MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS – JD MARTINEZ – CUBS -YANKEES

While the Cincinnati Reds have given fans plenty of low moments in recent years, the team has now achieved something immensely positive for the first time in over three decades. 

Then their bats woke up with a seven-run seventh inning to take an 8-6 lead. Relievers Amir Garrett and Raisel Iglesias pitched two perfect innings to close it out and seal history for Cincinnati. By Matt Johnson

Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez exited Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rays in the 10th inning due to a hip/groin issue. Manager Aaron Boone said Sanchez is likely headed to the 10-day disabled list, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports.

Sanchez went 0-for-4 with a walk before departing. He appeared to suffer the injury running to first base when he grounded into a 6-4-3 double play in the 10th inning. On the season, Sanchez is batting .190/.291/.433 with 14 home runs, 41 RBI, and 36 runs scored in 265 plate appearances.

Astros third baseman Alex Bregman apparently wasn’t happy with his mustache on Sunday afternoon as he shaved it off in between innings during his team’s contest against the Royals. Bregman walked and later scored in the Astros’ eight-run second inning, but when he took his next plate appearance in the fourth inning, he was clean-shaven. By Bill Baer

This new week begins with the Ohio baseball teams — that’s the Indians and Reds, if you’re sharp on your geography — putting seven-game winning streaks on the line in St. Louis and Atlanta, respectively.

History buffs may remember that the Indians have had a couple of streaks in recent years, including a little 22-0 run last season that was part of a 27-1 stretch.

For the Reds, last weekend brought the first four-game sweep of the Cubs in 35 years and a shot of optimism that the great rebuild is headed in the right direction.

Cincinnati is a respectable 29-30 under interim skipper Jim Riggleman, who probably shouldn’t have “interim” in his title much longer. By Richard Justice

Thirty years ago today, Cal Ripken Jr. became the sixth player in Major League history to play in 1,000 consecutive games. As it turned out, he was less than 40 percent through his famous iron-man streak.

The run of consecutive games played, which began on May 30, 1982, continued all the way to Sept. 19, 1998. When the dust settled, Ripken had played 2,632 games in a row, smashing Lou Gehrig’s hallowed record of 2,130. By Andrew Simon

This week in Nine Innings, the crew shares their favorite thing about Mike Trout, ranks Odubel Herrera’s five homers in five games and provides nine fun facts as Edwin Jackson joins a record-tying 13th teamBy SI.COM STAFF

There is no Boston Break-in for J.D. Martinez. The Red Sox free agent addition has defied the conventional wisdom of Boston’s in-house stats gurus by hitting right out of the gate.

History and internal analysis in recent years prompted Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski to temper expectations for first-year performance in Boston for major additions (Edgar Renteria, J.D. Drew, Carl Crawford, Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval, et al.). But Martinez is tied for the league lead in homers and leads in RBI and total bases while hitting a career-high .325. By Tom Verducci

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