In what seems to be becoming a trend on Tuesday nights, Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna homered, powering the Marlins to victory over the A’s, 8-1. (Both sluggers are now in the top ten in All-Star voting!) Jose Urena cruised through six innings, giving up just three hits, a run and a walk. Ichiro tied (future Marlins’ owner?) Derek Jeter for most interleague hits all-time, with 364.
“Potential” owner may be the best Jeter can hope for, since both his and Tom Glavine’s respective groups are reportedly well shy of the $1.3 billion asking price. Nevertheless, commissioner Rob Manfred reaffirmed his confidence that the Marlins would sell, most likely to one of the two groups.
The Marlins went to college on Day 2 of the MLB draft, as all eight of their picks in rounds three through ten were from the level, headed by former Kentucky infielder, Riley Mahan.
More good news for the Major League team: regulars Justin Bour, Martin Prado and Adeiny Hechavarria are all set to begin rehab assignments in the next 48 hours and could be rejoining the club very soon. Bour could be back Friday, while Prado and Hechavarria will hopefully be ready sometime during the next homestand.
And if that isn’t enough good news for you or if the team’s record still has you down, well this will certainly lift your spirits.
Around the League
For once, it’s hard to argue with how the All-Star Game voting is going. Take a look at the AL leaders! Can’t quarrel with the NL much either, except someone needs to get a Marlin (see first paragraph) past the two Cubs currently in third and fourth place. (Hint, hint: vote here.)
Dodgers’ rookie slugger Cody Bellinger became the fastest ever to a fourth multi-homer game, launching his 16th and 17th dingers in just his 45th Major League game. Yasiel Puig, known for the occasional bat flip, did a very different kind of flip after his own home run.
Twins outfielder Eddie Rosario did his best Scooter Gennett impression, hitting three home runs, as Minnesota destroyed Seattle, 20-7. (Insert obligatory football-score joke about the Vikings and Seahawks here.)
Speaking of other sports, let me conclude by reminding you of the joyous fact that baseball is the only active major professional sport in North America for 85 more days. Summer is upon us!