As MLive.com’s James Schmehl details, Tigers catcher James McCann suspects Royals outfielder Alex Rios is stealing signs. Rios was hit by a Bruce Rondon pitch in the ninth inning of Wednesday’s game at Kauffman Stadium. He advanced to second base when Rondon walked Infante.
McCann then went to visit Rondon on the mound and stared Rios down, to make him aware that he was being watched in the event he was stealing signs.
“Was he doing it? I have my suspicions,” McCann said. “No one will ever know except for him. But I do know he wasn’t able to relay them beyond that trip to the mound.”
“I just stared at him. Not knowing if he was really doing it or not,” said McCann, who didn’t directly accuse Rios of stealing signs. “But my job is to make sure it didn’t continue if it was happening.”
Rondon wound up getting the next two outs without issue, getting the save for the Tigers.
McCann was in the news a week ago for a dust-up with teammate Jose Iglesias. He felt Iglesias gave up too soon on a ground ball.
Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that Rays starter Drew Smyly will be activated from the disabled list and rejoin the rotation on Sunday in Texas against the Rangers.
Smyly has been out since early May due to a partial labrum tear in his left shoulder. Though the results weren’t pretty, he was able to get through four minor league rehab starts without issue.
Smyly, 26, came to the Rays at the trade deadline last year in the three-way David Price trade that involved the Tigers and the Mariners. In 10 starts for the Rays, the lefty has a 1.96 ERA with a 65/14 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings.
Outfielder Carlos Beltran saved the Yankees from ignominy on Friday night, slugging a pinch-hit, go-ahead, three-run home run in the eighth inning against reliever Aaron Sanchez in a 4-3 win over the Blue Jays. Chase Headley had knocked in the Yankees’ first run of the game against starter David Price with a ground-rule double earlier that inning, marking the first time the Yankees had scored against the Blue Jays since the second inning on August 7, the first game of a three-game series. The Blue Jays had held them scoreless for 33 consecutive innings before Headley’s double.
The Blue Jays’ 11-game winning streak also ended on Friday night. Since shortstop Troy Tulowitzki’s first game with the Blue Jays on July 29, the club had won 14 of 15 games. They went from 51-51 in third place and seven games out of first place to 64-52, leading the AL East by half a game over the Yankees entering Friday’s action. They’re now a half-game behind the Yankees.
Katie Sharp of River Ave Blues provided some interesting trivia from the game. Beltran’s pinch-hit homer was the second of his career, with the other occuring on May 18, 2003 against the Blue Jays. Beltran became the first Yankee with a go-ahead home run when trailing in the eighth inning or later on the road since Don Mattingly on July 24, 1994 against the then-California Angels.
Your Friday box scores and recaps:
Cubs 6, White Sox 5
Athletics 6, Orioles 8 (13 innings)
Pirates 3, Mets 2 (10 innings)
Yankees 4, Blue Jays 3
Diamondbacks 2, Braves 3
Mariners 1, Red Sox 15
Phillies 1, Brewers 3
Rays 3, Rangers 5
Marlins 1, Cardinals 3
Angels 1, Royals 4
Padres 9, Rockies 5
Indians 6, Twins 1
Tigers 1, Astros 5
Reds 3, Dodgers 5
Nationals 5, Giants 8