Game 2 of the American League Division Series got off to a rousing start on Saturday. Edwin Encarnación drove an RBI single to put the Yankees on the board in the first inning, and Giancarlo Stanton and Gleyber Torres combined for another two runs off of Twins’ starter Randy Dobnak in the third. The real powerhouse play, however, came later that inning.
The Twins lifted Dobnak for Tyler Duffey as things started to go south, and by the time Didi Gregorius stepped to the plate, the bases were loaded with just one out. Gregorius worked a 1-2 count against the right-handed reliever, then plucked a 94-m.p.h. fastball from the top of the strike zone and sent it zipping back out past the right field foul pole for a grand slam.
The timing couldn’t have been better. It was Gregorius’ third grand slam of the year and first in the postseason, making him the first Yankees player with a playoff slam since Robinson Canó in 2011.
The Yankees currently lead the Twins 8-1 in the fourth.
ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.
Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.
This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.
With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.