Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion hit the latest iconic home run in team history, ripping a walk-off three-run home run with one out in the bottom of the 11th inning off of Orioles pitcher Ubaldo Jimenez. The Jays advance from the American League Wild Card game into the AL Division Series to play the Rangers beginning on Thursday.
Jimenez, who had made 25 starts and only four relief appearances during the regular season, compiled an ugly 5.44 ERA over 142 1/3 innings for the O’s. Those numbers were far surpassed by closer Zach Britton, who did not appear in Tuesday’s game. The results were predictable.
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Now, the debate will focus on which was better: Jose Bautista‘s bat toss or Encarnacion’s bat drop?
ST. LOUIS — Miles Mikolas is sticking with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The right-hander signed a three-year, $55.75 million contract on Friday that will carry through the 2025 season.
The new deal replaces a $68 million, four-year contract signed in February 2019 that covered the 2020-23 seasons and was set to pay $15.75 million this year.
Mikolas will receive a $5 million signing bonus payable July 1 and will make $18.75 million in 2023 and $16 million in each of the following two seasons. Mikolas can earn a $250,000 bonus for winning a Cy Young Award, $50,000 for All-Star election or selection or winning a Gold Glove, $100,000 for League Championship Series MVP and $150,000 for World Series MVP.
Mikolas is scheduled to make the second opening-day start of his big league career next Thursday when the Cardinals host Toronto. Mikolas went 12-13 with a 3.29 ERA last season while helping St. Louis to the NL Central title.
“Miles stands among the top pitchers in the game today, and has continued to provide a steady presence for us both in the rotation and inside the clubhouse,” St. Louis general manager John Mozeliak said in a statement.
Mikolas is 45-40 with a 3.79 in 143 games with San Diego, Texas and St. Louis. He recently pitched six shutout innings in two appearances for the U.S. in the World Baseball Classic.