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Game 35. Yanks beat Orioles 6-2.

Luis Severino gave up just one hit over six innings and the Yankees hit 3 HR as they beat Baltimore Monday night 6-2. The win improves the Yankees’ record to 26-9.

The Yanks got a run in the top of the third inning when with one out, Josh Donadson singled, and a forceout later, Giancarlo Stanton doubled home Anthony Rizzo.

In the fourth inning, Jose Trevino hit his first HR of the season, a 3-run shot, to put the Yanks up 4-0.

The only hit off Severino was a fourth inning HR by Anthony Santander.

In the ninth, Donaldson (5) and RIzzo (10) hit back-to-back HRs to put the Yankees up 6-1.

Santander hit his second HR of the game in the bottom of the ninth off of Aroldis Chapman. Final score 6-2. Santander had two of Baltimore’s three hits in the game, and both of his hits were homers.

Donaldson 3 hits, solo HR (5)
Rizzo solo HR (10)
Torres 2 hits
Trevino 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (1)

Severino (W, 3-0) 6 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 2 W, 7 K. 1 HBP. Gave up 1 HR. 3.63
Loaisiga (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 5.52
Green (H, 3) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 3.14
Chapman 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.13

C Ben Rortvedt has a knee injury now (before had oblique rib strain). The knee may require surgery.

Game 33. White Sox walk-off Yanks, 3-2.

You can’t win them all, and the Yankees (24-9) did win 17 of their previous 19 games.

Dallas Keuchel has always given the Yankees fits, going back to the former CYA winner’s days with Houston. He gave the Yanks fits again Saturday night, tossing five shutout innings as the White Sox beat the Yankees 3-2, walking it off with a run in the bottom of the ninth.

Yankees starter Jordan Montgomery kept the Yanks in the game despite struggling, giving up a run in the first inning and a solo HR to Yoan Moncada in the third.

The Yanks loaded the bases with two out in the top of the fifth, but Anthony Rizzo grounded out.

With one out in the eighth, they pushed across a run on three consecutive singles—by Aaron Judge, Rizzo and the RBI by Giancarlo Stanton. But they could not tack on as both Josh Donaldson and Gleyber Torres then struck out.

The Yanks tied it up in the top of the ninth. Joey Gallo led off with a walk and Isiah Kiner-Falefa (IKF) singled. IKF stole second. Kyle Higashioka hit a SF to tie the game but IKF made a baserunning blunder and got thrown out at third.

No one is perfect, and I think all Yankees fans have been spoiled by how easy Mariano Rivera made it look. Aroldis Chapman comes with more drama than Mariano did. Most of the time Chapman gets out of it, but not without drama. Mo made getting the last outs look so easy. Last night Chapman couldn’t get out of it, as with one out, he gave up a single, walk, then another single that won the game for Chicago, 3-2.

Stanton 3 hits, RBI
Kiner-Falefa 2 hits

Montgomery 4 1/3 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 3 W, 4 K. 2 WP. Gave up 1 HR. 3.06
Schmidt 2 2/3 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.82
Holmes 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 0.52
Chapman (L, 0-1) 1/3 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 W, 0 K. 1.54

Ex-MLB pitcher David West passed away at the age of 57. He pitched for the Mets, Phillies, Twins and Red Sox from 1988-1998. He was 31-18, 4.66 in his career, ERA+ 89. He was part of the 1988 Mets that lost in the NLCS, the 1991 Twins team that won the WS and also the 1993 Phillies team that lost the WS and also the 1998 Red Sox who made the postseason. He was 1-0, 10.61 in ten postseason games. One thing that is bothersome is how many ex-Phillies all have died from brain cancer. Was something fishy about the Vet? Was, for example, too much asbestos in the home clubhouse or something? I dont know but the number of ex-Phils all succumbing to brain cancer is alarming.







Game 32. 10-4, Good buddy! Yankees win 17th of last 19 games behind 4 HR.

The Yankees (24-8) won for the 17th time in their last 19 games, beating the Chicago White Sox 10-4 Friday night.

The Yankees hit 4 HR in the game, and Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton did it again, and became the third pair of Yankees teammates to each have 10 or more HR in the team’s first 32 games of a season, following Ruth and Gehrig in 1930 and Mantle and Berra in 1956.

Before the game, Luis Gil sent back down, Clarke Schmidt brought up.

Stanton got the ball rolling with a 2-run HR in the first inning (10).

Yankees’ starter Gerrit Cole got out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the bottom of the first. In the top of the second, the Yanks scored three runs, and with Cole on the mound, you knew that was the ballgame. With one out, Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled, and Jose Trevino then singled IKF to third. Aaron Hicks doubled in IKF and Trevino scored on a groundout by D.J. LeMahieu. After Judge walked, Josh Donaldson doubled in Hicks to make the score 5-0.

Judge hit a solo HR, his MLB leading 12th, in the top of the fourth to make the score 6-0.

Chicago got a run in the bottom of the fourth when Cole balked home a run.

Joey Gallo homered in the top of the fourth (4) to put the Yanks up 7-1.

Cole gave up a 2-run HR in the bottom of the sixth and the White Sox had cut the score to 7-3.

In the top of the ninth, with one out, Judge singled and Donaldson hit a 2-run HR (4), to make it 9-3. Stanton and Gleyber Torres followed with singles, then Joey Gallo loaded the bases with another single. IKF hit a SF to make it 10-3.

Chicago got a run off of Michael King in the bottom of the ninth. Final score, 10-4.

Judge 2 hits, solo HR (12) Leads MLB in HR
Donaldson 2 hits, 3 RBI. 2-run HR (4)
Stanton 2 hits, 2 RBI. 2-run HR (10)
Torres 2 hits
Gallo 2 hits, solo HR (4)
Kiner-Falefa (IKF) 2 hits, RBI

Cole (W, 3-0) 6 1/3 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 W, 9 K. 1 WP. 1 balk. Gave up 1 HR. 2.95
King 2 2/3 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 0 W, 2 K. 1.59

With the win, the Yankees have a 4 1/2 game lead over Tampa Bay in the AL East, and are 7 1/2 up on third place Toronto. They have the best record in baseball.



Game 31. Yanks’ bats explode in 15-7 win over White Sox.

Before the game, Luis Gil was brought up and Ron Marinaccio sent down. The move was made because the Yanks needed an emergency starter after the rains last week forced a doubleheader last Sunday.

I was a bit concerned about the move because Gil, although he did ok with the Yanks last year, wasn’t brought up on merit, but because his turn in the rotation lined up. After all, his ERA at SWB was 9.53. I was hoping for a few innings, and for him to keep us in the game. Which is what Gil did. And it was a good night for the Yankees bats to explode as they (23-8) beat the White Sox 15-7.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a 2-run HR in the top of the first after a D.J. LeMahieu double. He was just warming up.

Gil gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the second as the White Sox took a 3-2 lead.

The Yanks came right back with three runs in the third to go up 5-3. With one out, Aaron Judge walked, Anthony Rizzo tripled him home and Stanton hit another 2-run HR (9).

With two out in the top of the fourth, Kyle HIgashioka singled and then LeMahieu doubled him home. 6-3.

A walk, a couple of singles and a WP by Gil let Chicago score in the bottom of the fourth and it was 6-4.

Judge hit his 11th HR, a 456-ft. blast, to make it 7-4 in the top of the seventh.

Even though the Yanks are now 23-8, everything isn’t clicking on all cylinders (Scary isn’t it?). Jonathan Loaisiga is not the Loaisiga of last year, and that is very concerning. Of all the bullpen guys outside of Marinaccio, Loaisiga has performed the worst so far. He gave up a 3-run HR that tied the game at 7 in the bottom of the seventh. Loaisiga had a 2.17 ERA last year, when he may have been the Yanks’ best reliever, but now it is 5.93. I hope nothing is physically wrong but he needs to get straightened out.

The Yanks exploded for seven runs in the top of the eighth, and it all happened with two out. Three straight walks, to Marwin Gonzalez, PH Gleyber Torres, and LeMahieu, loaded the bases. Judge got an infield single to make it 9-7, and put runners on first and second. A PB moved the runners up. Rizzo walked to load the bases, and Stanton singled in two runs to complete a six-RBI night for him and make the score 11-7. Josh Donaldson then hit a 3-run HR (3) to make it 14-7.

In the ninth, Judge hit a SF with the bases loaded to make it 15-7.

LeMahieu 3 hits, RBI
Judge 2 hits, 4 RBI. Solo HR (MLB LEADING 11th)
Stanton 3 hits, 6 RBI. Two 2-run homers (9)
Donaldson 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (3)
Higashioka 2 hits.

Gil 4 IP, 4 R, 5 H, 2 W, 5 K. 1 WP 9.00
Castro 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1.46
Luetge (H, 3) 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.66
Loaisiga (W, 1-1; BS, 1) 1 IP, 2 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 5.93
Green 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 3.38



Game 29. Judge walks off Blue Jays, 6-5.

Aaron Judge hit a 3-run HR with one out in the bottom of the ninth to defeat Toronto Tuesday night, 6-5.

George Springer led off the game by homering off of Yankees’ starter Luis Severino. Toronto got two more runs off of Severino in the second inning.

The Yanks didn’t get a hit until the bottom of the sixth. Down 3-0, D.J. LeMahieu led off the inning with a double, and Judge reached on an infield single. After Anthony Rizzo flied out to moved D.J. to third, Giancarlo Stanton homered (7) to tie the game.

After that HR, Josh Donaldson was hit by a pitch, and Toronto pitcher Yimi Garcia and pitching coach Pete Walker were both ejected. Later in the game, Toronto manager Charlie Montoyo was also ejected.

Toronto got two runs in the top of the eighth to go up 5-3 and the Yanks went into the bottom of the ninth looking up at that score.

With one out in the bottom of the ninth, both Jose Trevino and LeMahieu drew walks. Judge then crushed his tenth HR of the season, a 450 ft. shot, to win the game.

The Yanks are now 21-8, four games up on Tampa Bay and five up on Toronto. The offense is still not clicking, as they are hitting .237. But that .237 is still good for 4th in the AL. They are 2nd in HR, 3rd in OBP, 2nd in Slugging, 2nd in OPS and the OPS+ is 116. The pitching has been carrying them. The ERA of 2.59 is best in the AL, and the ERA+ is 142. (100 is average).

Judge 2 hits, 3 RBI. GW 3-run HR (10) Leads MLB in HR.
Stanton 2 hits, 3 RBI. 3-run HR (7).

Severino 4 2/3 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 W, 8 K. Gave up 1 HR. 4.08
Castro 1 1/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 4 K. 1 HBP. 1.59
Loaisiga 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 1 W, 0 K. 4.97
Green 1 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 3.97
Peralta (W, 1-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 1.64

John Cumberland, briefly a Yankee from 1968-1970, passed away April 5 at the age of 74. Cumberland was with the Yankees 1968-1970, Giants 1970-1972, Cardinals 1972, and Angels 1974. As a Yankee, in 18 games, 8 starts, he was 3-4, 4.11, ERA+ 87. For his career, he was 15-16, 3.82, ERA+ 92. He started and lost Game 2 of the 1971 NLCS for the Giants.

Games 26 & 27. Yanks split a DH with Texas.

Before the Mother’s Day DH against Texas, a couple of moves. Tim Locastro goes on the IL with a back injury, and with the Yanks playing 23 games in 22 days, Ron Marinaccio was brought up. Also, for the DH only, Estevan Florial was brought up.

The Yanks (19-8) didn’t hit much Sunday, and split a DH with Texas.

Game 1: Gleyber Torres hit a walkoff HR (4) in the bottom of the ninth as the Yanks won 2-1. The Yanks didn’t get a hit until the sixth inning, when Aaron Judge singled, Anthony Rizzo singled Judge to third, and Giancarlo Stanton hit a SF.

With one out in the top of the seventh, Gerrit Cole gave up a HR to the last batter he faced (pitch #114. One batter too many? But then Cole did strike out the previous hitter on three pitches) and the score was tied. Torres led off the bottom of the ninth with his game-winning blow. The Yanks only had five hits in this game.

Torres 2 hits, RBI. Solo GW HR (4)

Cole 6 1/3 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 W, 10 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2.67
Loaisiga 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 4.63
Holmes (W, 3-0) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.64

Game 2: Michael King has been great all year, but maybe he was due for a clunker. Yanks lose 4-2.

The Yanks only had three hits in this game. They took a 2-0 lead in the third inning on a 2-run HR by Giancarlo Stanton (6).

Yankees’ starter Jordan Montgomery gave up a HR in the top of the sixth and Texas had cut the Yanks’ lead to 2-1.

In the seventh, Montgomery gave up a leadoff double. King came in and gave up a walk, but then got a strikeout and a forceout. It looked like King was going to get out of it and would be the dominating King we have seen all year. But then a WP tied the game, and on the next pitch, King gave up a 2-run HR that made it 4-2 Texas, and that turned out to be the final score.

Stanton 2-run HR (6)

Montgomery 6+ IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 HBP 2.90
King (L, 2-1; BS, 1) 1 1/3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 w, 3 K. Gave up 1 HR. 1 WP 1.42
Peralta 1 2/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.80

Spoiler Alert: I’ll post the minor league games of Sunday tomorrow, but you know how I’ve been writing about AA pitcher Ken Waldichuk. Check out what he did today. If no time, check my report tomorrow.



Game 24. Eleven is Heaven! Yanks win 11th in a row, 9-1 over Toronto.

Alek Manoah is always tough on the Yankees, but once he left the game, the Yankees (18-6) teed off on Toronto relievers, and beat Toronto 9-1 Tuesday night.

The win was the Yankees’ 11th in a row. They lead Toronto by 3 1/2 in the AL East.

Toronto scored first, getting their only run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Aaron Judge hit a 427 ft. HR (9) to tie the game in the top of the sixth. A nice note: The Toronto fan who caught the ball gave it to a youngster wearing a Judge jersey. A nice moment. A few weeks ago, some of the Bleacher Creatures embarrassed Yankee fans with their behavior. It only takes a few to spoil it for thousands. I hope those few took note about how fans SHOULD act. Nice gesture by the fan up in Toronto.

The Yanks exploded for six runs in the top of the seventh, with maybe some help from the umpires. Giancarlo Stanton led off the inning by reaching on an error. Toronto challenged the call (Vlad Guerrero Jr. coming off the bag at first on a throwing error by Bo Bichette) but lost the call and their ability to appeal future calls. Josh Donaldson doubled Stanton home to make the score 2-1, Yankees. After Gleyber Torres struck out, Marwin Gonzalez doubled home Donaldson. 3-1. Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled to put runners on first and third. On a groundball by Jose Trevino, Gonzalez got caught in a rundown, but wound up scoring. Toronto argued two things: that he was tagged out by Guerrero, and that Gonzalez was out of the baseline. Since they lost their appeal rights on the previous play, it could not go to review and they lost this one too. 4-1. Men on second and third. Aaron Hicks then singled in Kiner Falefa, with Trevino stopping at third. 5-1. Judge then doubled in both baserunners. 7-1.

In the top of the ninth, Stanton hit a 442 ft. 2-run HR (5) to make it 9-1, which wound up as the final score.

Hicks 2 hits, RBI
Judge 2 hits, 3 RBI. Solo HR (9). Tied with Rizzo for MLB lead in HR.
Stanton 2-run HR (5)
Gonzalez 2 hits, RBI

Taillon (W, 2-1) 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 0 W, 4 K. 2.84
Peralta 1 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 W, 1 K. 2.16
Castro 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.80
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 1 K. 4.15

Game 20. Yanks blast 4 HR in 12-2 8-inning blowout of KC for seventh straight win.

The Yanks (14-6) jumped out to an early 3-0 first inning lead on back-to-back homers by Anthony Rizzo and Giancarlo Stanton and never trailed as they won their seventh straight game, 12-2 over Kansas City, in a game shortened to eight innings because of rain.

The Yanks hit four homers in the game.

D.J. LeMahieu led off the game with a double, and one out later, Rizzo hit his MLB leading ninth HR of the season. Stanton followed with his fourth HR of the season and the Yanks were up 3-0.

KC got a run in the bottom of the first off of “Nasty” Nestor Cortes, and an unearned run (Due to a PB by C Kyle Higashioka) in the second to cut the Yanks lead to 3-2.

It stayed that way until the top of the seventh, when the Yanks broke the game open. With one out, Isiah Kiner-Falefa singled, and with two out, Higashioka walked. A single by LeMahieu made it 4-2, and Aaron Judge then hit a 3-run HR (6) to put the Yanks up 7-2.

The Yanks scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning. Stanton singled and Joey Gallo PR for him. Gleyber Torres followed with a 2-run HR (2) to make it 9-2. Aaron Hicks was HBP and Kiner-Falefa singled Hicks to second. Tim Locastro reached on an error, loading the bases, then Higashioka cleared the bases with a 3-run double. That may be an important hit for Higashioka, who had a great spring training but who has struggled mightily in the early going, and who could be losing his starting job to Jose Trevino.

After the eighth inning, the rains came and there was a delay before the game was called. I understand wanting to give the Royals their chance to come back, and don’t know how long the delay was before the game was called, but with the score at 12-2, common sense needs to prevail and let all go out and get some KC BBQ.

LeMahieu 2 hits, RBI
Judge 3-run HR (6)
Rizzo 2-run HR (9) Leads MLB in HR
Stanton 2 hits, RBI. Solo HR (4)
Torres 2-run HR (2)
Kiner-Falefa 2 hits
Higashioka 3 RBI

Cortes (W, 1-0) 5 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 8 H, 0 W, 3 K. 1.31
Loaisiga (H, 4) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 0 K. 6.00
Green 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 3.86
Luetge 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 W, 1 K. 4.91

Notes: Even though the team batting average is .249, that is still 4th in the league. Batting averages are down, and the average team MLB batting average is somewhere between .230 and .235. In fact, the Phillies were no-hit by five Mets’ pitchers last night. The Yanks do lead the AL in HR with 29, and are second in runs scored, slugging and OPS (OPS+ 123) and third in total bases and OBP.

The pitching so far has been fabulous, and who’d have thought that with all five starters having made four starts each, that the best starter, with the lowest ERA and the most strikeouts, would be Cortes? Meanwhile who would have thought that the starter with the highest ERA so far would be Cole? The Yanks lead the AL in ERA at 2.84, have given up the least amount of HR, and their pitchers have the most strikeouts. The ERA+ is 134 (100 is average).

Aaron Hicks returned from paternity leave, after becoming father to a baby boy.

Game 18. Stanton and Gallo HR in Yanks’ 5-2 win. Fifth win in a row.

The Yankees once again got great pitching, and both Giancarlo Stanton and Joey Gallo homered to lead the Yanks (12-6) to their fifth win in a row, 5-2 over Baltimore.

Stanton started the scoring with a 2-run HR (3) in the first inning. It was the 350th of his career.

Jordan Montgomery threw five shutout innings but gave up a game-tying 2-run HR in the sixth inning.

In the bottom of the sixth, D.J. LeMahieu led off with a walk. One out later, Anthony Rizzo singled D.J. to third, and Stanton brought home D.J. with a SF.

In the bottom of the seventh, Gallo homered (2) and later in the inning, Isiah Kiner-Falefa scored on a WP.

Michael King was once again fabulous in relief, as was Clay Holmes.

Aaron Judge 2 hits
Stanton 2 hits, 3 RBI. 2-run HR (3) #350 of career.
Gallo solo HR (2)

Montgomery 5 2/3 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 0 W, 4 K. Gave up 1 HR. 2 HBP. 2.70
King (W, 2-0) 2 1/3 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 1 W, 2 K. 0.69
Holmes (S, 2) 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 W, 2 K. 0.93



Game 17. Yanks (11-6) win slugfest 12-8 behind 5 HR, 3 by Rizzo.

Back after a ten-day vacation visiting my sis across the country. Some comments at end of article.

Anthony Rizzo hit three of the Yanks (11-6) five homeruns in the Yanks’ 12-8 win over Baltimore Tuesday night. Luis Severino pitched 5 1/3 hitless, shutout innings before tiring, and the Yankees’ bullpen made things nervously close.

Rizzo hit a 3-run HR in the third to start the scoring. Joey Gallo hit his first HR of the season to make it 4-0 in the fourth. Rizzo’s second HR of the game, a 2-run HR, made it 6-0 in the fifth.

After losing his no-hit bid, Severino walked the next hitter then gave up a 3-run HR and Baltimore had cut the lead to 6-3. The Orioles scored another run in the top of the seventh to close the score to 6-4.

In the bottom of the seventh, D.J. LeMahieu led off with a single and Aaron Judge singled D.J. to third. Rizzo walked to load the bases. Giancarlo Stanton singled in one run, and after Josh Donaldson struck out, Gleyber Torres tripled to clear the bases and make the score 10-4.

Baltimore made things uncomfortable again, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth, three on a HR given up by Jonathan Loaisiga (who has been struggling lately) to cut the score to 10-8.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Yanks got back-to-back homers by Judge (4) and Rizzo (8) to make it 12-8, which wound up being the final score.

LeMahieu 2 hits
Judge 2 hits, RBI, solo HR (4)
Rizzo 3 hits, all HR (8), 6 RBI Now leads majors in HR
Stanton 2 hits, RBI
Torres 3 RBI
Gallo solo HR (1)

Severino (W, 2-0) 6 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 2 W, 5 K. Gave up 1 HR. 3.32
Holmes (H, 5) 1 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 W, 1 K. 1.04
Luetge 2/3 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 0 W, 0 K. 1 HBP. 6.00
Loaisiga 1/3 IP, 1 R, 1 H, 0 W, 0 K. Gave up 1 HR. 8.10
Chapman 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 2 W, 2 K. 0.00

A few notes on the games while I was away. A disappointing weekend in Baltimore, where the Yanks lost two of three. So far the pitching (except for last night) has carried the team. In the first 13 games of the season, the Yanks were shut out three times, and in another game, they only scored one run in an eleventh inning loss. Higashioka, Gallo, and Stanton have been struggling. Now in the last two games, they have scored ten and twelve runs, so maybe the bats are waking up. The team batting average is .242, meanwhile the team ERA of 2.85 leads the league. A good thing is Severino looking like the Severino of old. Meanwhile, Nestor Cortes, Jr. and Mike King have been great.

Tim Locastro was brought up, and J.P. Sears sent down. Miguel Andujar was brought up because Aaron Hicks is out on paternity leave. There will be some more moves coming because those extra players allowed because of the shortened spring training will have to be lopped off the roster after Sunday’s games.

One thing I didn’t know until a few days ago is that EACH MLB team is now using humidors for the baseballs. Before, because of the light air and the way balls fly out, only teams like Colorado were doing so. The humidor helps to deaden the baseballs.

Congrats in order to Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera, who became only the seventh player to have 3000 hits and 500 HR in his career. The other six are Aaron, Mays, A-Rod, Pujols, Palmeiro and Murray.