Also, Freddie Freeman works out at third base in the minors and more from Saturday around baseball
It’s a Saturday in July. You know what that means? Day baseball, and it’s starting to get serious as we’re just about at the halfway point of the 2017 MLB season. With two doubleheaders, there are a whopping 17 games, too. Let’s run down all you need to know right here, with updates all day and night.
Red Sox 7, Blue Jays 1 (box score)
Tigers 7, Indians 4 (box score)
Rangers 10, White Sox 4 (box score)
Royals 11, Twins 6 (box score)
Giants 2, Pirates 1 (box score)
Braves 4, Athletics 3 (box score)
Rays 10, Orioles 3 (box score)
Mets 7, Phillies 6 (box score)
Reds 5, Cubs 3 (box score)
Marlins 8, Brewers 4 (box score)
Cardinals 2, Cardinals 1 (box score)
Indians 4, Tigers 1 (box score)
Astros 7, Yankees 6 (box score)
Twins 10, Royals 5 (box score)
Angels 4, Mariners 0 (box score)
Diamondbacks 6, Rockies 2 (box score)
Dodgers 8, Padres 0 (box score)
Sale stifles Blue Jays on Canada Day
It wasn’t a happy Canada Day for Blue Jays fans in attendance on Saturday afternoon, thanks to Chris Sale. The Red Sox ace dominated the Jays for seven scoreless innings, allowing only four hits and a walk while striking out 11.
This was a pretty common sight:
So much movement. So much filth. pic.twitter.com/VniWTChn7K
— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) July 1, 2017
The 11 strikeouts marked the 11th time this season that Sale struck out at least 10 batters. Max Scherzer, with nine, is the only other pitcher in the majors with more than six this year.
Sale’s career high for double-digit strikeout games in a season is 13, so he could blow by his personal best by the end of the year. The MLB record, though, will be tough. It’s 23, which Nolan Ryan did in 1973 and Randy Johnson did three times.
Sale started the All-Star Game last year and is a great candidate to do so again for the AL.
The Red Sox have won five of their last six and hold first place in the AL East. The Blue Jays, meanwhile, have lost seven of their last nine games.
Frazier homers, doubles in debut
Clint Frazier became the first debuting Yankee to
Morrison has another big game
The Rays were questioned when they opted to sign Logan Morrison over Chris Carter during the winter. Yet, just a week after Carter was designated for assignment by the Yankees, Morrison enjoyed his second multi-homer game of the season.
Morrison launched Nos. 23 and 24 against the Orioles, thereby setting a new career-high. Previously, he’d homered 23 times in 2011, which doubled as his first full season in the majors.
Morrison is set to become a free agent again this winter. Bet on him getting more than $2.5 million on his next deal.
Roberts suspended a game
Youbetween Dodgers skipper Dave Roberts and his Padres counterpart, Andy Green. The league office did, too, and was quick to hand out punishments:
Green and Alex Wood were each fined an undisclosed amount. The lesson: don't yell "I'm going to f**king drill you" within earshot of an ump
— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) July 1, 2017
Roberts will serve his suspension tonight.