Jacoby Ellsbury exits Friday’s game with a strained right hamstring

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Jacoby Ellsbury was lifted from Friday night’s game against the Blue Jays in the top of the fifth inning with a strained right hamstring, Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News reports. According to McCarron, Ellsbury was clutching at his hamstring after hitting into an RBI fielder’s choice in the bottom of the fourth. Ellsbury will undergo an MRI to determine the severity.

Ellsbury was in the midst of a productive night at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a single and a two-run home run. With the Yankees quite unlikely to make it into the post-season, this may be the end of Ellsbury’s season. If that’s it, Ellsbury put up a productive first year in the Bronx, batting .271/.328/.419 with 16 home runs, 70 RBI, and 39 stolen bases.

Mike Trout voted 2019 American League Most Valuable Player

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The Baseball Writers Association of America voted Angels outfielder Mike Trout the Most Valuable Player in the American League for the 2019 season. He received 17 of 30 first-place votes, earning the third AL MVP Award of his career.

Trout, 28, missed the final three weeks of the season due to a foot injury, but his numbers were still strong enough to overcome the competition. He led the majors with a .438 on-base percentage and a 185 adjusted OPS, and led the AL with a .645 slugging percentage and 1.083 OPS. He also slugged 45 home runs, knocked in 104 runs, scored 110 runs, and stole 11 bases in 600 plate appearances. FanGraphs also gave him an edge over the competition in WAR at 8.6.

Trout, who also won the award in 2014 and ’16, is the third Angel to snag the hardware, joining Don Baylor (1979) and Vladimir Guerrero Sr. (2004). He is the 11th player to win three MVP awards, joining Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Álex Rodríguez, Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, Mike Schmidt, Albert Pujols, and Barry Bonds. Bonds is the only player to have won the award more than three times, winning a whopping seven MVP awards.

Alex Bregman finished in a close second place followed by Marcus  Semien, DJ LeMahieu, and Xander Bogaerts. Also receiving votes were Matt Chapman, George Springer, Mookie Betts, Nelson Cruz, Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Rafael Devers, Jorge Polanco, Austin Meadows, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, Gleyber Torres, Eddie Rosario, José Abreu, Max Kepler, J.D. Martinez, Yoán Moncada, Charlie Morton, Matt Olson, and Jorge Soler.