A preview of what’s happening around the majors on Saturday:
FLABBERGASTED AT FENWAY
Jarren Duran and the Red Sox will try to shake off what happened at Fenway Park, where Toronto went wild with a grand slam inside the park thanks to Duran’s mistake and negligence.
The Blue Jays broke the franchise record for runs in a game when they scored their 25th in the fifth inning. Raimel Tapia’s inside-the-parker represented four unusual runs.
Tapia hit a fly to the center in the third inning, and Duran took a few steps back, then a few steps, then raised his hands in confusion. Fans groaned as the ball landed on the warning track behind him.
Duran walked slowly to the ball as left fielder Alex Verdugo ran, slid to pick it up, and fired it into the infield. The home relay was nowhere near catching Tapia, who picked up speed when he realized Duran had lost the ball.
Duran, 25, in his second major league season, entered the game in a 2-for-30 drop.
Justin Verlander makes his fifth start of the season against Seattle and is aiming for his 13th major league win.
The 39-year-old Houston ace was dominant in his return from Tommy John surgery, going 12-3 with a 1.89 ERA. He was selected for his ninth team all-star, but didn’t pitch Tuesday night at Dodger Stadium.
Verlander has won four straight starts, allowing just two earned runs in 27 innings. He’s 3-1 against the Mariners this year before that outing in Seattle.
Right-hander Logan Gilbert (10-3, 2.76) starts for the Mariners.
NEWCOMER FROM NEW YORK
The Newfoundland-leading Mets added a much-needed designated hitter bat, getting former All-Star Daniel Vogelbach from Pittsburgh in a trade for rookie reliever Colin Holderman.
The burly Vogelbach is a left-handed hitter who batted .228 with 12 homers, 34 RBIs and a .769 OPS in 75 games with the rebuilding Pirates.
New York got little production at DH from JD Davis and injured Dominic Smith. At the time of the trade, Davis, a right-handed hitter, was batting .234 with three home runs, 19 RBIs and a .670 OPS in 62 games. A left-handed hitter, Smith has batted .194 with no home runs, 17 RBIs and a .560 OPS in 58 games.
Holderman, 26, is 4-0 with a 2.04 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 15 appearances spanning 17 2/3 innings.
Hoping to make a second-half push, the White Sox will be without center fielder Luis Robert after putting him on the 10-day disabled list with blurred vision.
General manager Rick Hahn said the team was “cautiously optimistic”. The slugger and Gold Glove winner will be ready to return when the White Sox open a three-game series against Oakland on July 29.
Robert left Chicago’s win over division leader Minnesota on July 15 in the second inning due to dizziness. He had trouble seeing far and jumping on balls, Hahn said. Robert then missed the final two games before the All-Star break.
Robert is batting .301 with 12 home runs and 54 RBIs in 74 games.
Robert missed time in May due to COVID-19. But Hahn said he would “hate to speculate” if those symptoms stem from his battle with the coronavirus.
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