MLB In Full Bloom - Wil Myers Inside The Park Home Run - 5/5/2014


Wil Myers hit the 11th inside-the-park homer in Tampa Bay Rays history on Sunday as the Rays defeated the Yankees 5-1 in the Bronx. Myers also supplied a double and the homer while driving in four runs. As the ball caromed off the top of the wall, then off Yankees centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury's chest and rolled away, Myers, who was jogging to first thinking the ball was gone, kicked into high gear and raced around the bases, scoring easily as the Yankees botched the relay. Myers finished the weekend with six hits in his 16 at-bats, with two homers and seven RBI along the way. So, what was more exciting for you this weekend - Wil Myers inside-the-park homer, the Kentucky Derby, five Game 7's in the NBA, or the NHL playoffs?


  • Jay Bruce (knee) will have surgery this week to repair a partially-torn meniscus in his left knee. He will have the surgery this week and then be sidelined at least 3-4 weeks for recovery. Chris Heisey is expected to see the bulk of the playing time in his absence and immediately becomes a strong option in mixed leagues.
  • Yasiel Puig is day-to-day after passing concussion tests after he ran into the outfield wall at Marlins Park. Puig gave it everything he had in an effort to run down what would be the game winning hit off the bat of Jeff Baker. Puig plays with a reckless abandon that fans like to see from him, but this style of play will lead to many minor injuries along the way.
  • Ernesto Frieri could reclaim the closer role soon according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia on Sunday. It appears that Frieri has worked his back into good graces with his manager and Joe Smith has to be wondering what he did wrong. All Smith has done since taking of for Frieri is go 3-for-3 in save opportunities and looking good while doing it. Frieri, who has retired 11 of 12 batters in his last four appearances looks to be on his way back to the 9th inning.
  • Starling Marte batted fifth in the lineup Sunday and promptly went 0-for-4 after hitting seventh and sixth earlier in the week. Manager Clint Hurdle said he has a spot in mind he prefers for Marte, but declined to reveal it. Marte is 8-for-21 with a homer, three RBI and two stolen bases since moving out of the leadoff spot six games ago.
  • Michael Choice had a career day on Sunday afternoon in the Rangers 14-3 win over the Angels. Choice went 2-for-5 with a home run and four RBI in the victory. Choice should continue to see the majority of his playing time against left-handers, but on Sunday his three-run home run came against right-hander Kevin Jepsen. Choice has struggled against right-handers, but this may get him in the line-up more.
  • Matt Cain (finger) was placed the 15-day disabled list with a lacerated finger. Cain was scratched from Tuesday's start when he cut his right index finger on a kitchen knife while making himself a pregame sandwich. This move is retroactive to April 24th. Yusmeiro Petit will start in Cain's place for the second time Monday and right-handed reliever Jake Dunning will be recalled from Triple-A¬†Fresno.
  • Josh Hamilton (thumb) is expected to begin taking live batting practice Friday in Arizona. Hamilton had surgery in April for a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb and is likely to miss another 3-4 weeks. He is currently rehabbing at the Angels' spring training complex in Tempe.