Orioles shortstop Jonathan Villar hit for the cycle on Monday night at home against the Yankees. He struck out in his first at-bat before hitting a triple followed by a double and a two-run home run. He singled to right field in the bottom of the ninth inning to complete the cycle.
Villar, 28, is the first Oriole to hit for the Cycle since Félix Pie on August 14, 2009 against the Angels. It’s the fifth cycle this season as Jorge Polanco, Shohei Ohtani, Jake Bauers, and Trea Turner have also accomplished the feat.
After his 4-for-5 effort in Monday’s 9-6 loss, Villar is batting .267/.331/.437 with 15 home runs, 51 RBI, 74 runs scored, and 24 stolen bases in 486 plate appearances. Not bad for a guy the Orioles got along with two other players from the Brewers in a trade just ahead of the deadline on July 31 last year.
A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.
MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.
The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.
St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.
There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.
Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.
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