Video: George Springer robs Leonys Martin of a walk-off grand slam

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Expect to see Astros outfielder George Springer on the end-of-season highlight reels. The 25-year-old robbed Leonys Martin of a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning on Sunday against the Rangers.

With the score tied at 4-4, the Rangers loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom half of the 10th inning on a single, a hit batsman, and a walk. Martin swung at a 0-2 Tony Sipp slider, sending a fly ball to deep right field. Springer ranged back and leaped to snag the ball just as it appears it would have gone over the fence for a walk-off grand slam. At the very least, it would have been a long walk-off single if Springer had not caught it.

The Astros took a 6-4 lead in the top of the 14th thanks to a two-run home run from Hank Conger. The Rangers again loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the 14th, but Rougned Odor lined out to — who else? — Springer in right field to end the game. Sam Deduno earned the first save of his career.

Angels place Andrew Heaney on 10-day injured list

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The Angels have placed Andrew Heaney on the 10-day injured list with left shoulder inflammation, the club announced Saturday. The move is retroactive to July 17, though it’s not yet certain that he’ll be cleared to pitch again by the end of the month.

It’s an unfortunate development for the 28-year-old southpaw, who has battled inflammation in his pitching elbow on and off since spring training. In fact, his arm issues date back several years, including the shoulder impingement that put him on the shelf in 2017 and the Tommy John surgery he underwent in 2016. With such a complicated medical history, it makes sense that the Angels would want to proceed with caution as they facilitate the lefty’s eventual return to the mound.

Given his ongoing struggles, Heaney has seen mixed results with the club in 2019. Prior to his recent IL assignment, he pitched to a 1-3 record in nine starts with a 5.09 ERA, 3.7 BB/9, and 10.6 SO/9 through 46 innings. Since the end of June, however, his starts have gotten shorter and shorter; he lasted just 4 1/3 innings in his final outing against the Astros, expending a tremendous 103 pitches and issuing two runs, two walks, and five strikeouts during the team’s eventual 7-2 win.

In a corresponding roster move, the Angels claimed lefty reliever Adalberto Mejía off of waivers from the Twins. Mejía, 26, is expected to be activated ahead of Saturday’s game versus the Mariners. Over 13 appearances with Minnesota, he turned in an 8.80 ERA, 7.0 BB/9, and 8.8 SO/9 in 15 1/3 innings.