Joey Votto: “Man, I think I’m a bad mother [expletive]-er.”

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First baseman Joey Votto was a big contributor to the Reds’ 5-4 victory on Friday night against the Cardinals, hitting two two-run home runs. He’s 7-for-17 with three home runs and eight RBI to begin the season, a very good sign for the Reds after Votto posted the worst numbers of his career in the first half of the 2014 season before landing on the disabled list with a distal quad strain.

Votto was realistic about his hot start when speaking to the media after the game. Per C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer, Votto said, “It’s early in the season. Things will level off at some point.” Rosecrans added that Votto made a joke, labeling himself “something we can’t print.”

We can print most of it, at least. Votto said:

“Man, I think I’m a bad mother [expletive]-er. Are you crazy? Come on now.”

Votto put his serious cap back on and continued. “I didn’t have a great spring,” he said. “But I felt good. I thought physically I was in good place, which is what I usually point to for long-term success in the season. Again, it’s really early in the season. I’m just trying to play every day, every pitch and compete and try to keep up with my teammates.”

Video: Edwin Encarnación grounds into 5-4-3 triple play

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The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.

It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.

The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.