The race for the American League MVP award just got cloudier Sunday. Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson announced his presence with authority, bashing three home runs during a 9-6 win over the Minnesota Twins. Donaldson’s first blast came in a big spot for the Blue Jays.
Orioles DH Mark Trumbo drilled a two-run home run to left-center field off of reliever Ben Heller in the eighth inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Yankees. In doing so, he became the first player to reach the 40-homer plateau this season. Trumbo finished 1-for-4 on the afternoon. Along with the 40 dingers, he’s hitting .257/.317/.541 with 96 RBI. He has already set a career-high in homers and is four RBI away from tying his career high in that regard. Trumbo is eligible for free agency after the season. Needless to say, his performance in 2016 bodes well for his ability to secure a hefty contract.
Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia got hot in a hurry this weekend and nearly tied a major-league record that hasn’t been equaled in 64 years. Beginning with his 3-for-4 game on Thursday night, Pedroia started a run of 11 straight hits in 11 straight at-bats. Dustin Pedroia of the Red Sox collected 11 straight hits, nearly tying an MLB record.