Twins catcher Mitch Garver has been fantastic this year, hitting at a .329/.418/.747 clip with nine homers. He was fantastic last night too, hitting a two-run homer and making a game-saving play at the plate by catching a Byron Buxton throw to nail a sliding Shohei Ohtani. If Buxton and Garver don’t make that play the game is tied and anything can happen.
Unfortunately something did happen on that play that was bad for the Twins: Ohtani slid into Garver’s planted foot and Garver limped away with a sprained ankle. It was a fantastic throw — and kudos to Garver for making the play — but that left foot is not supposed to do that:
Garver said after the game that he felt like he’d be feeling more pain than he was, but it might’ve just been adrenaline talking. The Twins will reevaluate him today. It would not be shocking if he had to go on the injured list. If he does, Jason Castro and Willians Astudillo, each of whom are having nice years at the plate themselves, will take over.
Yankees manager Aaron Boone has been suspended and fined for his actions during Thursday’s doubleheader against the Rays. Boone was ejected from Game 1 after making contact with home plate umpire Brennan Miller and will not be available to manage the Yankees during their series opener against the Rockies on Friday.
The ejection was triggered by a missed strikeout call in the second inning of Game 1, prompting Boone to run out to home plate and deliver one of his lengthier and more bizarre rants of the season. Incensed by Miller’s shaky grasp of the strike zone, Boone repeatedly referred to his players as “f***ing savages” and told the umpire to “tighten this s**t up.”
Exactly when the illicit contact came into play remains unclear, but crew chief Gerry Davis later commented on the situation and said Boone had crossed some boundaries during his tirade. Per MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch: “You’re not allowed to argue balls and strikes, so yeah. Yes he did [go too far]. That will all be in the report.”
In his own statements to the press, Boone defended his use of the word “savages,” claiming, “I always just want our guys all the time controlling the strike zone and making it hard on the pitchers. That’s something those guys take a lot of pride in as a lineup.” Several Yankees players, including Luke Voit and Aaron Judge, backed up the skipper’s decision to confront Miller as well, though Voit was the only player to explicitly support Boone’s use of the term.