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Billy McKinney placed on 10-day disabled list with shoulder sprain

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UPDATE, 6:59 PM ET: The Yankees placed McKinney on the 10-day disabled list and recalled Miguel Andujar to claim his roster spot.

Disaster struck in the first inning of Saturday’s contest between the Yankees and Blue Jays. Yankees left fielder fielder Billy McKinney, newly recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to cover for an injured Aaron Hicks, tracked a Josh Donaldson fly ball to left-center field and jammed his left shoulder into the fence at full force. He exited the field with trainers shortly after the crash and was later diagnosed with a left shoulder AC sprain.

Per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, McKinney was seen by an orthopedist in Toronto and his X-rays returned negative. That doesn’t mean he’s out of the woods quite yet, though. The team has yet to disclose the severity of his injury or his projected timetable for a return to the field.

Right now, their biggest concern will be filling another void in the outfield. Hoch points out that there are no more reserve outfielders lingering on the 40-man roster and, with Jacoby Ellsbury sidelined on the 10-day disabled list until April 5 — and Aaron Hicks and Clint Frazier out even longer — they’ll need to continue thinking outside the box to fill the holes in the roster. Ronald Torreyes, Tyler Wade and Tyler Austin all seem to be potential emergency outfield candidates for the time being, with Brandon Drury as a distant fourth.

Attempting to complete cycle, Robinson Chirinos thrown out to end game

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With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.

Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.

The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.

Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.