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.