Newest Rockies pitcher Kyle Kendrick and the power of positive thinking:
“We obviously all know that Coors Field is a tough place to pitch,” Kendrick said Wednesday after signing a one-year, $5.5 million contract. “But I’m happy to be here and I’m not scared to pitch at Coors Field at all . . . I want to put up zeroes obviously, but if in that ballpark, with that offense, if you give up three or four runs in seven or eight innings, a lot of time you are going to win,” he said. “I think I can do that.”
Kendrick gave up 25 homers in 32 starts last year and doesn’t strike guys out at a particularly high rate. Keep this poor young man in your prayers.
Twins DH Nelson Cruz hit his 400th career home run, a solo home run in the fourth inning of Sunday’s game against the Royals. The blast padded the Twins’ lead to 8-6, and was also No. 40 on the season for Cruz.
Cruz, 39, is the 57th member of the 400-homer club. He was previously tied with Andres Galarraga and Al Kaline at 399. Cruz has hit 163 of his homers with the Mariners, 157 with the Rangers, and 40 each with the Orioles and Twins.
Cruz entered Sunday batting .300/.383/.624 with 104 RBI in 500 plate appearances. Pretty good production for the Twins from a slugger on a one-year, $14.3 million contract. The Twins hold a $12 million club option for 2020 as well.