With all due respect to the U.S. champions from Maine-Endwell Little League and international champions from Seoul, South Korea, there’s only one baseball term that describes the decisive play in Saturday’s Blue Jays-Twins game: Little League home run. In this instance, Twins outfielders Max Kepler and Eddie Rosario literally stumbled and fumbled the game away. It happened after Melvin Upton Jr. hit a sinking line drive toward Kepler in right field.
NEW YORK (AP) Rookie Gary Sanchez kept up a most remarkable run, homering for the third straight game as the New York Yankees routed the Baltimore Orioles 13-5 Saturday. Sanchez hit a drive that bounced off the top of the right-center field wall and over in the fourth inning. He reached 11 career home runs faster than anyone in major league history – 23 games, including two hitless games last year. After the switch-hitting catcher connected, the crowd of 38,843 emphatically chanted his name. Mark Teixeira stepped out of the batter’s box, pausing the game and allowing the 23-year-old to tip his batting helmet to the fans from the top of the dugout steps. Starlin Castro and Aaron Hicks also homered
OF Justin Ruggiano has been sent to the disabled list and the team has called up T.J. Rivera from Triple-A Las Vegas, Terry Collins told reporters Saturday. Ruggiano exited Friday's game after the fifth inning with left shoulder discomfort. Collins said after the game that Ruggiano, who had injured his shoulder during his first game with the Mets, felt a sharp pain in his shoulder Friday night. Collins also Saturday that Rivera has gotten some work in the outfield and could play there if he gets more comfortable. Rivera has hit .314 in 11 games for the Mets this season.