On Sunday Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez threw at Royals infielder Alcides Escobar. It was pretty clearly intentional. It came after Royals pitchers threw inside on Jays hitters multiple times, up in and in a couple of times, and hitting Josh Donaldson once. Which, at least to many, seemed intentional too.
But if there was equal intentional plunking going on, the league didn’t see it that way. It was just announced that Sanchez has received a three-game suspension and an undisclosed fine and manager John Gibbons has received a one-game suspension for coming back on to the field following his seventh inning ejection.
Sanchez could appeal. Gibbons will serve his suspension tonight.
The Yankees threatened early against the Twins in the top of the first inning of Monday night’s game in Minnesota. DJ LeMahieu and Aaron Judge drew leadoff walks Martín Pérez, bringing up slugger Edwin Encarnación. Encarnación battled Pérez, ultimately rolling over on the ninth pitch, a change-up. Third baseman Luis Arraez gobbled it up and stepped on the third base bag, then fired to Jonathan Schoop at second base for the second out. Schoop got the ball over to Miguel Sanó at first base just in time to complete the 5-4-3 triple play.
It’s the second triple play turned this year, as the White Sox also accomplished a 5-4-3 double play on May 22 against the Astros. The Twins’ last triple play occurred on June 1, 2017 against the Angels, also a 5-4-3 triple-killing.
The Yankees were eventually able to generate some offense in the third inning on a Gio Urshela solo homer and an RBI single from Encarnación. It’s a 2-2 game as this gets published.