Brian McCann played hero in the Bronx last night, launching a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Yankees a wild 7-5 win over the Rays.
The Rays grabbed an early 3-0 lead against Masahiro Tanaka while Chris Archer tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings, but Mark Teixeira slugged a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to draw even. The Rays pulled ahead in the top of the 12th on RBI singles from Kevin Kiermaier and Rene Rivera, but Steve Geltz couldn’t hold the lead. Brett Gardner drew a leadoff walk to begin the bottom of the 12th before Chase Headley struck out swinging. However, Alex Rodriguez and Mark Teixeira followed with back-to-back singles to bring the Yankees within one run. That brought McCann to the plate:
The Yankees hold a one-game lead in the American League East right now, but the Orioles, Rays, and Blue Jays are all within two games. There’s no clear favorite in this group, so we should probably get used to the drama.
Happy Fourth of July, everyone!
Your Friday box scores and AP recaps:
Marlins 2, Cubs 1
Rays 5, Yankees 7 (12 innings)
Indians 5, Pirates 2
Blue Jays 6, Tigers 8
Giants 1, Nationals 2
Astros 12, Red Sox 8
Brewers 12, Reds 1
Angels 8, Rangers 2
Phillies 1, Braves 2
Orioles 0, White Sox 1
Padres 2, Cardinals 1
Twins 2, Royals 3 (10 innings)
Rockies 3, Diamondbacks 4 (10 innings)
Mariners 9, Athletics 5
Mets 2, Dodgers 1
The Indians activated shortstop Francisco Lindor in advance of their doubleheader against the Braves, the club announced Saturday. Veteran DH Hanley Ramírez has been designated for assignment in a subsequent roster move.
It’s a welcome change for the Indians, who lost Lindor to a right calf strain at the outset of spring training and saw his recovery timetable extended by a left ankle sprain during one of his rehab games. When healthy, however, the 25-year-old has been nothing short of spectacular. During his 2018 campaign, he received his third consecutive All-Star nomination and finished the season batting .277/.352/.519 with 38 home runs, 25 stolen bases, and a career-best 7.6 fWAR through 745 plate appearances.
Things haven’t gone nearly as well for Ramírez since he inked a minor-league deal with the club in late February. Although he managed to stay relatively injury-free during his first few weeks of the 2019 season, the 35-year-old infielder slashed an underwhelming .184/.298/.327 with three extra bases and eight RBI in 57 PA. Whether or not he’ll find another major-league gig this year remains to be seen.