Blue Jays first baseman Rowdy Tellez absolutely destroyed a 92 MPH cut fastball from Red Sox starter Nathan Eovaldi in the third inning of Thursday night’s game in Boston. The two-run blast, which boosted the Jays’ lead to 5-0, was estimated at 505 feet by Statcast.
Statcast isn’t perfect, and that home run wasn’t actually 505 feet. It was still a blast of mammoth proportions. It appeared to carom off of the facing of the second deck in right field, a place few hitters have reached at Fenway Park.
Tellez, 24, now has three homers and six RBI on the season through 11 games.
The Nationals selected the contract of reliever George Kontos from the Atlantic League Long Island Ducks, per an official announcement on Saturday. The right-hander has been assigned to Triple-A Fresno, but could still make his season debut sometime before the first half of the season draws to a close.
Kontos, 33, hasn’t pitched in the majors since he took a handful of back-to-back-to-back gigs with the Pirates, Indians, and Yankees in 2018. He inked a minor league pact with the Cubs over the offseason, but failed to break camp with the team and was subsequently released in mid-April. He turned in seven strong innings for the Ducks since then, allowing one run and one walk and striking out six of 27 batters in six appearances.
Last year, the veteran reliever posted a combined 4.39 ERA, 2.4 BB/9, and 5.1 SO/9 over 26 2/3 innings. While he hasn’t pitched anywhere close to his career-best numbers in four years, he may still provide some valuable depth for the club, whose bullpen ranks 10th best in the league with a cumulative 4.59 ERA and 5.9 fWAR so far in 2019.