Brian Roberts

Brian Roberts

Yankees give “beat up” Brian Roberts some time off


The good news for longtime Orioles second baseman turned Yankees second baseman Brian Roberts is that he’s stayed healthy this season after injuries derailed his career for most of the past four years and has already played his most games since 2009.

The bad news is that he hasn’t been particularly good for the Yankees, hitting just .237 with five homers and a .659 OPS in 91 games while struggling at times defensively, and now Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Roberts will be given some time off because “he’s been beat up this year, physically.”

Girardi says it’s “general soreness” for the 36-year-old Roberts rather than any specific injury and it seems likely that Roberts’ lack of production has made the idea of giving him time off more appealing. Kelly Johnson is close to coming back from the disabled list and could see some action at second base in place of Roberts, who’s hitting just .194 since a four-hit, three-double game on July 4.

And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Tigers 5, Athletics 4: I would have to think that a walkoff grand slam when you’re down by three is, if one scored such things on style and drama points, the highest possible scoring walkoff there is. And get this: the Tigers last had a walkoff grand slam June 27, 2004. Before that: June 21, 1994. So basically, late June, every ten years, someone does this for Detroit. I’m calling June 2024’s to be done by either Nick Castellanos or some kid in the ninth grade someplace.

Nationals 7, Rockies 3: Bryce Harper went 1 for 3 with an RBI single on Bryce Harper bobblehead/Everyone hates Bryce Harper night. Adam LaRoche homered, Ryan Zimmerman had three hits and Ian Desmond hit two doubles. Denard Span, the guy Harper implied he did not want in the lineup during his controversial comments yesterday, went 0 for 3.

Rays 4, Yankees 3: The Rays had a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the ninth but Joel Roberts blew it by giving up a game-tying Brian Roberts homer. Tampa Bay got a Logan Forsythe RBI single in the 12th to win it, though, because Mystique and Aura have apparently retired and have opened up a craft store or something back in the small town they came from.

Braves 5, Mets 3: The Braves were down 3-1 in the eighth, but they were playing the Mets, and this is their theme song, so you never really felt the game was out of hand. In that eighth Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia center fielder Juan Lagares and third baseman Eric Campbell all committed errors as the Braves rallied for four runs. Familia’s error could’ve been a double play. If he converts that and Lagares doesn’t commit his error, the Mets escape the inning with no runs scoring. But then again, if that happens we’re deprived of all of the comedy.

Orioles 7, Rangers 1: Steve Pearce hit two homers and drove in four. In other, crazy-unexpected news Ubaldo Jimenez pitched well and won at home and that never happens.

Dodgers 1, Indians 0: Dan Haren and the bullpen combine to one-hit the Indians. The only hit: a Michael Bourn single that was originally called an out but overturned on replay review. Probably for the best, though. Haren left the game after seven with 103 pitches. If he had a no-no going he’d probably have stayed in the game, eventually tired out and, more importantly, wouldn’t have been pinch-hit for by Clint Robinson, who ended up plating the game’s only run.

Padres 1, Reds 0: Not a great offensive day for Ohio teams in Southern California. This one featured a one-hitter too. Except it was the winning team notching only one hit. And it wasn’t even an RBI. Their run scored on a sac fly. Jesse Hahn and four relievers combine for the shutout. Mat Latos, back in San Diego where his career got going, gets the loss despite allowing that lone hit in seven innings.

Cubs 2, Red Sox 0: No offense for the home team in Boston, as the Red Sox were no-hit by Jake Arrieta until there were two outs in the eighth. Arrieta has been crazy-good lately. On his last outing six days ago he carried a perfect game into the seventh.

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Royals 6, Twins 1: Alcides Escobar had two doubles and four RBI. Kansas City has won three of four.

Mariners 10, Astros 4: Robinson Cano had a three-run blast and the M’s had four homers in all, supporting Taijuan Walker in his 2014 debut. Walker allowed three runs over six.

Angels vs. White Sox: POSTPONED:

“The rain to the wind said,
You push and I’ll pelt.’
They so smote the garden bed
That the flowers actually knelt,
And lay lodged–though not dead.
I know how the flowers felt.”

And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

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Astros 9, Royals 2: George Springer is figuring it out and the results are pretty damn impressive. The Astros’ rookie homered in his fourth straight game while going 4 for 4 with two doubles, three RBI, a walk, and five runs scored.

Orioles 7, Brewers 6: Jonathan Schoop hit two homers and Nick Hundley singled in the go-ahead run in the 10th. In other news, I totally missed that the Orioles had acquired Nick Hundley. In my defense I had a healthy amount of bourbon over Memorial Day weekend. If the trade happened before then it’s because I never read Gleeman’s posts. He knows what he did.

Marlins 3, Nationals 2: Giancarlo Stanton went 3 for 4 with a two-run homer and Nathan Eovaldi was solid. To the extent you subscribe to the idea that Memorial Day is the time when you no longer dismiss unexpected results with “it’s early, but  . . .” know that it’s the day after Memorial Day and the Marlins are two games out of first place and two games over .500.

Pirates 5, Mets 3: The Mets bullpen blows a three-run lead in the eighth and ninth by surrendering five runs, three of which came courtesy of Gaby Sanchez hits, four of which were given up by Jose Valverde. Who, immediately after the game, became a former Met. ‘E’s not pinin’, ‘E’s passed on! This Met is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s been released and gone to meet ‘is agent! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of a job. ‘Is pitching processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig! ‘E’s shuffled off ‘is active roster, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ bullpen invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-MET!!

Red Sox 8, Braves 6: Clay Buchholz walked eight dudes and gave up six runs in three innings. And man, walking Braves hitters is not easy. His teammates bailed him out, though, with a David Ortiz three-run blast capping a five-run rally to tie things up in the fifth and six innings of shutout work from the Sox’ pen. With that, the Red Sox finally snap their ugly losing streak. Even with the ugly seeping into the first three innings of this one.

Athletics 10, Tigers 0: A five-homer day for the A’s, including a Derek Norris grand slam. All of which is rich given that before the game Bob Melvin told his players to “grind” and not try to hit homers. The lesson here: screw that noise. Homers are awesome. They’re literally the best thing you can do while batting. That’s not my opinion. That’s an inescapable fact of baseball’s rules and scoring system. More homers. Hit ’em all the damn time!

Rangers 7, Twins 2: You write a team’s epitaph after it loses a couple of players for the year and then they go and win three straight and five of six. Remember: no one knows anything about anything in this friggin’ game. Even the fancy, self-proclaimed experts who write and talk about baseball for major media conglomerates. Especially the fancy, self-proclaimed experts who write and talk about baseball for major media conglomerates. We’re the worst.

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White Sox 6, Indians 2: Conor Gillaspie had four hits — three of them doubles — drove in one run and scored another. He’s also 24 for his last 59 over the past 16 games.

Cubs 8, Giants 4: Jeff Samardzija finally got his first win of the season following a ten-strikeout performance. This sorta bums me out. I mean, on the one hand it’s great that he finally got a modicum of run support after to many tough luck outings. On the other hand I was really looking forward to a zero-win pitcher starting the All-Star game.

Phillies 9, Rockies 0: Ryan Howard was 3 for 4 and drove in five. Here come the Philly fan readers who have gone silent for the past two years to argue about the guy’s contract not being so bad. They’ll retreat to the darkness again in a couple of days.

Diamondbacks 7, Padres 5: A.J. Pollock hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth for the walkoff win. And we finally have a definitive answer to who is being walked off when this sort of thing happens. Here’s Kirk Gibson after the game:

“We were standing there and we were saying `Let’s walk them off, let’s walk them off,” Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said, “and he crushed the ball.”

Given that he hit perhaps the most definitive walkoff homer in history, I think Gibson gets to have the final word.

Mariners 5, Angels 1: Robinson Cano had three hits, drove in two and is hitting .332. Chris Young had a no hitter into the sixth and a shutout into the seventh.

Dodgers 4, Reds 3Hyun-Jin Ryu was perfect over the first seven innings before Todd Frazier led off the eighth with a double. So much for that. And so much for the shutout and stuff as the Reds scored three that innings. All three runs were charged to Ryu, but two of them scored thanks to Brian Wilson not being able to put out the fire all that effectively. But that’s all the Reds could do and the Dodgers held on for the win.

Blue Jays 10, Rays 5: That’s seven straight for the Jays thanks to another Edwin Encarnacion homer and a generalized offensive outburst. Dioner Navarro and Steve Tolleson had back to back homers and Melky Cabrera had three hits and three RBI too. Back to that Memorial Day comment: it ain’t too early anymore and the Jays are a couple of games ahead in the AL East.

Yankees 6, Cardinals 4: Brett Gardner had a leaping grab in the 11th to deprive Yadier Molina of either a homer or extra bases and then Brian Roberts came up big in the 12th with a bases-loaded single. I may be mangling this stat — I saw it on Twitter yesterday and can’t find it this morning — but I think this was only the 35th all-time game between the Yankees and the Cardinals, including World Series games. Which on the one hand is kind of understandable given that interleague hasn’t been around that long and for the bulk of it interleague was about divisional matchups, thus the two were not often pit against one another. On the other hand, the mental imagine I have of baseball history has the Yankees and Cardinals defining much of mid-century baseball history. Though I know better when I actually go year-by-year and think of who played in the World Series, I think of Yankees-Cardinals matchups as happening almost as much as Yankees-Dodgers matchups. Oh well.