Gary Sánchez hits three two-run homers vs. Orioles

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Yankees catcher Gary Sánchez feasted on Orioles pitching on Sunday afternoon, blasting three two-run home runs in his team’s 15-3 win. The Yankees hit seven homers on the day, as Austin Romine, Gleyber Torres each hit one while Clint Frazier hit a pair of dingers himself.

Sánchez’s first round-tripper came in the third inning off of David Hess, doubling the Yankees’ lead to 4-0. He went yard again in the seventh off of Mike Wright, and a third time in the eighth against Dan Straily. He had 10 two-homer games but had never hit three homers in a game coming into Sunday’s action. Sánchez also set a personal single-game best with his six RBI. He knocked in five in a game on three different occasions.

Sánchez is the second player to enjoy a three-homer game this season, joining Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who went deep three times against the Brewers on March 29. There were 14 three-homer games in 2018.

After Sunday’s outburst, Sánchez is now batting .250/.333/.813 with six home runs and nine RBI in 36 plate appearances on the season. Nice.

MLB, union resume blood testing after pandemic, lockout

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NEW YORK – In the first acknowledgment that MLB and the players’ association resumed blood testing for human growth hormone, the organizations said none of the 1,027 samples taken during the 2022 season tested positive.

HGH testing stopped in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Testing also was halted during the 99-day lockout that ended in mid-March, and there were supply chain issues due to COVID-19 and additional caution in testing due to coronavirus protocols.

The annual public report is issued by Thomas M. Martin, independent program administrator of MLB’s joint drug prevention and treatment program. In an announcement accompanying Thursday’s report, MLB and the union said test processing is moving form the INRS Laboratory in Quebec, Canada, to the UCLA Laboratory in California.

MLB tests for HGH using dried blood spot testing, which was a change that was agreed to during bargaining last winter. There were far fewer samples taken in 2022 compared to 2019, when there were 2,287 samples were collected – none positive.

Beyond HGH testing, 9,011 urine samples were collected in the year ending with the 2022 World Series, up from 8,436 in the previous year but down from 9,332 in 2019. And therapeutic use exemptions for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder dropped for the ninth straight year, with just 72 exemptions in 2022.

Overall, the league issued six suspensions in 2022 for performance-enhancing substances: three for Boldenone (outfielder/first baseman Danny Santana, pitcher Richard Rodriguez and infielder Jose Rondon, all free agents, for 80 games apiece); one each for Clomiphene (Milwaukee catcher Pedro Severino for 80 games), Clostebol (San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. for 80 games) and Stanozolol (Milwaukee pitcher J.C. Mejia for 80 games).

There was an additional positive test for the banned stimulant Clobenzorex. A first positive test for a banned stimulant results in follow-up testing with no suspension.