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August 9, 2019
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL NEWS
If you build it, they will come. Thirty years after “Field of Dreams” romanticized the idea of baseball on an Iowa farm, baseball is making it a reality.
Major League Baseball announced Thursday that the Chicago White Sox will host the New York Yankees and play the first ever big league game in Iowa on Aug. 13, 2020. The game will take place in a temporary 8,000-seat ballpark built in the cornfields of the Dyersville farm site where the classic film was shot.
Jordy Mercer’s two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth gave the Detroit Tigers a 10-8 victory over Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.
Travis Demeritte led off the ninth with his third walk of the game and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Jake Rogers.
Mercer then hit a 2-1 fastball from Richard Lovelady (0-2) into the right-field stands for his sixth homer of the season and the eighth of a game in which both starters struggled.
Joe Jimenez (3-6) got the win with a scoreless ninth inning.
Jose Ramirez drove in three runs, Mike Clevinger kept Minnesota quiet with nine strikeouts in seven innings, and the Cleveland Indians struck first in this four-game series between the AL Central front-runners with a 7-5 victory on Thursday that cut the Twins’ division lead to one game.
Indians closer Brad Hand ended the game by retiring Eddie Rosario on a routine flyout with the bases loaded, recording his 29th save in dramatic fashion.
Minnesota has been in sole possession of first place since April 27, a lead that was 11 1/2 games on June 3 and was still 7 1/2 games on July 13. The Indians are 40-16 since June 4, the best record in baseball in that span.
Blue Jays rookie Bo Bichette had fitting competition during a record-setting first game in Toronto — a Yankees lineup led by a player plenty familiar with Rogers Centre.
Gio Urshela hit two home runs for the second straight game and New York outslugged Bichette and the Blue Jays 12-6 Thursday night to extend its winning streak to a season-best nine games.
The Yankees have hit a record 19 homers over their last four games, including at least five in each win during a three-game sweep at Baltimore this week. Urshela hit two-run homers in the first and third innings, his 15th and 16th of the season, and outfielder Mike Tauchman also had a two-run shot during New York’s six-run third.
Urshela’s homer barrage comes almost exactly a year after the Yankees purchased him from the Blue Jays.
Toronto Blue Jays rookie Bo Bichette has had fewer than 50 at-bats in the big leagues, but he already has set a major league record.
Bichette, the son of former Colorado Rockies star Dante Bichette, became the first player in the modern era (since 1900) to double in nine straight games — and he broke the record in the 11th game of his career, a 12-6 loss to the visiting New York Yankees on Thursday night.
Former Chicago Cubs first baseman Derrek Lee had set the previous record of eight games in 2007, and St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina matched it in 2016.
Bichette’s double came in the sixth inning. His 441-foot blast an inning earlier made the 21-year-old the first rookie to record an extra-base hit in nine games since Ted Williams did it for the Boston Red Sox in 1939.
Brian Anderson’s personal milestone was part of the Miami Marlins’ happy homecoming after a rough road trip.
Anderson homered twice to reach 20 for the season to lead the Marlins to a 9-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night.
Anthony Rizzo’s 30th birthday celebration had a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy.
Rizzo had a pair of hits on his big day, Nicholas Castellanos added to his Chicago surge with a pair of homers and the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-5 on Thursday night for their biggest NL Central lead of the season.
The Cubs’ sixth win in seven games gave them a 3 1/2-game margin over the idle Brewers and a sense that things are heading in the right direction.
Red Sox ace Chris Sale and assistant pitching coach Brian Bannister logged long hours in the video room after Sale was lit up twice by the rival Yankees recently.
With a few tweaks, the lanky left-hander was picture perfect Thursday night.
Sale righted himself and struck out 13 over eight innings of two-hit ball to lift Boston over the Los Angeles Angels 3-0. He had allowed 14 runs over nine innings during his previous two starts, both against New York, but he bounced back with his 13th double-digit strikeout game this season.
Red Sox left-hander David Price was placed on the 10-day injured list Thursday after an MRI revealed a cyst on his left wrist. The team announced that Price, 33, was treated with a shot of cortisone in the wrist Wednesday.
“The hope is for him to come [back] sooner rather than later, but we don’t have a timetable,” manager Alex Cora said about Price, who was not made available to address his injury. “We’ll make sure he’s OK, and we’ll go from there.”
Designated hitter Nelson Cruz strained his left wrist and was forced him out of Minnesota’s game in the fourth inning, after a swing and miss at a pitch from Cleveland’s Mike Clevinger in the opener of a key series between the AL Central front-runners.
The Blue Jays have claimed righty Zack Godley off waivers from the Diamondbacks, according to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. Toronto will owe Godley the remainder of his $609K salary.
Joe Panik, a New York native who attended St. John’s University in Queens, would fill a hole for the Mets, who learned this week that starting second baseman Robinson Cano will miss much — if not all — of the remaining season due to a torn left hamstring.