Very moving scene here from Wednesday afternoon’s game between the Nationals and Red Sox …
If you didn’t watch the whole thing, the moment of silence was called for in the top of the fourth inning — at the exact time the first bomb went off next to the Boston Marathon finish line on this date two years ago.
Watch as Alex Rodriguez takes O’s starter Bud Norris way yard Wednesday night in Baltimore …
That’s the second home run of the season for A-Rod and the 656th home run of his career. If he stays healthy, it shouldn’t be long before the 39-year-old catches Willie Mays at 660 on the all-time home run leaderboard. Barry Bonds says he plans to celebrate that achievement. But the Yankees apparently do not.
Good news here from MLB.com’s Greg Johns.
Mariners skipper Lloyd McClendon told reporters on Wednesday night that ace Felix Hernandez will be able to take his next turn in Seattle’s starting rotation this Saturday against the Rangers. Hernandez had to leave his outing last Sunday against the A’s after experiencing tightness in his right quad, but he has passed all of the necessary tests this week.
King Felix, 29, owns a 3.00 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 11/3 K/BB ratio in 12 innings (two starts) this season.
He registered a 2.14 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, and 248/46 K/BB ratio across 236 innings last season.
Yasiel Puig was held out of the Dodgers’ starting lineup on Tuesday after tweaking his left hamstring at the end of Monday’s walkoff win over the Mariners.
And the 24-year-old Cuban is sitting out again Wednesday, with Andre Ethier covering right field in the Dodgers’ series-finale against the visiting M’s.
Puig’s hamstring injury is not considered serious. He should be able to return to action Friday for the start of at three-game weekend set against the Rockies. Los Angeles has a scheduled off day on Thursday.
Puig was batting .222/.300/.481 with two home runs and three RBI over his first six games this season.
Here’s the Phillies’ lineup card for Wednesday night’s game against the Mets …
Um, what year is it? Jeff Francoeur does have two home runs in seven games this season for the Phils, but the 31-year-old outfielder owns a .222/.269/.352 batting line over his last 907 major league plate appearances.