Robinson Cano denied Kansas City’s Billy Butler a spot in the Home Run Derby on Monday and paid dearly, getting booed all night by the Kauffman Stadium faithful. David Ortiz isn’t having of that.
Ortiz was voted in as the American League’s starting DH tonight, but he said he’ll take just one at-bat and then step aside so that Butler can enter the game.
It doesn’t really fit in with the whole “This time, it counts” motif, but then, a lot of the starters the game will be littered with backups later on anyway. Under normal circumstances, Ortiz would have been looking at two at-bats, instead of one.
You can’t pick your family and no one knows that better than Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford. His sister Amy married Astros starter Gerrit Cole in November 2016, so the two players are brothers-in-law.
The two players have matched up against each other 18 times in the past, as Cole spent his first five seasons in the National League with the Pirates. Cole often won that battle, holding Crawford to four hits — all singles — in 18 plate appearances.
Crawford finally got the better of Cole on Tuesday night, hitting a line drive into the appropriately-named Crawford Boxes at Minute Maid Park for a two-run home run, cutting the Astros’ lead to 5-2.