Alex Rodriguez accomplished a couple of different feats when he slugged a solo shot off Orioles right-hander Kevin Gausman on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
It was the 30th home run of the season for A-Rod, which gives him 15 different 30-homer campaigns. That’s tied with Hank Aaron for the most in MLB history.
It was also A-Rod’s 3,056th career hit, moving him past Rickey Henderson for sole possession of 22nd place on the all-time career hits list.
What a comeback season it has been for the heavily-criticized 40-year-old slugger.
In what might have been the most-watched outing of his career, Matt Harvey tied a career high for runs allowed.
Washington struck for two runs in the bottom of the first, one in the bottom of the second, and four in the bottom of the sixth on a Little League grand slam from Michael Taylor as Harvey and the Mets went down early in a big matchup Tuesday night at Nationals Park.
Harvey didn’t allow an extra-base hit and he only threw 74 pitches, but there were several hard-hit balls off Washington bats throughout the evening. Taylor’s four-run single in the sixth inning went right through Yoenis Cespedes in center field and got all the way to the wall.
Harvey, the subject of endless innings-limit controversy over the last several days, figures to make one more start before entering a shutdown period. He could then be brought back for the Mets’ final regular-season series versus these same Nationals, who remain very much alive tonight in the NL East race.
The 26-year-old right-hander has stated publicly that he will pitch in the 2015 playoffs.
Cubs rookie slugger Kyle Schwarber has not appeared in a game since the first of September due to a mild right rib cage strain, but he took swings in a batting cage Monday in St. Louis and reported no lingering discomfort when he returned to the visitors clubhouse at Busch Stadium on Tuesday.
His return is imminent, per beat writer Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times …
Schwarber is sporting a .917 OPS with 13 home runs, 38 RBI, and 41 runs scored over his first 48 games. Chicago is within striking distance of the Pirates for the top National League Wild Card spot, which would mean hosting privileges for the National League Wild Card Game.