On third base with two outs in the fourth, Marco Scutaro managed to induce a game-tying balk by dancing off the bag and getting Alfredo Simon to flinch in Boston’s game against Baltimore.
Scutaro took a big lead and threatened to steal home, catching Simon’s eye in the process. It didn’t lead to much of a move, but it was enough to tie things up at Camden Yards. It’s a 2-2 game headed to the bottom of the fourth.
The Yankees remain up 5-0 in the bottom of the third. George Kontos has replaced Yankee starter Dellin Betances in the contest.
The Nationals made a handful of roster decisions on Tuesday, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. Pitcher Wander Suero was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse and 1B/OF Matt Adams was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a fractured left index finger. With the two open roster spots, the Nationals recalled pitcher Jefry Rodriguez from Syracuse to start against the Orioles and added recently-acquired reliever Kelvin Herrera to the roster.
Adams, 29, was hit on the hand attempting to lay down a bunt on Friday. He has been quite productive for the Nationals this year, batting .275/.351/.575 with 13 home runs and 36 RBI in 171 plate appearances.
Adams was splitting time at first base with Mark Reynolds. Daniel Murphy drew starts at first base over the weekend, so it could be a Reynolds/Murphy split there now with Wilmer Difo remaining at second base.
In his major league debut on June 3, the 24-year-old Rodriguez pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings in relief of Jeremy Hellickson, who lasted just one-third of an inning. Tuesday’s start will be his first at the big league level. At Double-A Harrisburg this season, Rodriguez posted a 3.31 ERA with a 72/28 K/BB ratio in 68 innings.