1. I want to go to the Bronx Zoo with Eric Hosmer's family. America's hottest rookie first baseman — and his adorable extended family — were on display again at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night. Eric Hosmer went deep for the second time in as many days, igniting a six-run inning for the Kansas City Royals, who smashed the Yankees 11-5 to win a series at New York for the first time since 1999. Let's all party like it's then, shall we?
"It's been a real good three days," Hosmer said. "We came to New York and took two out of three from the Yankees. We're winning ballgames and you'll keep seeing the smile on my face when we keep winning."
The Royals improved to 20-17; the Yankees dropped to 20-15. All of this actually allowed Royals fans to taunt the Yankees a little (possibly for the first time since 1980).
2. Seattle slaw: Well, ain't that a kick in the hinder? The Mariners finally break a scoreless tie with a run in the top of the 12th, only to have Brandon League mess up in his third straight appearance. Still fresh off the DL (again) J.J. Hardy hit a two-run single to give the Baltimore Orioles a celebratory 2-1 victory. Teammates mobbed Hardy, as is MLB custom, and he promptly broke into 1,000 pieces under their collective weight. He was just 28 years old.
3. Bel-Tron powers up: Carlos Beltran is back, baby, and smashing home run after home run. After home run. And he's done. Beltran hit three in the New York Mets 9-5 victory at Colorado. Read all about it here and be sure to watch this home video.
4. McCann? McDid!: After Martin Prado tied the score with grand slam in the seventh, Brian McCann lined a game-winning RBI single in the 10th for the Atlanta Braves, who beat the Nationals 6-5 and avoided a sweep. Watch him turn on this inside fastball — wow!
5. Look away, baby, look away: It turns out the Tampa Bay Rays road kung fu is better than the Cleveland Indians home hung fu. Behind righty James Shields, the Rays won 7-4 to take two of three at Cleveland — which had won 14 straight at Progressive Field. Tampa is 13-5 away from Tropicana Field. But they must go home again.
- Eric Hosmer
- Kansas City Royals