Rangers outfielder Alex Rios will sit out at least one week to deal with an infection in his right thumb, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. Given the Rangers’ position in the standings and the sudden resignation of manager Ron Washington, losing Rios hardly registers on the radar of concerns for the Rangers.
Rios, 33, has had a mediocre season at the plate, compiling his worst offensive season since 2011. In 521 plate appearances, he has mustered a .280/.311/.398 slash line with four home runs, 54 RBI, and 17 stolen bases. The Rangers have a $13.5 million option on Rios with a $1 million buyout for the 2015 season, which they will have to mull exercising. It’s the last leg of a seven-year, $69.835 million contract extension Rios signed with the Blue Jays in April 2008.
With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.
Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.
The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.
Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.