Wednesday night’s Athletics/Yankees game was notable because A’s starter Kendall Graveman became the first AL pitcher to bat at Yankee Stadium. But as for feats of athleticism, Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks took the cake.
With the bases loaded and one out in the top of the fourth inning, Yonder Alonso lifted a Nathan Eovaldi breaking ball to left field. Hicks camped under it, gathered some momentum, and fired home. It was, as they say, a frozen rope, reaching catcher Brian McCann on one hop. McCann applied the tag to a sliding Danny Valencia to complete the double play.
Hicks’ throw was measured at 105.5 MPH by Statcast, the fastest in the Statcast era, per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.
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Minnesota’s Josh Donaldson managed to get ejected while hitting a home run.
Donaldson barked at plate umpire Dan Bellino for the second time in the sixth inning of a 4-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Thursday.
With the score 2-2, Bellino called a strike when the 2015 AL MVP checked his swing on a 2-0 pitch from Reynaldo Lopez.
Manager Rocco Baldelli came out to speak with Bellino, and Donaldson homered down the left-field line on the next offering. After rounding the bases, Donaldson kicked dirt at home plate as he crossed it.
Bellino ejected him immediately, and Donaldson, realizing he had missed home plate, returned to the plate to touch it and then argued as he kicked more dirt on it.
Donaldson also had argued with Bellino on a 1-1 breaking ball in the first inning that appeared to be high but was called a strike, leading to a strikeout.
“We need Josh on the field, out there playing, and at third base,” Baldelli said. “That’s when we’re at our best. And so that’s really the end of it. I think we can move past it at his point, and go from here.”
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