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.

Aaron Judge exits game with left oblique injury

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Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge was shaken up during Saturday’s 9-2 win over the Royals. The slugger appeared to tweak his left side after hitting a single off of Glenn Sparkman in the sixth inning, and was wincing in pain as team trainers attended to him. Per an official announcement from the club, he sustained a left oblique injury and will undergo an MRI at the New York Presbyterian Hospital this afternoon.

While it’s not yet clear how long Judge will be out of commission, it’s a worrying injury given his history. The 26-year-old outfielder was similarly sidelined in 2016 after a right oblique strain brought an abrupt end to his first MLB call-up, and missed significant time again in 2018 after fracturing his right wrist. It’s also a blow to the Yankees, who currently have a dozen players nursing injuries from bone spurs to rotator cuff issues on the injured list.

Prior to Saturday’s incident, Judge went 2-for-4 with a first-inning home run and a base hit, adding to a healthy .288/.404/.521 batting line and running total of five homers, 11 RBI, and a .925 OPS through his first 89 plate appearances of 2019. He was replaced by infielder/outfielder Tyler Wade, who stepped in to pinch-run in the sixth and returned at the top of the seventh to assume Judge’s post in right field.