VIDEO: Kolten Wong slugs grand slam off James Shields for his first major league home run

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Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong was named the National League Rookie of the Month for May and celebrated Tuesday with this grand slam off Royals starter James Shields …

That was the first major league home run for Wong and ended a 20-inning scoreless drought for St. Louis.

Wong has been in a groove offensively and defensively since being recalled from AAA Memphis on May 14.

Carlos Carrasco pitched in game action

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Indians starter Carlos Carrasco was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this summer. He’d been out since June. Despite that diagnosis, he and the Indians insisted that he would make every effort to come back this year. Yesterday he took a big step in that direction, making his first rehab appearance at Double-A Akron.

He only tossed one inning, walking one batter and striking out another. He thew 16 pitches but cranked it up to 97 with his first offering. Not too shabby.

It’s unclear what the timetable is for him returning to Cleveland. If they intend to use him as a starter again he’ll obviously need several more appearances to get stretched out. If he’s to be used as a reliever, fewer obviously. What his stamina level is and will be is also an open question.

However that gets sorted out, it’s good so have him back in action.