Recently-acquired starter J.A. Happ was sent home by the Yankees on Tuesday after it was revealed he contracted hand, foot, and mouth disease, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. That puts into question his upcoming scheduled start against the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Saturday. The Yankees enter Tuesday trailing the Red Sox by six games in the AL East.
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is more common in children than adults and is caused by Coxsackievirus A16 or Enterovirus 71. You may recall that Mets starter Noah Syndergaard had to be placed on the 10-day disabled list recently after picking it up, apparently at a youth camp he attended during the All-Star break.
Happ, 35, impressed in his Yankees debut, holding the Royals to a lone run on three hits and a walk with two strikeouts over six innings. On the season, Happ owns a 4.05 ERA with 132 strikeouts and 36 walks in 120 innings.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.