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Video: Joey Gallo goes way deep in second MLB at-bat


Rangers prospect Joey Gallo punched a two-run single past White Sox first baseman Adam LaRoche in his first career major league plate appearance. An argument could be made that it should have been ruled an error. There will be no such argument from the result of his second major league plate appearance

The official distance on that two-run bomb was 418 feet. Gallo registered a pair of 40-homer seasons in the minor leagues and is now having an immediate impact as Adrian Beltre’s temporary fill-in at third base.

Video: Joey Gallo’s first career plate appearance in the major leagues results in two runs scoring

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Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo is making his major league debut on Tuesday evening at Globe Life Park and he smacked a two-run single in his first major league plate appearance

That probably could have been scored an error, but he did hit it very hard. Gallo was batting .314/.425/.636 with nine home runs and 31 RBI in 34 games this season at Double-A Frisco when the Rangers decided to promote him to cover for Adrian Beltre’s thumb injury. Gallo had 42 home runs last year in the minors.

Video: Billy Hamilton makes diving catch on wet grass

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Check out this first-inning diving catch Tuesday from Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton …

It looked like he might keep sliding there, right on into the infield dirt. Hamilton entered play Tuesday night with a weak .223 batting average and .262 on-base percentage, but his defense has remained excellent.

Padres activate Yonder Alonso from the disabled list

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As expected, the Padres have activated Yonder Alonso from the disabled list following a four-week absence due to a bone bruise in his right shoulder.

Alonso is starting at first base and batting fifth for the Friars on Tuesday night against the visiting Mets.

It will be his first major league game since May 7.

The 28-year-old was off to a very promising start before the injury, slashing .333/.427/.437 with one home run, 10 RBI, and 11 runs scored in 26 games. Yangervis Solarte served as San Diego’s primary first baseman while Alonso was on the shelf. Solarte is out of the starting lineup Tuesday.

Scott Kazmir cleared to return to A’s rotation Friday

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Athletics left-hander Scott Kazmir had to make an early exit from a start last Wednesday against the Tigers after experiencing tightness in his throwing shoulder, but he made it through a 30-pitch bullpen session Sunday without issue and said he felt “great” after a followup throwing session Tuesday.’s Jane Lee reports that Kazmir has been cleared to return to the A’s starting rotation this Friday night for the opening of a three-game weekend series at Fenway Park. There will be no pitch count, though the A’s trainers are sure to watch him closely considering his littered history of arm injuries and the value he gives Oakland as a (healthy) trade chip.

Kazmir, 31, has a 2.93 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, and 57/25 K/BB ratio through 58 1/3 innings this season for the last-place A’s, who entered play Tuesday with a disappointing 20-33 record. Kazmir is in the final year of a two-year, $22 million contract.