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Matt Holliday walked in all five plate appearances against the Orioles

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Yankees DH Matt Holliday accomplished something on Sunday that had only been done six times this millennium: he drew five unintentional walks in a regulation game. Jacoby Ellsbury pinch-ran for Holliday in the ninth inning after he drew his fifth walk. The Yankees went on to put up a four-spot, breaking a 3-3 tie.

The other players to draw five walks in a regulation game this millennium:

  • Steven Souza (Rays) vs. Nationals: August 15, 2015
  • Matt Joyce (Rays) vs. White Sox: April 25, 2014
  • Mike Baxter (Mets) vs. Padres: August 4, 2012
  • Ivan Rodriguez (Marlins) vs. Mets: April 8, 2003
  • Rickey Henderson (Mariners) vs. Blue Jays: July 30, 2000
  • Alex Rodriguez (Mariners) vs. Royals: April 23, 2000

Holliday was unable to score on any of his first four walks, but Ellsbury scored on his behalf in the ninth.

After Sunday’s performance, Holliday is now hitting .333/.538/.556 in six games to start the season. He inked a one-year, $13 million contract with the Yankees for the 2017 season. So far, so good.

Freddie Freeman has elbow surgery

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Freddie Freeman‘s elbow began barking in the second half of the season and he was a shadow of himself in the month of September. The Braves rested him for half a minute in the season’s final week but he still played 158 games in 2019. They said he was good to go for the NLDS but he was clearly limited, going 4-for-22 in the Braves’ series loss to the Cardinals.

Today the Braves announced that Freeman underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow on Wednesday. The team said today that the procedure involved the removal of three fragmented loose bodies and the cleaning up of multiple bone spur formations.

It’s not clear if more rest down the stretch would’ve made a difference for him — and it’s not clear that the Braves had options at first base for the postseason that were substantially better than even a limited Freeman — but it’s clear that not having Freeman feeling like himself in the heart of the order was a problem.

Freeman is expected to be good-to-go for spring training.