Baseball as it looks right now has a decent number of sure things considering it’s still August: The Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers and Washington Nationals would have to really mess up to miss the playoffs. The Dodgers have gone from big spenders to underdogs thanks to a historic rash of injuries.
Highlights of Saturday's Major League Baseball games: Yankees 13, Orioles 3 Gary Sanchez became the quickest player in major league history to reach 11 career home runs and the New York Yankees collected 18 hits in a 13-5 victory over the Baltimore Orioles. After becoming the third player to get 10 home runs in his first 21 games on Friday, Sanchez reached 11 in his 79th career at-bat when he lined a solo home run off Dylan Bundy (7-5) into the right-center field seats with two outs in the fourth. Blue Jays 8, Twins 7 Melvin Upton Jr tripled in the tying run and continued home on an outfield error in the eighth inning as Toronto came back to defeat Minnesota.
As the Colorado broadcast of tonight’s game noted, the two starters in tonight’s series opener in Washington, D.C. were at very different stages of their respective careers. Nationals’ lefty Gio Gonzalez was looking for his one-hundredth major league win, and Jeff Hoffman, a 2014 1st Round pick, was looking for his first in the majors after debuting for the Rockies earlier this month, two years after he was drafted (by the Toronto Blue Jays, who subsequently sent him to the Rockies in the Troy Tulowitzki deal). Gonzalez threw just 85 pitches over six innings, walking one and striking out five and got the win, No. 100 of his career in what ended up an 8-5 game in the Nats’ favor. Here’s how it