Dee Gordon made a long-lasting mark in the Dodgers’ extra-innings defeat of the Marlins on Saturday night in Miami, becoming the only player in recorded franchise history (dating back to at least 1914) to tally five hits and three stolen bases in the same game. He drove in two runs, scored two, and is now batting .357/.387/.464 on the year with 10 RBI and 16 runs in 28 games played. The 26-year-old second baseman is also on pace for 99 steals.
Yasiel Puig contributed a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning and Carl Crawford slugged a go-ahead two-run blast in the top of the 11th, giving Los Angeles the 9-7 shootout win at the normally-pitcher-friendly Marlins Park. The Dodgers are 18-13 and trail the red-hot Giants by only 1 1/2 games in the National League West standings.
Your Saturday box scores and recaps:
Rays 3, Yankees 9
Cardinals 0, Cubs 3
Athletics 3, Red Sox 6
Orioles 1, Twins 6
Mariners 9, Astros 8
White Sox 0, Indians 2
Nationals 2, Phillies 7
Blue Jays 6, Pirates 8
Tigers 9, Royals 2
Giants 3, Braves 1
Brewers 2, Reds 6
Dodgers 9, Marlins 7 (11 innings)
Mets 10, Rockies 11
Diamondbacks 4, Padres 3
Rangers 3, Angels 5
USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports that the Mariners will sign Ichiro Suzuki to a minor-league deal. If he makes the roster he’ll make $750,000. At least until he retires.
I say that because it seems quite clear that the idea here, telegraphed since last season, is to activate Ichiro for the Mariners’ series against the Oakland Athletics in Tokyo on March 20-21 and for hoopla surrounding it all. The Mariners and A’s will have a 28-man roster for that series, which is officially part of the regular season schedule, but it will be pared back down to 25 once games begin in the United States.
Suzuki, 45, hit .205/.255/.205 in 47 plate appearances through May 2 last season, at which point he agreed to be deactivated to join the Mariners’ front office. Many assumed Ichiro would announce his retirement later that season or during the offseason, but the Japan Series soon crystalized as an obvious way for him to offer his final farewell to both his American and his Japanese fans.
Unless of course he goes 6-10 with three doubles in that series, at which point everyone will be tempted to keep him on the roster past Japan. Which, given the Mariners’ rebuild and likely poor performance this coming season, wouldn’t exactly be hurting anyone, would it?