I’m really, really worried about your team. The rankings (records through Wednesday’s games): 1. Houston Astros (31-16; Previous: 3): Three years since Sports Illustrated said they’d win in ’17, and now everything feels a little stale. 2. Washington Nationals
New York Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury left Wednesday’s game against the Kansas City Royals because of a concussion and a sprained neck. Ellsbury banged his head into the center-field wall while catching Alcides Escobar’s fly ball on Luis Severino’s opening pitch. He stayed in for the rest of the inning before being removed. Etc. Outfielder Michael Bourn was released from a minor league contract by the Baltimore Orioles. He batted .220 in 11 games with triple-A Norfolk. ... Right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall was scratched from the Cleveland Indians’ lineup and is being evaluated for a possible head injury. Chisenhall was tagged out sliding headfirst at the plate Sunday against Houston.
Not much good happens after a starting pitcher gives up three runs and takes 36 pitches in the first inning. The Orioles on Wednesday afternoon continued their exploration of the many different ways to lose a baseball game, unearthing a third, wholly distinct method for losing a game to the Minnesota Twins. Another one run loss, 4-3, sealed an Orioles sweep at the hands of those same Twins.