Ruben Tejada’s home run stayed inside the park. It was Domonic Brown who didn’t.
The Yankees hit five home runs in support of Masahiro Tanaka as the right-hander defeated the Red Sox for the third time in as many starts this season, pitching into the seventh inning of a 13-8 victory on Wednesday at Fenway Park.
Wilmer Flores flew home to Venezuela on Wednesday to be with his ailing grandfather, with plans to return to the Mets on Friday in Miami. With Flores gone, Ruben Tejada started at shortstop against the Phillies.
Albert Pujols lined a two-run homer in the second inning against A’s ace Sonny Gray at the Coliseum on Wednesday, giving him 35 on the year and 555 for his career.
Rookie left-hander Adam Conley minimized damage over five innings, giving up three runs, and Marcell Ozuna provided some insurance with a two-run homer in the Marlins’ 7-3 win over the Braves on Wednesday afternoon at Turner Field.
First baseman Jesus Montero, who hit .200 in 25 games for the Mariners over the past two months, was optioned to Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday so that he can get some at-bats in the final week of the Rainiers’ season.
The August 31st trade deadline — for adding players to an organization who will be eligible for the post-season — is not nearly as celebrated as the July 31st version. To be sure, most significant deals occur at the earlier date, since thereafter players must clear revocable waivers (or be claimed by the acquiring team) to be dealt. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t relevant. This year, several clubs were in competition to add outfield options as September approached. On deadline day alone, five players who figure as platoon/reserve options changed hands.
The Marlins will ask manager Dan Jennings to relinquish his managerial role and return to the GM position he occupied previously, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports. That’s largely a confirmation of expectations at this point — Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported that was highly likely in early August. The more intriguing elements of the situation appear still to be sorted out. Yesterday, a report from the Herald’s Clark Spencer indicated that Miami has a lot of internal tension. Per the report, Jennings could end up as GM, in another front office role, or out of the organization altogether. And there are shakeups in the offing in the club’s scouting and player development departments. Here’s more on the still-developing front office landscape around the league: Jennings has “strong interest” in pursuing the Mariners‘ open GM position, Rosenthal adds.
A pair of Nationals prospects stole the show Tuesday night as Austin Voth dominated on the mound for Double-A Harrisburg while Matt Skole paced Triple-A Syracuse’s offense with two home runs.