Rajai Davis hit for the cycle, but Indians’ 14-game winning streak snapped

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The Indians lost 9-6 to the Blue Jays on Saturday, ending their 14-game winning streak, but there was a bright spot as Rajai Davis hit for the cycle, becoming the eighth player in Indians history to do so. He’s the second player to hit for the cycle this season, joining the Braves’ Freddie Freeman, who did it on June 15 against the Reds. Davis is the first Indian to hit for the cycle since Travis Hafner on August 14, 2003 against the Twins.

Davis homered to lead off the game against Jays starter Marco Estrada, a line drive down the left field line that caromed off of the facing of the second deck. Next, in the third inning, he dunked a ball into shallow left field, which escaped a diving Ezequiel Carrera, allowing Davis to motor to third base on an RBI triple. In the seventh, he doubled to center field. Finally, in the ninth, Davis singled to shallow right-center against Jays closer Roberto Osuna to complete the cycle and cap off a 4-for-5 afternoon.

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Davis brought his triple-slash line up to a very respectable .275/.335/.454 with nine home runs and 31 RBI in 276 plate appearances.

The Indians are now 49-31, still enjoying a comfortable six-game lead over the second-place Royals in the AL Central.

Anthony Volpe, 21, wins Yankees’ starting shortstop job

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TAMPA, Fla. — Anthony Volpe grew up watching Derek Jeter star at shortstop for the New York Yankees.

Now, the 21-year-old is getting the chance to be the Yankees’ opening day shortstop against the San Francisco Giants.

The team announced after a 6-2 win over Toronto in spring training that Volpe had won the spot. New York manager Aaron Boone called the kid into his office to deliver the news.

“My heart was beating pretty hard,” said Volpe, rated one of baseball’s best prospects. “Incredible. I’m just so excited. It’s hard for me to even put into words.”

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, hitting coach Dillon Lawson and bench coach Carlos Mendoza were also present.

Volpe was able to share the news with his parents and other family members near the Yankees’ dugout and said it is something he will never forget.

“It was pretty emotional,” Volpe said. “It was just an unbelievable moment to share with them.”

Volpe, who grew up a Yankees fan, lived in Manhattan as a child before moving to New Jersey. Jeter was his favorite player.

“It’s very surreal,” Volpe said. “I’ve only ever been to games at Yankee Stadium and for the most part only watched him play there.”

Volpe is hitting .314 with three homers, five RBIs and a .417 on-base percentage in 17 Grapefruit League games. He has just 22 games of experience at Triple-A.

Spring training started with Volpe, Oswald Peraza and holdover Isiah Kiner-Falefa competing for the everyday shortstop job. Kiner-Falefa was shifted into a utility role midway through camp, and Peraza was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Sunday evening.

“While certainly the performance was there, he killed it between the lines,” Boone said of Volpe. “All the other things that we’ve been hearing about showed up. There’s an energy he plays the game with, and an instinct that he has that is evident. He really checked every box that we could have had for him. Absolutely kicked the door in and earned his opportunity.”

Volpe arrived in Florida in December to work out at the Yankees’ minor league complex.

“He’s earned the right to take that spot, and we’re excited for him and excited for us,” Cashman said. “He just dominated all sides of the ball during February and March, and that bodes well obviously for him as we move forward.”

Volpe was selected out of high school with the 30th overall pick in the 2019 draft from Delbarton School in New Jersey. He passed up a college commitment to Vanderbilt to sign with the Yankees.

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to get into the organization,” Volpe said. “This day, this feeling, this moment was kind of what I’ve worked my whole life for when I made that big decision.”

“Right now it’s crazy,” he added. “I don’t even know what lies ahead but Thursday I just want to go out and play, and have fun.”