Tuesday brought us every team in action with 15 night games, including several important intra-division series among NL Central and AL West clubs. Here is everything you need to know about Tuesday’s MLB action.
- Red Sox 6, Orioles 4 (box score)
- Phillies 5, Rockies 4 (box score)
- Yankees 3, Nationals 0 (box score)
- Twins 6, Tigers 4 (box score)
- Marlins 3, Giants 1 (box score)
- Rays 4, Blue Jays 1 (box score)
- Braves 8, Mets 2 (box score)
- Brewers 4, Cubs 0 (box score)
- White Sox 5, Indians 1 (box score)
- Padres 4, Cardinals 2 (box score)
- Reds 5, Royals 1 in 10 innings (box score)
- Diamondbacks 13, Pirates 8 (box score)
- Astros 6, Athletics 3 (box score)
- Mariners 6, Angels 3 (box score)
- Dodgers 12, Rangers 5 (box score)
Brewers finally best the Cubs
The head-to-head matchup has been incredibly one-sided this season. The Cubs went into Tuesday night’s game against the Brewers with an 8-1 record and a plus-25 run differential against Milwaukee this season, and that includes Monday’s come-from-behind extra-innings win. That was a heartbreaker for the beermakers.
On Tuesday, the Brewers finally got over the hump and beat the Cubs convincingly. Chase Anderson held the Cubbies to one hit in seven scoreless innings — he retired the final 17 batters he faced — and Travis Shaw provided a pair of two-run doubles. There was also some very interesting baserunning:
The win was only Milwaukee’s second of the season against the Cubs — the first was a walk-off job in April, so that was a very close game — and it moved them back into first place in the NL Central. The Brewers have reclaimed the best record in the NL at 40-27, and they have a half-game lead over the 38-26 Cubs.
The two clubs will wrap up this three-game series at Miller Park on Wednesday afternoon. Jhoulys Chacin and Mike Montgomery are the scheduled starting pitchers. After that, the Brewers and Cubs won’t meet again until mid August.
Cabrera done for season
On Tuesday night, the great Miguel Cabrera . He’s going to have season-ending surgery, the team says. Here’s video of the injury:
This had been a fine bounceback season for Miggy, who hit a decidedly un-Cabrera-like .249/.329/.399 (91 OPS+) last year. Miggy went into Tuesday’s game with a .301/.394/.451 (129 OPS+) batting line, which is a far cry from his peak, but is still very good overall.
Detroit is rebuilding and it stands to reason they will scour the scrap heap and waiver wire for first base help rather than make a significant trade. John Hicks will take over at first base for the time being, according to manager Ron Gardenhire.
Britton labors in return
For the first time in 2018, Orioles closer Zach Britton toed the slab Tuesday night. He missed the start of the season after suffering an Achilles injury during an offseason workout, and was activated off the disabled list Monday. Britton did labor a bit in his season debut, walking three in a scoreless inning. A strikeout and two ground outs helped him escape that jam.
The Orioles are the worst team in baseball — Tuesday’s loss dropped them to 19-47 — so their primary focus going forward is showcasing Britton, and impending free agent, for potential trade partners. Given his track record, I’m certain those potential trade partners will chalk up Tuesday’s three walks as rust. Scouts will really start to bear down in the two or three weeks leading up to the deadline.
Harper reaches four times the hard way
Very productive, very tough nice for Bryce Harper, who went 0 for 0 with two walks and two hit-by-pitches at Yankee Stadium. They were painful hit-by-pitches too. The first was a fastball to the elbow and the second was a curveball that dropped right on his toe. Here’s the video:
Harper exited the game after the second hit-by-pitch and a postgame X-ray came back negative. He’s expected to play Wednesday. For what it’s worth, Harper brushed off the two hit-by-pitches.
Will the Nationals retaliate? Neither hit-by-pitch was intentional and Harper himself said there are no hard feelings, but we’ve seen teams retaliate for less. The star player getting plunked twice in one game is the kind of thing that usually doesn’t go unanswered.
Gregorius rediscovers power stroke
Is anyone happier to see May end than Didi Gregorius? Gregorius followed up his monster April (.327/.421/.735) with a miserable May (.151/.186/.215), and he’s just now starting to come out of it in June. He had one homer in 30 games since May 1 after swatting 10 in April. On Tuesday, the man they call Sir Didi went deep twice.
Thanks in large part to Gregorius’ two homers, the Yankees beat the Nationals on Tuesday to improve their record to an MLB-best 43-19. They are percentage points ahead of the 46-22 Red Sox.
- Mookie Betts is the league’s leading vote-getter and is in position to start alongside Mike Trout and Aaron Judge in the outfield. Here’s the All-Star ballot. .
- The Nationals have activated 2B Daniel Murphy . He missed the start of the season following offseason knee surgery. The Nationals play their next five games in AL parks, so Murphy will ease into things as the DH at first.
- Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto said 2B Robinson Cano CF/2B Dee Gordon when he returns from his suspension in August. Cano is ineligible for the postseason, so Gordon would be the man at the position in October.
- Red Sox RHP Carson Smith . He originally hurt his shoulder slamming his glove in frustration in the dugout. Injuries have limited Smith to 23 2/3 innings the past three years.
- Braves OF Ronald Acuna will begin a minor-league rehab assignment Thursday, reports MLB.com. He’s been out since May 28 with back and knee trouble. Acuna came into the season as the No. 1 prospect in baseball.
- Cubs RHP Yu Darvish threw a 31-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, reports MLB.com. Darvish is currently on the disabled list with a triceps injury. He is progressing well, but is still a few weeks from rejoining the rotation.
- The Dodgers placed RHP Walker Buehler on the 10-day DL with a rib microfracture, the club announced. He was hit by a comebacker and pitched through it for three starts. LHP Caleb Ferguson was called up in a corresponding move.
- Blue Jays SS Troy Tulowitzki is progressing following surgery on both feet, according to Blue Jays Talk. He expects to play before the end of the season. Tulowitzki has played only 589 of 1,038 possible games from 2012 to ’18 because of injuries.
- Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia has not yet resumed baseball activities, reports the Boston Herald. He is currently out with renewed soreness in his surgically repaired knee. There is no firm timetable for Pedroia’s return.
- Blue Jays 3B Josh Donaldson could return Wednesday, reports Blue Jays Talk. He is out with a calf injury and the original hope was he would return last weekend. Donaldson is hitting .234/.333/.423 with five homers in 36 games this year.
- Rockies RHP Adam Ottavino could return this weekend, reports MLB.com. He’s currently sidelined with an oblique injury. Ottavino has a 0.95 ERA with a ridiculous 45 strikeouts in 28 1/3 innings this season.
- Francisco Cervelli (head) and Josh Harrison (shoulder) are not in Tuesday’s lineup for the Pirates. Cervelli has taken several foul tips to the face mask recently. Harrison is sore after being by a pitch Monday.
- The Orioles placed RHP Andrew Cashner on the 10-day DL with lower back soreness, the club announced. The team hopes he’ll miss only one start. LHP Donnie Hart was called up in a corresponding move.
- The Brewers placed RHP Matt Albers on the 10-day DL with a right shoulder injury, the team injury. Albers allowed five runs in two-thirds of an inning Monday night. RHP Jorge Lopez was called up in a corresponding move.
- The Twins are bringing back former closer RHP Matt Belisle, the club has announced. Belisle was earlier released from his deal with the Indians, with whom he had been pitching for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers.
- The Red Sox acquired minor league 1B/OF Eric Filia from the Mariners as the player to be named later in the LHP Roenis Elias trade, the team announced. Filia sat out the first 50 games of the season because of a drug suspension.
- The Yankees announced RHP Jonathan Loaisiga will be called up to start Thursday in place of RHP Masahiro Tanaka. Tanaka is out with hamstring trouble. Loaisiga has developed into a strong prospect after signing out of a tryout camp.