Patrick Mooney of CSNChicago.com, Rodney is expected to be in the Cubs’ bullpen for the series opener against the Dodgers tomorrow night in Los Angeles.
Rodney previously pitched for Joe Maddon with the Rays in 2012 and 2013. The 38-year-old lost his closer job with Seattle this season, posting a 5.68 ERA and 43/25 K/BB ratio in 50 2/3 innings while blowing six out of his 22 save opportunities. He’s unlikely to be trusted in high-leverage late-inning situations down the stretch, but the Cubs want to see if there’s still anything left in the tank.