You may recall that, back in May, Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor got into a fight with Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista. Bautista slid late into second base, with which Odor took issue, so he punched Bautista in the face. That earned him a seven-game suspension. With one out in the fifth inning of Thursday’s game against the Indians, Odor reached on a fielding error by first baseman Mike Napoli. Jonathan Lucroy then hit into an inning-ending 6-4-3 double play. Odor slid hard into Jason Kipnis covering second base. Kipnis, hearkening back to the Bautista fight, backed up as if he were afraid Odor would punch him. Odor got a good chuckle out of it, but it was the Rangers’ bench which perhaps
Marlins Park has been around since 2012, but coming into Thursday’s action, the ballpark hadn’t seen any player rob a home run. Royals outfielder Jarrod Dyson changed that in Thursday night’s series finale in Miami. Christian Yelich smoked a 1-2 slider that Edinson Volquez left up in the zone, hitting what looked like a solo home run to straightaway center field. Dyson gave chase, timed his leap, and snagged the ball in spectacular fashion to save a run on Volquez’s behalf. The Statcast numbers are pretty impressive: Indeed, Dyson’s snag is the first home run robbery at Marlins Park, according to ESPN Stats & Info.
The Kansas City Royals have been on a tear lately. Winners of 15 of their last 18, they have gone from being mired in a middling season to having a breath of life in playoff contention. Four games back of the AL Wild Card, they start a three-game series this weekend against the Boston Red Sox, one of the teams ahead of them. Ian Kennedy (8-9. 3.58 ERA) twirls for Kansas City. He hasn't quite been what the Royals may have expected, as his up-and-down struggles have vastly deflated his overall numbers. He's been good as of late, as has the rest of the starting rotation. It is hard to be displeased with a 3.58 ERA, but the FIP (4.80) and xFIP (4.54) leaves much to be desired. The Diamond City Red