Giancarlo Stanton lined a laser beam of a home run, Aaron Judge added a three-run shot, and the New York Yankees powered past the Texas Rangers 7-1 on Tuesday night to keep pace in the crowded AL wild-card chase.
Joey Gallo also went deep — against his former team — and a finally healthy Luis Severino closed with two shutout innings in his first major league appearance since the 2019 AL Championship Series. New York, which remained a half-game behind Toronto for the final American League playoff spot, has taken two straight from last-place Texas following a 7-15 stretch.
Jordan Montgomery (6-6) struck out six in 5 ⅔ innings of one-run ball, giving up one or less for the eighth time in his last 10 starts. Anthony Rizzo had an RBI single and scored both times after he was hit by a pitch.
Stanton drove in a run with a broken-bat groundout in the first and then ripped a solo homer inside the left field foul pole off starter Dane Dunning (5-9) in the third.
The ball left Stanton’s bat at 118.5 mph, the third-hardest-hit home run in the majors this season.
Gallo, traded by Texas to the Yankees in July, lofted a high drive into the second deck in right to make it 4-1 in the sixth. Judge, who doubled earlier, sent an opposite-field drive to right-center against Kolby Allard in the mist for his 36th homer in the seventh.
Yankees reliever Michael King retired cleanup batter Adolis Garcia with a runner on second to keep it 3-1 in the sixth and then struck out all three batters in the seventh looking.
Severino, reinstated from the injured list Monday, entered to a warm hand in the eighth from fans who also chanted his name. He gave up two hits and struck out two, flashing a mid-90s mph fastball and a sharp slider.
A two-time All-Star, the 27-year-old righthander had Tommy John surgery on Feb. 27, 2020, and was slowed throughout his rehab progression in the minors this season by a groin injury and shoulder tightness.
Manoah helps Blue Jays top Rays 4-2, maintain wild-card spot
Rookie Alek Manoah rebounded from early control issues to last six innings and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the AL East-leading Tampa Bay Rays 4-2 to improve to a major league-best 16-4 in September.
Toronto maintained a half-game lead lead over the New York Yankees for the second AL wild card. Tampa Bay, closing in on its second straight division title, began the day seven games ahead of second-place Boston. The Rays, just 9-11 this month, have 10 games remaining.
There were no incidents one day after Tampa Bay’s Kevin Kiermaier scooped up a data card that fell out of Toronto catcher Alejandro Kirk’s wristband during a play at the plate in the sixth inning and refused to give it back to the Blue Jays.
Manoah (7-2) allowed two runs and five hits. stuck out seven and walked six — double his previous season high. Four of the walks occurred during the opening two innings.
Jordan Romano, the third Toronto reliever, walked Ji-Man Choi, Yandy Díaz, and Randy Arozarena with two outs in the ninth, Joey Wendle lined a ball just foul down the right-field line on the first pitch, then hit a flyout to right that gave Romano his 20th save in 21 chances.
Rays’ Kiermaier takes, keeps Blue Jays’ data card
Rays veteran Kevin Kiermaier scooped up a data card that fell out of Toronto catcher Alejandro Kirk’s wristband during Tampa Bay’s 6-4 victory Monday night and refused to give it back to the Blue Jays.
Kiermaier was called out sliding into home during the sixth inning and saw a strip of paper lying next to him after the play. He casually picked it up and took it back to Tampa Bay’s dugout, where he discreetly handed it Paul Hoover, the club’s field coordinator.
“I never even looked at it, I’ll say that,” Kiermaier told Sportnet before Tuesday night’s game. “But at the same time, I’m not going to drop it or hand it back.”
Sportsnet reported Toronto sent a bat boy to the Rays dugout to ask for the card’s return. Tampa Bay did not send back the card, which likely included information about the Blue Jays’ plans to pitch to the Rays’ hitters.
There were no incidents when Kiermaier batted for the first time Tuesday, when he hit into a first-pitch double play.
Rays manager Kevin Cash was seen chatting with Blue Jays skipper Charlie Montoyo before Tuesday’s game.
Tampa Bay entered Tuesday seven games ahead of Boston and 8 ½ ahead of Toronto for the AL East lead, with a magic number of five to clinch a second straight division title. The Red Sox and Blue Jays are in position for the AL’s two wild cards.
White Sox lose to Tigers, putting AL Central clinch on hold
Akil Baddoo and Victor Reyes drove in two runs apiece and the Detroit Tigers stalled the Chicago White Sox’s drive for the AL Central title with a 5-3 victory on Tuesday.
The magic number for the White Sox to clinch the division remained at two games.
Reyes had four of Detroit’s 16 hits. Daz Cameron reached base four times and scored two runs for the Tigers, who have won the first two games of the three-game series.
Bryan Garcia (3-2) pitched 1 ⅓ scoreless innings of relief for Detroit starter Tyler Alexander, who went five innings. Michael Fulmer got the last four outs for his 11th save.
Jace Fry (0-1) gave up three runs on four hits in 1 ⅔ innings of relief of White Sox starter Dallas Keuchel, who also lasted five innings. Luis Robert led Chicago’s offense with two hits and two RBIs.
Robert gave Chicago a 2-0 lead in the third with a two-run single through a drawn-in infield. The Tigers scored in the bottom of the inning on Baddoo’s RBI single.
Baddoo’s second run-scoring hit tied the score at 2-2 in the fourth.
Detroit nearly took the lead in the sixth when Reyes was called safe at home on Baddoo’s fielder’s choice grounder. The call was overturned upon video review.
The Tigers broke the deadlock in the seventh on Niko Goodrum’s RBI single. Reyes ripped a two-run single to give his team a three-run lead.
Tim Anderson’s single in the eighth knocked in the White Sox’s final run.
Cody Bellinger placed on injured list with left rib fracture
The Los Angeles Dodgers placed outfielder Cody Bellinger on the injured list with a left rib fracture.
The team made the move Tuesday just before its game in Colorado against the Rockies and backdated the decision to Saturday. The Dodgers recalled outfielder Luke Raley from Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Bellinger was banged up in a collision with Gavin Lux last week. Bellinger missed 46 games this season with a calf injury and seven more with hamstring tightness.
“It’s not ideal,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. “But neither is being in too much pain to feel you can perform at a certain level. If that’s the case and that’s where we get to, we’ll have to figure out how to make the most of it.”
The 2019 NL MVP is batting .159 this season with nine homers and 34 RBIs.
Raley’s is hitting .169 in 30 appearances with the Dodgers this season. He was picked up by the Dodgers as part of a February 2020 trade with Minnesota that sent righthander Kenta Maeda to the Twins.
Jo Lasorda, widow of Los Angeles Dodgers manager, dies at 91
Jo Lasorda, the widow of Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, has died. She was 91.
She died Monday night at her home in Fullerton, the team said Tuesday. No cause of death was given.
The former Joan Miller met Tommy Lasorda at a minor league baseball game in her hometown of Greenville, South Carolina, where he was playing for the Spinners. They wed on April 14, 1950, a union that lasted 70 years until Tommy’s death last January at age 93.
Lasorda is survived by daughter Laura and granddaughter Emily, as well as sister Gladys Reeves of Greenville. She was preceded in death by son Tom Jr.
Pads stars Machado, Tatis say all’s well after dugout dustup
San Diego Padres All-Stars Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. stood next to each other and said it’s all good between them after their weekend shouting match in the dugout during a season that’s been spiraling out of control.
Machado shouted and cursed at Tatis during the face-to-face confrontation in St. Louis on Saturday night. The 29-year-old Machado and 22-year-old Tatis were separated by teammates before taking their defensive positions.
The dustup came after Tatis struck out looking and then argued the call by umpire Phil Cuzzi. Padres manager Jayce Tingler was ejected when he came out to argue on Tatis’ behalf.
Machado could be heard saying “It’s not about you. It’s not ... about you,” as teammate Adam Frazier and a Padres coach ushered Tatis away from the angry third baseman.
The Padres blew a 2-0 lead Saturday night and were swept in the three-game series, going 2-8 on a trip that has seriously damaged their hopes of a repeat trip to the postseason.
Before Tuesday night’s home game against NL West leader San Francisco, Machado called Tatis “my little brother” and added that “we’re always going to be together no matter what. We’ve got a lot of years here together moving forward. That’s done and said. He’s got to go. We’ve got to go as a team as well. That’s what we’re going to try to reach in the next 13 days.”