FOX Sports Ohio columnist Joe Reedy shares the announcement …
Gomes suffered an MCL sprain in his right knee on April 11 when he got tangled up in a home-plate collision with the Tigers’ Rajai Davis. The initial timetable called for him to miss 6-8 weeks, so he’s returning a little bit earlier than expected. Roberto Perez served as the Indians’ primary catcher while Gomes was out and will now stick around as his backup. Hayes will probably pass through waivers and report to Triple-A Columbus.
Gomes, 27, batted .278/.313/.472 with 21 home runs and 74 RBI in 135 games last season for the Tribe, earning his first Silver Slugger Award. Cleveland (17-23) could use a big offensive boost right about now.
Miami defeated Baltimore to snap an eight-game losing streak late Saturday night on a Martin Prado walkoff RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning.
It was the first win for the Marlins under new skipper Dan Jennings, who transitioned from the front office to the dugout last Monday after the firing of Mike Redmond. So … uh … pool party, anyone?
That’s in the Clevelander at Marlins Park, a South Beach-themed bar located just beyond the left-field fence. Jennings was out there with his players, so this was obviously manager-approved. Proper supervision at the pool is important. “It’s the best, dirtiest bath I’ve ever had,” Jennings told reporters after the game.
The Dodgers got into a bit of hot water — pun intended — for jumping into the pool at Arizona’s Chase Field after clinching the National League West title back in 2013. But maybe this is cool because it was done in the Marlins’ own stadium? Surely somebody out there has the energy to produce a scathing take.
Anthony Rizzo helped the Cubs pull off a wild 9-6 win in the desert on Saturday night …
Rizzo also hit a three-run double in the fifth, finishing the game with a career-high-tying six RBI. St. Louis lost again in Kansas City, so the Cubs are now just 2 1/2 games back of the Cardinals in the NL Central.
Rizzo, 25, is batting .322/.444/.586 with nine home runs and 29 RBI in 42 games this season.
Kauffman Stadium is usually covered in red during the now-annual interleague meeting between the Cardinals and Royals. And not much has changed in that regard this weekend. But those Cardinal-red clad fans haven’t had nearly as much to cheer about.
In the series opener Friday night, the American League Central-leading Royals jumped out to a three-run first inning lead against Cardinals starter Lance Lynn and went on to win 5-0. St. Louis struck first on Saturday, but it was the Royals who were on top 3-2 when the game was halted by rain in the bottom of the sixth inning. Alex Gordon hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the second and Salvador Perez laced an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth. Play did not resume, giving Kansas City its fifth straight win.
The forecast for Sunday’s series finale is rough-looking. If the game is played, it’ll be 23-year-old Michael Wacha trying to pitch the National League Central-leading Cardinals out of a potential sweep against their cross-state rival. 23-year-old Yordano Ventura is on tap for the Royals.
There’s some pretty good baseball being played in Missouri.
Your box scores and recaps from Saturday …
Rangers 15, Yankees 4
Mariners 3, Blue Jays 2
Phillies 8, Nationals 1
Pirates 8, Mets 2
Astros 3, Tigers 2
Twins 4, White Sox 3
Reds 1, Indians 2
Brewers 2, Braves 3 (11 innings)
Athletics 5, Rays 0
Giants 10, Rockies 8 (Game 1)
Angels 3, Red Sox 8
Cardinals 2, Royals 3 (6 innings)
Orioles 0, Marlins 1 (13 innings)
Padres 0, Dodgers 2
Cubs 9, Diamondbacks 6
Giants 3, Rockies 5 (Game 2)
Bryce Harper was very upset about his third-inning ejection from Wednesday night’s game against the Yankees, and rightly so. Harper went off in the clubhouse afterward, and Chase Hughes of CSNWashington.com got the money quote …
“I don’t think 40,000 people came to watch him ump tonight. Plain and simple,” Harper said. “I really don’t think they did. Especially when we’re playing the Yankees. The Yankees are a good team, we’re a good team and we’re rolling. I don’t want to get tossed. There’s no reason for me to get tossed in that situation. I don’t think I did anything bad to get tossed. Maybe he just had a bad morning or he didn’t get his coffee.”
Watch the ejection again at this link (or in the embedded video below). Harper was thrown out for leaving the batter’s box, but he only left the batter’s box after home plate umpire Marvin Hudson took his mask off and stepped toward the Nationals’ dugout to begin chirping with manager Matt Williams …
Williams also did some venting after the game, an eventual 3-2 victory for Washington. Again via Hughes: “Doggone it, he’s our best player and arguably the best player on the planet right now,” said Williams. “And we need him in the game. And I don’t feel as if there was any need to throw him out.”