Javier Baez hits a game-winning homer in his major league debut

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David Price wasn’t the only one who made a big splash with his new team. Javier Baez — who wasn’t just making his Cubs debut but his major league debut — did too. He did so by smacking a homer in the 12th inning of last night’s game against the Rockies to give Chicago a 6-5 lead, which proved to be the final score. Watch:

It wasn’t the best day Baez will ever have in the majors — he struck out three of the first five times he came to the plate and grounded out and lined out the other two times in last night’s game — but his debut will certainly be a memorable one for him and for Cubs fans.

A.J. Hinch: “If it was any other time of the year, [José Altuve] wouldn’t be in the lineup.”

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It has been evident throughout the playoffs that Astros second baseman José Altuve’s right knee is bothering him. Altuve battled a right knee issue in July, then banged it up again in Game 2 of the ALDS and it’s been a problem ever since.

Manager A.J. Hinch said that if it were the regular season, he wouldn’t put Altuve in the lineup. Per MLB.com’s Richard Justice, the full quote:

He’s hurt. And if it was any other time of the year, he wouldn’t be in the lineup or wouldn’t be playing. He’d probably be on the DL. … But he’s showing up every day in good spirits, ready to go, giving 100 percent of what he’s got. He should be commended.

Hinch also said of Altuve, “His teammates revere him. The production that he’s doing on one leg is pretty incredible. And he’s trying not to talk about it. And therefore I am.”

During the ALCS, Altuve has hit .250/.368/.313 in 16 at-bats. He has just one extra-base hit but he has racked up three singles and drawn three walks while scoring four runs. Hinch has had Marwin González start at second base Games 3 and 4 and is doing so again on Thursday night in Game 5.