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Video: Elvis Andrus steals home against Reds


Elvis Andrus‘ speed on the basepaths has been well-documented over the years, and during the first inning of Friday’s game against the Reds, he proved his prowess once again. Leading 1-0 with runners on the corners and two outs, the Rangers’ speedster hovered on third base while Rougned Odor faced off against Cincinnati right-hander Tyler Mahle. As Asdrúbal Cabrera broke for second base, catcher Curt Casali fired the ball up the middle, giving Andrus just enough time to sprint home and boost the Rangers’ lead with an insurance run.

While there was some dispute over the legitimacy of the stolen base — home plate ump Jerry Meals initially called Andrus out at the plate — the Rangers challenged the call and had it overturned.

It’s the second time Andrus has stolen home so far this season, and the sixth time he’s done it in his 11-year career in the majors. No other active player has recorded more steals of home so far, though the all-time mark set by Hall of Famer Ty Cobb (a jaw-dropping 54 steals in 24 seasons) may be an impossible one to beat at this point.

Following the inning, the Rangers worked up to a much more sizable advantage after breaking out with another four runs off of Odor’s grand slam in the fifth and a Delino DeShields sac fly in the sixth. They currently lead 7-0 in the eighth.

Indians to activate José Ramírez tomorrow

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Indians slugger José Ramírez broke the hamate bone on his right hand last month and had surgery on August 26 to repair it. At the time he was given the same schedule most hamate bone surgery recipients get: 5-7 weeks if all goes well. Apparently all has gone better-than-well for Ramírez, however, because the Indians are going to activate him tomorrow.

That’s good news for the Indians, who are in a dead heat with the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL’s second Wild Card with six games to go.

Ramírez, like his team, started the season slowly, but he had turned things on in July and August to help fuel Cleveland’s surge into playoff contention. He hit .320/.340/.680 with nine homers and 25 driven in in July and was hitting .321/.372/.705 with six homers and 20 driven in August when he went down. Basically, he had been a better version of the Ramírez who won the Silver Slugger Award and came in third in the MVP balloting in 2018, at least for those two months.

It’ll be interesting to see how rusty he is or if the surgery has sapped his power or bat speed. We’ll only have six games in which to see it, though.