Red Sox DH J.D. Martinez hit his 200th career home run, belting a two-run homer off of David Hess in the top of the first inning of Tuesday night’s game against the Orioles. The dinger broke a scoreless tie.
Martinez is the 347th member of the 200 homer club. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo joined the club yesterday. A handful of other players are on the precipice of 200 homers, including Freddie Freeman (196), Nolan Arenado (195), Todd Frazier (195), Shin-Soo Choo (193), and Bryce Harper (190).
After Tuesday’s round-tripper, Martinez is batting .326/.396/.500 on the season with five homers, 20 RBI, and 19 runs scored in 149 plate appearances.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Rangers and pitcher Jordan Lyles have agreed to a contract. ESPN’s Jeff Passan provided the details, reporting that it is a two-year, $16 million deal.
Lyles, 29, split last season between the Pirates and Brewers, performing much better with the latter. Overall, he compiled a 4.15 ERA with a 146 strikeouts and 55 walks across 141 innings. It was a return to full-time starting for Lyles, who had performed mostly as a reliever from 2016-18.
The Rangers also inked Kyle Gibson to a three-year, $30 million contract last week. Gibson and Lyles will join a rotation that also includes Mike Minor and Lance Lynn as well as youngster Kolby Allard.