Accountability has never been an issue for Cody Allen and he again stood to face the music after a tough 2-1 loss to the Rangers. In the ninth inning, Cleveland’s closer surrendered a two-out, go-ahead home run to Adrian Beltre, who drilled an elevated fastball into the left-field seats to hush the Progressive Field crowd.
Adrian Beltre’s 450th home run could not have come at a better time, as the third baseman’s solo shot off Indians closer Cody Allen in the top of the ninth proved to be the difference in the Rangers’ 2-1 win on Monday at Progressive Field.
On the day after Jake Burger was selected by the White Sox with the 11th pick overall in the 2017 MLB Draft, he received a call from franchise legend Paul Konerko.
White Sox reliever Zach Putnam underwent Tommy John surgery at the end of last week, as announced by general manager Rick Hahn on Monday, and will be sidelined for the next 12 to 18 months.
Brad Ausmus and his Tigers returned home on Tuesday to Comerica Park, where he said for the second time in the past week that he isn’t worried about his managerial job situation. Ausmus also said that his job status hasn’t come up in his talks with general manager Al Avila.
After Tigers center fielder Mikie Mahtook made an at-the-wall catch on a deep fly ball, he returned to the dugout and hugged Justin Verlander. Mahtook thought he’d owed Verlander one, after not tracking down a ball in the first inning that turned into a ground-rule double. Now they were even.
Miguel Cabrera’s three-run homer allowed Justin Verlander to rebound from a Royals rally in the first inning, sending Detroit to a 5-3 win on Tuesday night at Comerica Park.
Right-hander Ian Kennedy looks to continue a positive trend for himself and the Royals, while lefty Daniel Norris aims to help the Tigers secure a series win in Wednesday’s middle game at Comerica Park.
When Statcast™’s speed ratings hit Twitter on Tuesday, Royals players took notice. One who noticed the rankings was Whit Merrifield, who ranked the third fastest second baseman in baseball, based on Statcast™’s speed metric.
Royals catcher Drew Butera got the assignment of catching famed Oklahoma softball pitcher Paige Parker last week, when Parker was scheduled to throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Kauffman Stadium.
The Royals thought they had Justin Verlander right where they wanted him. But they missed several opportunities to punch a bigger hole in the game and that was costly in a 5-3 loss to the Tigers on Tuesday night in the series opener.