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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.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.