CC Sabathia

Kevin Plawecki

Video: Kevin Plawecki connects for his first major league home run


Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki slugged his first major league home run on Saturday afternoon against Yankees lefty CC Sabathia. The 24-year-old was ahead in the count 2-1 before sending an 88 MPH fastball over the fence in left field on a line drive.

Plawecki got his first hit in his first major league game, but had gone 0-for-7 in his other two games entering Saturday’s contest. He’s replacing Travis d’Arnaud, who suffered a fractured right hand on Sunday when he was hit by an A.J. Ramos pitch.

The Mets had their 11-game winning streak snapped on Friday night, but are set to rebound as they lead the Yankees 7-2 as of this writing.

Mets lose to Yankees, winning streak halted at 11 games

Jacob deGrom

It didn’t seem like the Mets were ever going to lose again, but they have at long last dropped a game. They fell 6-1 to the Yankees on Friday night, suffering their first defeat since April 11, ending a streak of 11 consecutive victories. They now sit with a 13-4 record, still best in the National League.

Mets starter Jacob deGrom wasn’t sharp, as he allowed three homers in his five innings of work. Two of those were hit by Mark Teixeira — both two-run shots in the first and third innings. Ellsbury hit the other, a solo shot also in the third.

Meanwhile, Yankees starter Michael Pineda was strong, limiting the Mets to one run in his 7 2/3 innings of work. The Mets plated their only run of the game in the sixth, when Lucas Duda brought home Curtis Granderson with a sacrifice fly.

The “Subway Series” continues over the weekend. Matt Harvey and CC Sabathia square off on Saturday afternoon, and Jon Niese faces Nathan Eovaldi on Sunday night.

And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights


[I slept late, so I’m letting Reds manager Brian Price do the first recap]

Reds 6, Brewers 1: Anthony Desclafani’s shut down every f****** Brewer he faced, it f****** seemed, tossing eight f****** shutout innings.  He allowed only two f****** hits and now has a f****** scoreless innings streak of fifteen f****** innings. Zach Cosart hit a three run homer on a pitch from Wily Peralta that was, to be candid with you, a vulgar term for feces (both bovine and equine).

White Sox 4, Indians 3: Down 3-0 heading into the bottom of the ninth, the White Sox had to face Cody Allen. Not a problem.

wild pitch
two-run double
RBI single
RBI single

I didn’t see Terry Francona’s postgame comments, but he’d be excused if he let Brian Price draft his remarks for him. What a f****** day for Ohio baseball.

Red Sox 7, Orioles 1: It was a day not fit for man nor beast in Boston, but it was Patriot’s Day, and that’s a big deal so they were gonna get this game in regardless, it seemed. As it was, the Orioles made three errors that led to five unearned Red Sox runs. Not that the unearned runs weren’t, as it were, earned by O’s pitcher Wei-Yin Chen: he walked four dudes and made an error in the Sox’ big inning. After that it was all about dodging raindrops and waiting for the umps to call the game. Which they did in the seventh.

Tigers 2, Yankees 1: Down 1-0, J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes hit back-to-back RBI singles in the seventh to put the Tigers over. A nice outing from CC Sabathia — encouraging and efficient, even in a loss — but a better one from Alfredo Simon. The Tigers have been getting great pitching from Simon, Shane Greene and David Price.

Cubs 5, Pirates 2: Kris Bryant was 3-for-4 with three RBI, including this double plus (and doubleplus) error and misplay that I’m choosing to count as a home run, because Little League is the best. Bryant is 6-for-14 with a double and four RBI in the four games he’s played since being called up.

Royals 7, Twins 1: Edinson Volquez allowed five hits and a walk while striking out five in seven innings, allowing only one run. Kyle Gibson allowed four runs — three earned — in five innings and didn’t strike out a single batter. Indeed, he’s struck out only 5.2 batters per nine innings in his career, which is insanely bad in this strikeout-happy era.

Padres 14, Rockies 3: Ah, it’s great to be back in Denver. The Padres unleashed a 17-hit attack in which they put up nine runs in the first two innings. Matt Kemp had three hits and four RBI. Odrismar Despaigne allowed only two runs in six and two-thirds and got his first career hit. After the game, he revealed that his fellow Padres pitchers told him they’d take him out shopping for new clothes today if he got a hit in Coors Field, so good for him. The Padres have won 5 of 6.

Athletics 6, Angels 3Stephen Vogt hit a three-run homer and Dan Otero pitched four shutout innings in relief after starter Kendall Graveman couldn’t get it together in three frustrating innings.

Astros 7, Mariners 5: Luis Valbuena is on fire. He hit two homers — solo shots in the first and eighth, giving the Astros the lead both times — and has five over his past seven games. Six of the Astros’ nine hits were for extra bases.