MLB In Full Bloom - Ortiz Belts Two Homers As Red Sox Offense Explodes - 7/22/2014



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The trade deadline is fast approaching and the Red Sox are holding their horses. The hitters who weren’t hitting — Stephen Drew (three-run homer, four RBIs Monday night), Xander Bogaerts (three hits), and Jackie Bradley Jr. (two hits, two RBIs) are now hitting. In addition, David Ortiz slammed a pair of two-run homers off Brad Mills in the Red Sox's 14-1 drubbing of the Blue Jays on Monday. Ortiz has long been known as one of baseball's premier power hitters, and last night, the Red Sox slugger continued to climb through the ranks in the game's record books. In the fourth inning, Ortiz hit his 452nd career homer to deep center field and for a moment, he was tied with Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski at No. 36 on the all-time home run list. Then in the fifth, he broke a tie with Yastrzemski as he went deep for a second time, his team-high 22nd of the season to right field to give Boston a 13-1 lead. It was his third multi-homer game of the season and 44th of his career. The Red Sox have won eight out of nine and are just 7 1/2 games behind the Baltimore Orioles. They have 63 games remaining and a second half surge is certainly possible for the defending World Champions.


  • Cliff Lee returned from the disabled list on Monday night and struggled through 5 2/3 innings. Lee gave up six runs and 12 hits in a loss to the Giants in Philadelphia. Lee's velocity is typically in the 89-92 mph range when healthy, but he was working more at 86-89 mph last night. Combine that with the fact that he still has some rust and the result turned out to be that Lee was very hittable in his return. He will face the Diamondbacks in his next outing, so keep him active in mixed leagues for now.
  • Adam Jones went 2-for-4 with a couple of two-run homers in Monday's 4-2 win against the Angels. Jones' first inning shot off Matt Shoemaker put the Orioles on top 2-0. Five innings later, Jones hit a 443 foot moon shot over the left center wall to give Baltimore a 4-2 lead. Jones has two homers and nine RBI over his last three games. He is now batting .300 is on pace for 30+ home runs and 100+ RBI. 
  • Ian Desmond went 5-for-5 with three runs scored, two RBI and a home run Monday night against the Rockies. Desmond is now has an eight game hitting streak and has gone hitless in only two games during July. The shortstop is slashing .357 with 13 RBI so far in July.
  • Dee Gordon was 2-for-5 in Monday's victory over the Pirates and he collected his 45th base as well. Gordon now has seven hits in his last three games and is batting .297. He's now stolen three bags in his last five games.
  • According to Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto, the club has no plans to temporarily shut down Garrett Richards in order to limit his workload. Richards is already at 131 1/3 innings, just short of the 145 innings he threw last season. He has never thrown more than 157 innings in a season before in pro ball, but Dipoto said there haven't been any discussions about giving him a break.
  • Matt Cain (elbow) was placed on the disabled list on Monday with elbow tendinitis. Cain underwent an MRI on Monday that revealed no structural damage. Inflammation can often make MRI results difficult to view, however, so Cain may not be out of the woods just yet. The Giants remain optimistic that he'll be able to avoid season-ending surgery, and will likely take another scan after the inflammation clears up. Cain has landed on the disabled list three times this season and is on pace to post the worst ERA of his career (4.18). Despite all the good news, he remains without a timetable to return to throwing.
  • Tommy Milone has asked the Oakland Athletics to be traded after being demoted to Triple-A earlier this month. Milone was sent to Triple-A. He lost his rotation spot following the Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel trade. Milone was 6-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 16 starts for the Athletics this year. He is 31-22 with a 3.74 ERA for Oakland over the last three seasons since being acquired from the Nationals in the Gio Gonzalez trade. Several teams have contacted Athletics GM Billy Beane about the left-hander, but the team does not want to trade him at this time.