Yoan Moncada made his minor league debut


Yoan Moncada hadn’t played in a real game with a real opponent since he last played in Cuba in late 2013. That all changed yesterday after he made his minor legaue debut for the Red Sox’ single-A affiliate, the Greenville Drive.

Moncada, to whom the Red Sox committed $63 million to sign last year — half of which was a penalty for exceeding international bonus caps — is 19. Following extended spring training in Fort Myers, he played second base and went 0-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored. On defense he wowed the crowd with a leaping grab of a line drive in the third inning but also let a ball go through the wickets for an error that allowed an opposing run to score. The Drive lost 13-11.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.