Red Sox slugger David Ortiz collected the 500th home run of his illustrious 19-year major league career on Saturday at Tropicana Field, hitting a solo shot to right-center field off Rays starter Matt Moore in the top of the fifth inning in what became a 10-4 win for Boston.
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This is what the Boston Globe and Boston Herald looked like Sunday morning …
From beat writer Shi Davidi of Sportsnet comes word that the Blue Jays have acquired middle infielder Darwin Barney from the Dodgers for a player to be named later or cash considerations. Barney will join up with the American League East-leading Blue Jays on Sunday after spending most of the 2015 season at Triple-A Oklahoma City. Nice little upgrade for him.
Barney is a .245/.293/.336 career hitter in over 2,000 major league plate appearances, but the 29-year-old plays very good defense at second base and shortstop. He’ll provide depth while star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki recovers from a cracked shoulder blade.
Barney is not eligible for the postseason because this trade came after August 31.
Toronto is hoping to get Tulo back right around the beginning of October anyway.
Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before Saturday’s game in Arizona that Jimmy Rollins would reclaim starting shortstop duties from rookie Corey Seager when the veteran is able to return from his injured right index finger. But, uh, that might need some more evaluation.
Seager was tremendous in the Dodgers’ 9-5 win over the Diamondbacks on Saturday night at Chase Field, going 4-for-4 with a walk, a double, a homer, a stolen base, and three runs scored. Here’s a glimpse of what the 21-year-old top prospect is capable of …
Seager is now batting .467/.568/.733 over his first nine major league games.
Rollins, meanwhile, is slashing .220/.279/.355 in 132 games this year at age 36.