Jason Kendall becomes fifth player to catch 2,000 games

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Last night, while the Royals were giving up 19 runs in a blowout loss to the Twins, Jason Kendall became the fifth player in baseball history to appear in 2,000 games at catcher.
Ivan Rodriguez is the all-time leader with 2,351 games caught (and counting), followed by Carlton Fisk (2,226), Bob Boone (2,225), Gary Carter (2,056), and now Kendall.
Kendall said that he plans to “keep going until someone takes the uniform off me” and he’s under contract to the Royals next season for $3.75 million as part of a two-year, $6 million deal signed this winter.
In other words, there’s a pretty good chance contemporaries Rodriguez and Kendall will end up ranked first and second in games caught.

Manny Machado homers in return to Camden Yards

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Padres third baseman made his much anticipated return to Camden Yards on Tuesday, his first appearance there as a visiting player after signing a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres in February. The Orioles’ faithful gave Machado a standing ovation as he came to the plate for his first at-bat. He would strike out looking.

In Machado’s next at-bat, he crushed a first-pitch Jimmy Yacabonis fastball out to left-center field for a solo homer, boosting the Padres’ lead to 5-1. It marked Machado’s 100th career homer at Camden Yards.

Machado now has 17 homers on the season along with 48 RBI, 47 runs scored, and a .279/.355/.503 triple-slash line.