As always, Thursday is a travel day for several teams around the league, so there are only 12 MLB games on the schedule. Here is what you need to know going into Thursday’s action:
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Baseball schedule/scores for Thursday, June 20
- FINAL – Rangers 4, Indians 2 (box score)
- LIVE – Rockies at Diamondbacks (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Phillies at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Astros at Yankees, 7:05 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Angels at Blue Jays, 7:07 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Marlins at Cardinals, 7:15 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Mets at Cubs, 8:05 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Reds at Brewers, 8:10 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Twins at Royals, 8:15 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Rays at Athletics, 10:07 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Orioles at Mariners, 10:10 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
- UPCOMING – Giants at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. ET (GameTracker)
Blackmon stays hot with leadoff homer
No player in baseball is hotter than Charlie Blackmon right now. Since returning from his calf strain two weeks ago, Blackmon has gone 26 for 54 (.481) with five doubles and six home runs in 11 games. He has 25 hits in his last nine games.
So what did Blackmon do to start Thursday afternoon’s series finale with the D-Backs? A leadoff dinger, of course. It was his 17th home run of the season and fifth leadoff homer, tying George Springer for the MLB leadoff homer lead.
When he hit the injured list last month, Blackmon was sporting a strong .300/.356/.565 batting line. He’s since raised that to an otherworldly .339/.385/.646. Yes, he plays in Coors Field and that helps, but not every Rockies player hits like that.
The Rockies as a team have been on an offensive hot streak for over a month now. Dating back to May 1, they lead all teams in runs (294), batting average (.301), on-base percentage (.360), and OPS (.867).
- It is Thursday, . Giants LHP Madison Bumgarner has seen his velocity and strikeout rate tick up recently, which is a promising development.
- . It is important to note the team is only exploring this option. The Rays are a long way from finalizing any relocation or ballpark plans.
- . Baseball lifer Phil Regan, 82, will take over as pitching coach on a interim basis. Ricky Bones returns to the team as bullpen coach.
- . The new netting will extend further down the line but not all the way to the foul pole. They are the second team to announce extended netting this week.
- . The deserving All-Star is making better contact from both sides of the plate and has emerged as one of the most valuable players in baseball this year.
- The Rockies placed SS Trevor Story on the injured list with a thumb sprain, the club announced. He suffered the injury sliding into second base Wednesday. SS Brendan Rodgers was called up in a corresponding move.
- The Cardinals have activated RHP Adam Wainwright from the injured list, the team announced. He missed the minimum 10 days with a hamstring problem. RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon was sent to Triple-A in a corresponding move.
- The Blue Jays activated trade chip RHP Ken Giles from the injured list, the club announced. He missed the minimum 10 days with elbow inflammation. RHP Justin Shafer was sent to Triple-A to clear a roster spot.
- The Phillies placed RHP Pat Neshek on the injured list with a hamstring issue, the team announced. Philadelphia currently has seven relievers on the injured list. RHP Ranger Suarez was called up in a corresponding move.
- The Orioles placed breakout LHP John Means on the injured list with a shoulder strain, the club announced. He could return as soon as next weekend. OF Dwight Smith Jr. was activated off the 7-day concussion injured list in a corresponding move.
- The Rangers designated LHP Drew Smyly for assignment, the team announced. Smyly has allowed 49 runs in 51 1/3 innings this year, his first back from Tommy John surgery. LHP Locke St. John was called up in a corresponding move.