Red Sox DH David Ortiz didn’t need to, but he homered twice in Sunday’s 5-0 win against the Yankees, resulting in a four-game series split in the Bronx. Ortiz drove a Luis Severino fastball to right-center in the fourth inning for a solo shot, boosting his team’s lead to 3-0. He victimized Severino again in the seventh, drilling a fastball to right field for another solo shot, moving the score to 4-0.
Ortiz, 40, now has 512 career home runs, moving him into a tie with Ernie Banks and Eddie Mathews for 22nd on baseball’s all-time home run list. Ortiz’s next goal is 521, which will move him into a four-way tie with Ted Williams, Willie McCovey, and Frank Thomas.
On the season, Ortiz is hitting a cool .308/.393/.673 with nine home runs and 27 RBI. If he keeps hitting close to this well over the remainder of the season, he may have to rethink retirement.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.