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Carlos Santana’s walk-off homer gives Indians sole possession of first place in AL Central

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Indians first baseman Carlos Santana played the hero on Sunday, hitting a 10th-inning grand slam as the Indians moved into a tie for first place with the Twins in the AL Central. He was the hero once again on Monday, hitting a walk-off solo home run to give the Indians sole possession of first place for the first time since April 17.

Santana was 3-for-4 on the night, singling twice and drawing a walk prior to his fateful at-bat leading off the ninth inning. He worked a 2-2 count against Marcus Walden before depositing an 85 MPH slider over the high fence in left-center field.

After Monday’s effort, Santana is now hitting .286/.408/.531 with 26 home runs, 71 RBI, and 83 runs scored in 503 plate appearances. The surging Indians, meanwhile, have won nine of their last 11 games.

Carlos Martínez underwent ‘small procedure’ on right shoulder

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Cardinals president of baseball operations John Mozeliak confirmed on Sunday, to KMOX/1120 AM and StlToday.com, that pitcher Carlos Martínez underwent a “small procedure” to address discomfort in his right shoulder and encourage healing as well as a platelet-rich plasma injection.

Martínez, 28, began experiencing shoulder issues in 2018 which impacted his ability to pitch deep into games. Upon his return from the injured list in late August that year, the club moved him into the bullpen. He remained in the bullpen for 2019, making his season debut in May, and had a successful year, racking up 24 saves with a 3.17 ERA and a 53/18 K/BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings.

Martínez wants to start again and the Cardinals have said they will afford him the opportunity. He is expected to be on track to participate in spring training as usual.