8:32 p.m. EDT: Melky Cabrera broke up the bid with two outs in the sixth. After Alcides Escobar walked with one out, Chris Getz hit a grounder that likely would have been an inning-ending double-play ball, except for that Escobar was off with the pitch.
Verlander then left a changeup up to Cabrera, who pounded into the gap to score Escobar. It broke up an 0-for-49 string for the league against the right-hander.
9:35 p.m. EDT: Verlander ended up allowing two hits over eight innings in a 3-1 victory. Jose Valverde cleaned up in the ninth. Verlander struck out seven in a 105-pitch outing. He improved to 4-3 with a 2.91 ERA.
Justin Verlander, bidding to become just the second pitcher ever to throw back-to-back no-hitters, is through five hitless in his start against the Royals.
Verlander has struck out three and walked one. He’s thrown 61 pitches with the Tigers up 3-0 and retired 12 straight after walking Billy Butler to begin the second inning.
Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres was born on December 13, 1996. That year, Bartolo Colon (who turns 45 years old on Thursday) was wrapping up a season he spent with Double-A Canton-Akron and Triple-A Buffalo. He would debut in the majors the following April.
In a clash of generations, the 21-year-old Torres and Colon squared off on Monday as the Yankees visited the Rangers. Torres won the battle twice, drilling a two-run home run off of Colon in the second inning and a solo shot off of Colon in the fourth. Colon wound up giving up six runs in total on eight hits (including four homers) and a walk with four strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings.
Here is video of the first homer Torres hit:
Torres is the second-youngest Yankee in club history with a multi-homer game. Mickey Mantle was 20 years and 296 days old when he went yard twice on August 11, 1952. Torres is 21 years, 159 days old. Joe DiMaggio was 21-212 when he hit two on June 24, 1936.
So much for respecting one’s elders. We’re currently seeing a youth movement in baseball. 19-year-old Juan Soto hit his first major league homer on Monday against the Padres. 20-year-olds Ronald Acuña and Mike Soroka debuted for the Braves earlier this year. Could 19-year-old Blue Jays prospect Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. join them soon?