A look at what’s happening around the Major on Monday:
Pete Alonso, Albert Pujols and Kelly Schwarber take part in the All-Star Home Run Derby at Dodger Stadium, where we see how far and fast the Sluggers can launch in the Los Angeles Twilights.
Alonso is trying to be the first player to win the derby three times in a row. He tops the majors with 78 RBIs and has scored 24 home runs for the NL East-leading New York Mets this season.
Alonso will face Ronald Acua Jr. of Atlanta in the first round. Other pairings: Schwarber vs Pujol, Juan Soto vs Jose Ramirez and Julio Rodriguez vs Corey Seeger.
Schwaber’s 29 homers is the most of eight competitors for Philadelphia. Yankees’ Aaron Judge leads the Major with 33 home runs and will start in the All-Star Game on Tuesday, but is not taking part in the longball event.
Seeger, the 2020 World Series MVP when the Dodgers won the title, has hit 22 homers for Texas in his first season since leaving Los Angeles.
Pujols has hit six homers for St. Louis this year, bringing his career total to 685. He is 42 years old and made his big league debut just months after Rodriguez was born – at 21, Rodriguez hit 16 homers for Seattle. ,
The Red Sox expect good news as lefty Chris Sell heads to Boston to see a specialist about a broken pinky finger on his pitching hand.
An injury-ridden season for Sale turned bad for the seven-time All-Star when he was hit by a line drive off Aaron Hicks’s bat at Yankee Stadium on Sunday.
Sales groaned in pain after hitting the 106.7-mph liner. The ball deflected into right field for an RBI single that gave New York a 3-0 lead.
“One look at this finger, I knew (it was broken) immediately,” said Sales. “When something like this happens there is a feeling of that kind of cold water flowing through your body. As soon as I hit the ground, I looked down, the finger is gone.”
Sales immediately ran off the ground. He suffered an injury before the All-Star break before losing 13–2 to Boston on the final day of the game.
Boston manager Alex Cora didn’t rule out a return for sale this season.
The 33-year-old was making his second start since returning from a broken rib. He bowled five innings without a score in Tampa Bay on Tuesday.
Cleveland slugger Jose Ramirez, one of baseball’s top switch-hitters, said he won’t decide until he gets to Los Angeles whether he will bat right- or left-handed in the All-Star Home Run derby .
Of his 19 homers, 16 are from the left side. The derby will take place at Dodger Stadium, which has a symmetrical distance to the outfield fence.
AL leader Ramirez with 75 RBI selected Double-A Akron coach Junior Bettens as his pitcher for the event. Bethanas was his hitting coach in the rookie ball.
Ramirez said through a translator, “It seems that they gave him a small reward for everything I did during my career in the minors.”
Bateons said that he is not afraid of pitching on such a big stage.
“It’s like throwing BP,” he said. “He’s the guy to be on the show.”
seattle speed bump
Rookie Julio Rodriguez and the streaking Seattle Mariners will have to wait some time before trying to set a team record for consecutive wins.
The Mariners beat Texas 6-2 on Sunday to finish 14th in a row. The club mark is a 15 straight win, set during Seattle’s most recent playoff season in 2001, when Ichiro Suzuki and the M went 116–46.
The 14-game streak is the longest in an All-Star break in major league history. The Mariners equaled the longest-running World Series champion Atlanta’s June streak this season. St. Louis had a 17-game winning string last year.
After the All-Star break, Seattle resumes on Friday when it hosts AL West-leading Houston.
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