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There is a full slate of baseball on the schedule Sunday as the weekend comes to a close. Here is our daily recap post of the day in the baseball.
After the grim news about Adam Eaton’s knee injury, the Nats on Sunday found themselves in need of a bit of uplift. Let’s just say they got it at the expense of the rival Mets. In case you missed it up top, the Nats keelhauled the Mets by a score of 23-5. As you would expect when a team hangs 23 on the board, a lot of hitters enjoyed fruitful days. In particular, Washington third baseman Anthony Rendon couldn’t and wouldn’t stop …
Yeesh. And now for some relevant moving pictures …
Suffice it to say, that was a legendary performance by Rendon. Framed another way, Rendon entered Sunday’s tilt with a disappointing 2017 slash line of .226/.316/.250. After the bestowals above, he lifted that line to .278/.356/.411 — i.e., downright solid overall numbers. But wait!: There’s more …
- Rendon’s 10 RBI is a Nationals record.
- Rendon became the first player since at least 1913 (the back end of searchable data) to go 6 for 6 with three homers and 10 RBI.
- He became the first player in almost a decade to notch 10 RBI in a game (Garret Anderson of the Angels was the last, on Aug. 21, 2007).
- Rendon is now one of just three hitters to rack up at least 16 total bases and 10 RBI in the same game.
Did Anthony Rendon have a good game? Yea and also verily, Anthony Rendon had a good game.
Just a few days after refusing an MRI on his balky biceps, Mets righty Noah Syndergaard had to leave Sunday’s start with an injury in the second inning. He pointed to — you guessed it — his biceps while speaking to the trainer on the mound, though the Mets say it is a "possible" lat strain.
Syndergaard was blasted for five runs in the first inning before leaving with one out in the second.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson acknowledged Syndergaard refused an MRI on his biceps Saturday. Teams can not force their players to go for an MRI any more than your employer can force you to go for an MRI. Still, it sure seems like some more caution was warranted here, perhaps a quick 10-day DL stint to make sure Syndergaard was 100 percent before taking the mound again.
Desperate Blue Jays lose Sanchez after one inning
Even after beating the Rays on Saturday, the Blue Jays came into Sunday with a 7-17 record, worst in MLB. If we assume it’ll take 89 wins to clinch an AL wild-card spot again this season — the Blue Jays and Orioles were the two wild card teams last year with identical 89-73 records — the Blue Jays need to go 82-56 from here on out. That’s a 96-win pace across a full 162-game season. Doable? Sure. But Toronto has dug themselves a mighty big hole already.
Sunday was supposed to be a good day for the Blue Jays because they were welcoming right-hander Aaron Sanchez, arguably their best starting pitcher, back from the disabled list. He missed the last two weeks with a blister. Sanchez, 24, led the AL with a 3.00 ERA and finished seventh in the Cy Young voting in 2016. He returned Sunday, threw 13 pitches in a scoreless first inning, then had to exit the game.
The good news is Sanchez did not suffer any real injury. He didn’t feel soreness or anything like that with his arm. A split fingernail will heal in time. It’s unclear whether he will be able to make his next start.
Mat Latos and Casey Lawrence, who have been filling in for Sanchez and J.A. Happ (elbow), have combined to allow 15 runs in 22 1/3 innings in four starts so far. Getting Sanchez back will be a huge boost, though his return was cut short Sunday afternoon.
Blue Jays win first series of 2017
The Aaron Sanchez injury is the bad news. The good news? The Blue Jays beat the Rays on Sunday to earn their first series win of the 2017 season. They also won back-to-back games for the first time this year. Toronto rallied for three runs in the eighth inning to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 win. Jose Bautista’s 1,000th career hit was the game-tying double.
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Like I said earlier, the Blue Jays have dug a pretty deep hole early in the season. The only thing they can do is move forward and keep winning series. That’s the best way they can help themselves.
Marlins honor Ichiro with cool gift for 3,000th hit
Last summer Ichiro Suzuki became the 30th player in baseball history to reach the 3,000th hit plateau. On Sunday, the Marlins gave him a pretty neat gift to commemorate the event. It’s a piece of art made up of photos of all 3,000 career hits. Check it out:
That’s pretty awesome. Way to go, Marlins.
- The Nationals confirmed center fielder Adam Eaton’s season-ending injury . The official diagnosis is a torn ACL, a torn meniscus, and a high ankle sprain. Eaton is expected to miss 6-9 months. He suffered the injury legging out an infield single Friday.
- Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it’s possible catcher Gary Sanchez will be activated off the 10-day DL this coming week, according to MLB.com.Sanchez is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Tuesday. He’s been out three weeks with a biceps issue.
- Mets left-hander Steven Matz and right-hander Seth Lugo are scheduled to throw off a half-mound Sunday, reports the New York Daily News. Both pitchers are on the disabled list with elbow injuries. Matz and Lugo will not be throwing with full effort as part of Sunday’s workout.
- Mets first baseman Lucas Duda is sitting out a second straight rehab game, according to MLB.com. Duda, who is on the 10-day DL with an elbow injury, played a rehab game Friday but has been out of the lineup since.
- The Athletics have placed lefty Sean Manaea on the 10-day DL with a left shoulder strain, the team announced. He is expected to miss only one start, however.
- The Rangers have claimed infielder Pete Kozma off waivers from the Yankees, both teams announced. Jurickson Profar, who has struggled all year, is expected to be optioned to Triple-A to clear a roster spot.
- Rockies first baseman Ian Desmond was activated off the 10-day DL, the team announced. Desmond was hit by a pitch in spring training and broke his hand. He had not played since.
- The Dodgers are expected to keep Rich Hill in the rotation, according to the Orange County Register. He’s been battling blisters all season and there’d been some talk the club would use him out of the bullpen temporarily.
- Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson (groin) and second baseman Logan Forsythe (toe) are expected to begin a minor league rehab assignment this week, reports the Southern California News Group. Both could be activated off the disabled list Friday.