With zero homers over his first 28 games this season, Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia entered last night’s action stuck on 99 home runs for his career. However, he finally busted out of his power drought when he took Athletics reliever Ryan Cook deep for a grand slam in the sixth inning. Not a bad way to reach a personal milestone.
Watch the video of the home run below:
The home run was reviewed for possible fan interference, but was eventually upheld. The Red Sox went on to defeat the Athletics 7-1.
Pedroia’s grand slam also pushed him to 503 RBI for his career. He’s the second player in franchise history to amass 100 home runs and 100 stolen bases, joining Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski.
Free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos is heading back to the Angels on a minor league deal, per a report from Steve Adams of MLB Trade Rumors. The agreement includes an invitation to spring training, but has not yet been officially confirmed by the team.
Bourjos, 31, played out a one-year gig with the Braves in 2018 and slashed .205/.239/.364 with four extra-base hits and a .603 OPS through a career-low 47 plate appearances. He showed more promise during a short-lived stint with the Giants’ Triple-A squad in the second half of the season, but elected free agency in early November and had yet to catch on with another major league club. His deal with the Angels represents a homecoming of sorts, as he played some of the best years of his career in Anaheim from 2010 to 2013 before getting traded to the Cardinals in a multiplayer swap for David Freese and Fernando Salas in 2014.
The veteran outfielder is long past his prime, but could still bring some value to the team as outfield depth behind Justin Upton, Mike Trout, and Kole Calhoun. Per Adams, he’s expected to compete for a spot as the Angels’ fourth outfielder, though he also has limited experience at DH as well.