Video: Francisco Lindor gets his first major league hit, cracks a joke

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Indians shortstop prospect Francisco Lindor made his major league debut on Sunday against the Tigers, entering the game as a pinch-hitter for David Murphy in the seventh inning. He struck out against Blaine Hardy, but he stayed in the game and would eventually redeem himself, sort of.

Trying to help spark a seven-run rally, Lindor ripped a line drive to right field against Joakim Soria. It would have been an easy double, but Lindor stumbled rounding the first base bag and had to settle for a single for his first major league hit. Jokingly, Lindor pointed at first baseman Miguel Cabrera, accusing him of interfering in his path to second base. Cabrera was nowhere near Lindor when he fell. Cabrera and first base umpire Chris Segal had a good chuckle at Lindor’s joke.

At the very least, Lindor made his first major league game memorable.

Brian Anderson suffers hand fracture on a hit-by-pitch

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Marlins infielder/outfielder Brian Anderson departed Friday’s 19-11 win over the Phillies with a left hand contusion, the club announced. Following an X-ray, it was then revealed that he had sustained a fracture of the fifth metacarpal — an injury severe enough that it’ll likely keep him off the field for the remainder of the 2019 season.

Anderson suffered the injury on a hit-by-pitch in the third inning. On the first pitch of the at-bat, with the bases loaded and one out, he took a 93.9-m.p.h. fastball off his left hand. The HBP forced in a run, but he doubled over in pain and was quickly examined by a member of the Marlins’ staff before officially departing the game in the top of the fourth.

It’s an unfortunate way to end Anderson’s third campaign with the Marlins. The 26-year-old has posted some career-high numbers this year, reaching the 20-homer mark for the first time and batting a healthy .261/.342/.468 with an .810 OPS and 3.0 fWAR through 510 PA. Despite the setback, he should be fully healed and ready to go well in advance of the Marlins’ spring training in 2020.