Video: Jose Bautista launches two-run bomb vs. O’s

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Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista cranked this massive two-run shot in the top of the second inning Wednesday night in Toronto to put the home team ahead of the visiting Orioles 4-1 …

Bautista added an RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning and Toronto currently leads Baltimore 5-1. The Jays are trying to catch back up to the O’s in the ongoing hunt for the American League East crown.

Report: Nationals to call up prospect Carter Kieboom

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Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will promote middle infield prospect Carter Kieboom to the majors ahead of Friday’s game against the Padres. The Nationals are currently dealing with injuries to shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon, so the club hopes Kieboom can help the team tread water at the very least.

Kieboom, 21, was selected by the Nationals in the first round (28th overall) in the 2016 draft. MLB Pipeline currently rates him No. 2 in the Nationals’ system and No. 37 overall. Kieboom has played both second base and shortstop this season after exclusively playing shortstop previously in his professional career.

With Triple-A Fresno to start the 2019 season, Kieboom hit .379/.506/.636 with three homers, 18 RBI, and 14 runs scored in 83 plate appearances.