Salvador Perez provided the biggest swing of the Kansas City Royals season on Wednesday, delivering a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth inning of their 6-4 win against the Boston Red Sox. As we learned once Perez got back to the Royals dugout, the bat Perez used for the game-winning slam actually belonged to Cabrera. Salvador Perez shows off the Miguel Cabrera bat he used to hit Wednesday’s game-winning grand slam.
Jarrod Dyson's bunt single broke up Justin Verlander's bid for a perfect game in the sixth inning Wednesday night and sparked the Seattle Mariners to a 7-5 comeback win over the Detroit Tigers. Nelson Cruz had three RBIs and Mitch Haniger homered as Seattle overcame a 4-0 deficit with three runs in the sixth and four in the seventh. Verlander retired his first 16 batters but didn't make it through the sixth. With one out, the speedy Dyson gave the Mariners their first baserunner, beating out a drag bunt between the mound and first that Verlander was unable to reach. Mike Zunino walked and Jean Segura, just activated from the disabled list, followed with a broken-bat single to load the bases.
A few fellow ball writers and I have taken to celebrating draft day by recalling our favorite old scouting descriptors, some of which are real, some made up but close enough to sound sort of legit. Think of these being side-mouth mumbled by a well-tanned