NEW YORK -- Matt Holliday hit a three-run homer in the 10th inning and the New York Yankees completed a stunning rally from an eight-run deficit, outslugging the Baltimore Orioles 14-11 on Friday night. In a game of home run derby, Starlin Castro tied it with a two-run drive that capped a three-run burst in the ninth off Brad Brach. Then in the 10th, Holliday hit the eighth home run of the evening -- five by the Yankees -- with one out off Jayson Aquino (1-1).
Shoulder injuries don’t have to be damning for hitters. Look at the 469-foot home run Hanley Ramirez decimated Saturday in a 7-4 loss to the Cubs. Yes, he’s gotten off to a slow start. Through 19 games played, he has two long balls. But he had just one homer through the same number of games in 2016. He’s hitting .250 now. A year ago at this point, he was hitting .266. “Last year, Hanley started slow,” hitting coach Chili Davis said prior to the Cubs series. “I watched him, work, and work, and work, and work, and you know, he didn’t abandon what he was working on. He didn’t abandon it, he stuck with it and he perfect ed it. And when he perfected it, he went off. He’s still working. “Timing, consistency
Less than a decade ago, a 15-year-old Rafael Bautista moved from a rural village in the Dominican Republic to Santo Domingo, the country’s capital city, and joined his first organized baseball league. Three years later, the Nationals signed him for $35,000 as an 18-year-old center fielder — ancient by Dominican prospect standards. And less than six years later, Bautista, now 24, walked into the home clubhouse at Nationals Park on Saturday morning as a major leaguer for the first time. “Feeling great,” Bautista said. “Awesome time. First time they told me you’re going up. It feels so great, man.” Bautista was called up from Class AAA Syracuse after Adam Eaton injured his left leg in Washington’s