Brandon Moss slugs three-run shot, A’s jump back on top

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Let’s have lifelong A’s fan MC Hammer handle the play-by-play from the sixth inning …

It was a go-ahead three-run shot to straightaway center field, the second home run of the game for Moss. He’s the first player in Athletics franchise history to have two home runs and five RBI in a postseason game.

Josh Reddick singled one batter later and was driven home by Derek Norris, giving Oakland a 6-3 lead. And then Norris scored on an RBI single from Coco Crisp, pushing the the Athletics’ lead all the way to 7-3.

Royals manager Ned Yost made the curious decision to replace James Shields with young starter Yordano Ventura after Shields allowed the first two batters to reach in the sixth. That’s when Moss hit his home run. Kelvin Herrera replaced Ventura but could not close the floodgates. Kansas City is in deep trouble.

Mike Trout and Christian Yelich win the 2019 Hank Aaron Awards

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Major League Baseball announced today that Mike Trout and Christian Yelich have been selected as the American League and National League winners of the 2019 Hank Aaron Awards. The Hank Aaron Award, which was established in 1999, recognizes “the most outstanding offensive performers in each league.” A fan vote is part of it. A special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron weighs in as well.

Yellich, who is a back-to-back winner of the Award in the NL, led the Majors with a .671 slugging percentage and a 1.100 OPS, while leading the National League in batting average (.329), WAR (7.3) and OBP (.429). It was his third straight year with at least 100 runs scored and he set career-highs with 44 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He was the NL Player of the Week twice and stands a good chance of winning the NL MVP Award, though a late season injury will make it a pretty close vote.

Trout, who previously won the award in 2014, led the Majors with a .483 on-base percentage while leading the American League with a .645 slugging percentage and a 1.083 OPS. He was second in the AL with a career-best 45 home runs, was second i WAR (8.3) and, like Yelich, was a two-time Player of the Week winner. He too stands a good chance of wining the MVP though, he too, had a late season injury which could knock him down to second place.