Carlos Gomez homered twice to drive in five runs and the Texas Rangers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 11-4 on Thursday for a split of the four-game series. Mike Napoli and Robinson Chirinos also homered for the Rangers off Marcus Stroman (7-4). Gomez has five homers in his six games since returning from the disabled list last week after missing a month with a right hamstring strain. His three-run shot in the third ricocheted off the left-field foul pole and put Texas up 6-0, then he added a two-run homer in the seventh off reliever Cesar Valdez. Texas (36-36) won for the ninth time in 13 games to get back to .500 before playing 20 of its next 26 games on the road. The Blue Jays (35-37), who beat
Snuggled in his baby pouch, 3-month-old Toma Tsubota probably won't remember being at Yankee Stadium for his first baseball game. His dad will. "When he grows up, he will be proud that he was here for this," father Yota said Friday night. And what was this? The first major league matchup between Japanese pitching stars Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers and Masahiro Tanaka of the New York Yankees. Rain delayed the start by nearly two hours. By the time Tanaka bounded out to the mound and warmed up to the peppy music of Japanese girl band Momoiro Clover Z, it was 8:47 p.m. for the first pitch — that was 9:47 a.m. Saturday in Tokyo for the national telecast back in his homeland. "Breakfast at Wimbledon,"
Major League Baseball teams have signed seven of the nine Sentinel coverage area players selected near the top of last week’s amateur draft. The First Academy’s Cash Case nearly doubled his expected signing bonus when the Cincinnati Reds inked the middle infielder to a reported $997,500 after taking him with the second pick (107th overall) in the fourth round. Fellow fourth-rounder Garrett Cave, who played at South Sumter and the University of Tampa, signed with the San Francisco Giants for the expected price tag of $417,200 as the 126th overall pick. TNXL Academy’s Ryan Dease was taken 134th overall in the fourth by the Texas Rangers. He signed for $340,000, nearly $46,000 less than slot value.