David Ortiz’s go-ahead home run that led to the Red Sox beating the Yankees, 4-2, on Friday night seemed big enough in the scope of a baseball game. But it turned out to have so much more meaning, particularly to a 5-year-old boy in Wyoming named Maverick Schutte.
Saturday afternoon’s game at Wrigley Field between the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves has been postponed because of inclement weather throughout the day.
Here’s a look back at the past week at MLBTR. Key Moves Marlins star Dee Gordon received an 80-game PED suspension. Top Prospect Promotions Tigers – P Michael Fulmer (link) Athletics – P Sean Manaea (link) Twins – P Jose Berrios (link) Braves – P Aaron Blair (link) Claimed Diamondbacks – P Edwin Escobar (from Red Sox) Orioles – P David Hale (from Rockies) Designated For Assignment Diamondbacks – P Matt Buschmann (link) Indians – P Ross Detwiler (link) Padres – P Cory Mazzoni (link) Outrighted Braves – P Danny Burawa (link) Marlins – P Chris Narveson (link) Phillies – OF Cedric Hunter (link) Reds – P Tim Melville (link) Released Rangers – P Burke Badenhop (link) Reds – P Ryan Mattheus (link) Retired P Grant Balfour (link) OF David Murphy (link) Key Minor League Signings Orioles – P Wandy Rodriguez (link) Twins – P Andrew Albers (link)
Felix Hernandez threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings and Seth Smith belted a decisive homer to give the Mariners a 1-0 win over the Royals in Friday night’s series opener at Safeco Field.
Former Dodger Matt Kemp launched a towering three-run homer on an 0-2 pitch from Chris Hatcher with one out in the eighth inning to help the Padres snap a five-game losing streak on Friday night with a 5-1 win over the Dodgers, whose tailspin reached five straight losses.
Tim Healey of The Hardball Times paints a fascinating portrait of an oddball deal in a deep look at the Red Sox’ 2006 re-acquisition of catcher Doug Mirabelli from the Padres. Truth be told, I don’t have any observations on the piece other than that it demands to be read and is well worth your time. Here are a few notes from the AL East: MLB Network’s Jon Heyman tweets that while he believes Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista would take less than his reported asking price of more than $150MM over five to six years, he doesn’t believe Bautista would entertain any offers for less than $100MM. Bautista’s alleged asking price was the source of a great deal of controversy in Spring Training, and while $150MM+ doesn’t seem particularly realistic, he would probably have a strong case for $100MM on the open market this winter. Bautista may be 35, but he’s been remarkably consistent since his 2010 breakout and is off to a strong start, batting .247/.394/.519 with four homers and an AL-leading 20 walks drawn. In other extension-related news, the Rays have not seriously engaged with center fielder Kevin Kiermaier about a deal over the last several months, according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation (Twitter link). Nevertheless, Tampa Bay has given some indication of interest at some point.
The Blue Jays used four solo home runs Friday night en route to a 6-1 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field.
After giving Sean Manaea his first start tonight, the Athletics will recall right-hander Jesse Hahn from Triple-A Nashville to start tomorrow’s game against the Astros, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The 26-year-old spent much of the 2015 season in Oakland’s rotation after coming over from the Padres in the Derek Norris trade, but his season was cut short by an injured right flexor tendon and a woeful Spring Training landed him in Triple-A. Hahn has recorded a 2.04 ERA in four starts with Nashville this season, though he hasn’t been as dominant as that mark might initially suggest. Hahn has lasted a total of 17 2/3 innings in those four outings with a 13-to-9 K/BB ratio. More from the American League… The Athletics’ rotation has struggled of late, and now right-hander Chris Bassitt is heading to the DL after seeing his velocity dip from 92-94 mph to 89-90 mph in his most recent start. He’s been diagnosed with an elbow sprain, Slusser tweets, but there are some worrying indications. As MLB.com’s Jane Lee reports, Bassitt says he’s struggling with more than just his velocity, and indicated that he’s been quietly dealing with elbow discomfort for some time. “I didn’t want to say anything because I’ve worked harder than I ever have this offseason,” Bassitt said. “I felt so excited and prepared going into this season, and for this to happen, it really sucks.
Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano hasn’t hit for a high average in April, but manager Scott Servais is plenty happy with the production. Cano entered Friday leading the American League in RBIs (24) and home runs (eight).
Kevin Cash got ejected from Friday night’s Blue Jays-Rays contest at Tropicana Field.