Thanks to doubleheaders in Boston and the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, there are a whopping 17 MLB games on the schedule Saturday. Here’s what you need to know going into the day’s action:
- For the first time in MLB, Mariners lefty Yusei Kikuchi and Angels slugger Shohei Ohtani will face each other Saturday. They faced each other five times in Japan. Kikuchi and Ohtani attended the same high school, but not at the same time.
- With two wins over the Red Sox and a Yankees loss, the Rays would regain sole possession of first place in the AL East on Saturday. Tampa has won three straight games while the Yankees have dropped four of their last five.
- Speaking of the Yankees, CC Sabathia will go for his 250th career win Saturday. He’s facing the Indians in Cleveland, where he started his career. Sabathia would become only the 13th pitcher in history with 250 wins and 3,000 strikeouts.
- The Cubs are looking for their second straight win over the Cardinals. The home team is a perfect 7-0 in their head-to-head games this season. The Cubs and Cardinals are playing three games at Wrigley Field this weekend.
- The molten-hot Rockies could move into sole possession of the second NL wild-card spot with a win and a Braves loss. Colorado has won 10 of their last 12 games. They are 30-17 since starting the season 3-12.
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Baseball schedule/scores for Saturday, June 8th
- FINAL, Game 1 – Rays 9, Red Sox 2 (box score)
- FINAL, Game 1 – Rangers 10, Athletics 5 (box score)
- FINAL – White Sox 2, Royals 0 (box score)
- LIVE – Diamondbacks at Blue Jays (GameTracker)
- LIVE – Reds at Phillies (GameTracker)
- LIVE – Twins at Tigers (GameTracker)
- LIVE – Braves at Marlins (GameTracker)
- LIVE – Pirates at Brewers (GameTracker)
- LIVE – Orioles at Astros (GameTracker)
- LIVE – Yankees at Indians (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING, Game 2 – Rays at Red Sox, 6:10pm ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Dodgers at Giants, 7:15pm ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Rockies at Mets, 7:15pm ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Cardinals at Cubs, 7:15pm ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING, Game 2 – Athletics at Rangers, 9:05pm ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Mariners at Angels, 10:07pm ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Nationals at Padres, 10:10pm ET (GameTracker)
Eloy goes deep, Giolito dominates for ChiSox
Eloy Jimenez’s rookie season has not gone according to plan thus far. The White Sox wunderkind went into Saturday’s game hitting .227/.278/.383 on the season. His 31.1 percent strikeout rate is 12th highest among the 236 players with at least 150 plate appearances this year.
Jimenez went into Saturday’s game mired in a 13-for-62 (.210) skid since returning from his ankle injury last month. The noted power prospect was homer-less in his last 53 plate appearances. On Saturday, Jimenez cranked an opposite field two-run shot against Royals righty Brad Keller that will maybe, possibly, perhaps help get his rookie season on track.
Although young players are coming up and having an immediate impact more right now than ever before, that jump from Triple-A to the big leagues can be a doozy. Look at Yoan Moncada and Lucas Giolito. Both experienced adjustment periods and are now key contributors to an up-and-coming ChiSox team. Give Jimenez time and he’ll do the same.
Speaking of Giolito, the 24-year-old right-hander turned in another gem Saturday, striking out 11 Royals in 7 2/3 shutout innings. He allowed only three hits. Giolito’s 2.28 ERA is second lowest in the American League behind Jake Odorizzi (1.96 ERA), and his 30.8 percent strikeout rate is fifth highest in baseball overall.
A year ago Giolito threw 173 1/3 innings with a 6.13 ERA and became the first pitcher in a decade to throw enough innings to qualify for the ERA title with an ERA north of 6.00.. Jimenez may be struggling, but Giolito is coming into his own, and the makings of the next contending White Sox team is beginning to come into focus.
- . Rutschman is regarded as a standout defensive catcher, though he’s athletic enough to possibly play third base or right field.
- Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton (biceps, shoulder, quad) could begin a minor league rehab assignment next week, reports ESPN. OF Aaron Judge (oblique) could start playing in rehab games within two weeks.
- Reds 2B Scooter Gennett (groin) could start a rehab assignment next week, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer. He’s been out since spring training. The Reds are in last place and could trade Gennett, an impending free agent, before the deadline.
- The Pirates activated OF Corey Dickerson (shoulder) and IF Jung Ho Kang (side) off the injured list, the club announced. IF Cole Tucker was optioned to Triple-A and RHP Nick Kingham was designated for assignment in corresponding moves.
- The Red Sox placed 1B Mitch Moreland on the 10-day injured list with a quad strain, the team announced. Moreland returned from a back issue Friday. IF Marco Hernandez was called up in a corresponding move.
- The Cardinals placed IF Jedd Gyorko on the 10-day injured list with a back strain, the club announced. IF Tommy Edman was called up and RHP Merandy Gonzalez was designated for assignment in corresponding moves.
- The Twins sent struggling UTIL Willians Astudillo to Triple-A, the team announced. Despite his microscopic strikeout rate, Astudillo hit .214/.236/.301 in his last 30 games. RHP Ryan Eades was called up in a corresponding move.
- The Yankees placed RHP Masahiro Tanaka on the paternity list, the club announced. They will need someone to make his scheduled start Sunday. LHP Nestor Cortes was called up to fill Tanaka’s roster spot.