Tigers slugger J.D. Martinez hopped all over this Taijuan Walker fastball on Tuesday night …
You don’t see many balls make it over the dead-center field fence at Comerica Park, and Martinez cleared the dang camera well. That’s his 14th home run in his last 24 games. He has 27 home runs on the season.
Via Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News …
The Mets have gotten as far as discussing pieces with the A’s for a possible deal for Ben Zobrist, a source told the News Tuesday afternoon.
The A’s have identified the prospects they would need to send the veteran utility man to New York, but nothing is imminent, the source said.
Zobrist is also reportedly drawing interest from the Yankees, Giants, and Nationals, but the Mets are said to be willing to overpay to get him from the A’s because how desperate they are for an upgrade on offense. Zobrist is capable of playing just about anywhere on the diamond defensively, which makes him a fit for any and every contending team.
The versatile 34-year-old has a .768 OPS (114 OPS+) in 61 games this season for the A’s, who stand just 43-51 and should be one of the more active sellers ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. Scott Kazmir, Josh Reddick, and Eric O’Flaherty are some of the other Oakland players who could be on the move.
This tweet comes from Alden Gonzalez, the Angels beat reporter at MLB.com …
Albert Pujols was initially going to get a night off Tuesday against the visiting Twins, but the Angels didn’t want to play a game against a contending team with a combined 57 home runs sitting on the bench.
Trout, 23, is batting .307/.400/.614 with 28 homers and 57 RBI in 92 games this season for the Halos, who have won five straight games and 15 of their last 18. Trout is second in fWAR behind only Bryce Harper.
Daniel Robertson will start in center field and bat ninth on Tuesday night vs. Minnesota’s Kyle Gibson.
Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright has been on the disabled list since rupturing his left Achilles tendon during a start April 25 at Milwaukee’s Miller Park.
He hasn’t ruled out returning this season, but it’s a pretty safe bet that he won’t considering most Achilles tears take over 10 months to fully heal.
The 33-year-old right-hander might not pitch in another game for the Cardinals until next April, but he is apparently staying active on the amateur softball diamonds in St. Louis. This story (and a great accompanying picture) comes from the game’s umpire, Greg Lazerwitz …
Wainwright verified the story on his personal Twitter account Tuesday. Watch for the curve, ladies.
Justin Upton had to be removed from Sunday’s eventual rainout against the Rockies with discomfort in his left oblique, and sitting out Monday’s series opener against the Giants apparently did solve the issue. Upton is out of the Padres’ starting lineup Tuesday for a second straight game. Will Venable will start in left field and bat seventh versus San Francisco right-hander Chris Heston.
Upton’s oblique has been a lingering problem for much of July. It comes with unfortunate timing for the Friars, who appear likely to shop the impending free agent ahead of the July 31 trade deadline.
Upton has 15 home runs and 49 RBI in 89 games this season for the 44-49 Padres.