OAKLAND — Matt Olson is not picky. He blasts home runs on the road, at home, against American or National League pitching, and regardless of how many men are on base. The A’s returned to the Coliseum on Friday after a nine-game trip, and their rookie first baseman picked up where he left off on the road. He launched a two-run homer in his first at-bat to propel Oakland to a fifth win in a row, 4-1, over the Texas Rangers. That’s six homers in his past seven games, eight in his past 11 and 16 over his past 23. Olson’s 24 homers are tied for second most in major league history over a player’s first 68 games. The White Sox’s Jose Abreu had 25 over the same career-opening stretch. Olson also has
Last night Robinson Cano hit a solo homer in the ninth inning of the Mariners’ loss to the Texas Rangers. While we’ve become accustomed to not caring much about home run milestones south of, say, 500, 300 homers for Cano is a big deal, as he’s only the third second baseman to cross that threshold in baseball history. Cano, who turns 35 next month, has a career line of .305/.354/.495 and 1,179 RBI, 512 doubles and 33 triples to go with those bombs.
BALTIMORE -- Roaring from behind and then finally winning in extra innings, the Boston Red Sox did more than merely maintain their lead in the AL East. They showed their mettle, a characteristic that should come in handy during the postseason. Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run single in the 11th inning, Mookie Betts had four RBIs and Boston beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-8 Monday night for their ninth win in 12 games. Xander Bogaerts homered and scored three runs for the Red Sox, who remained three games ahead of the second-place Yankees in the AL East and reduced to four their magic number for clinching a playoff berth. Boston erased a five-run deficit with a six-run fifth inning and needed 10