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A full slate of games on Tuesday featured plenty of exciting, noteworthy moments as well as generating some news and injury updates. Let’s check out what you need to know from around MLB.
Anthony Rizzo hit three home runs
Anthony Rizzo has been around MLB for a while — 12 years to be exact. And he’s hit a lot of home runs — over 250 in his career. But the Yankees slugger accomplished a career first on Tuesday by hitting three home runs in New York’s win over the Orioles.
A three-run home run in the third inning, a two-run homer in the fifth, and a solo shot in the eighth made for a six-RBI game for Rizzo. The first baseman had been off to a hot start to 2022 with a 181 OPS+ and only got even hotter with his three-home run performance.
Anthony Rizzo TRIPLE SYNCHRONIZED HOMERS ??? pic.twitter.com/ewefdaxpFO
— Matt (@HoodieGleyber) April 27, 2022
2017 Letter from MLB to Yankees comes unsealed
Much has been made about the release of a letter from the MLB to the Yankees regarding technology violations made by the team. With the Astros sign-stealing scandal, other instances of potential misuse of technology have come under the microscope. The move to unseal the document comes after a judge denied New York’s request to keep the letter out of the public eye, adding to people’s belief that the letter would incriminate the Yankees in some way.
The letter showed the league reached out in regards to how the team used replay monitors during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, relaying pitch sequences to runners on base, or in some cases, calling to the replay room to ask about pitch identification.
The violations came before the memo sent in September of 2017, explicitly outlawing such use of technology. The Yankees were fined $100,000.
Statements from the Yankees and Major League Baseball on the Yankees Letter: pic.twitter.com/fNPu4NwIrX
— Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) April 26, 2022
Twins Walk Off in Wild Fashion
Trailing the Tigers 4-3 in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Twins needed something to break their way to salvage a win. They got just that when Miguel Sanó lined a ball to right field with one out and runners on first and second. The ball first bounced off of Robbie Grossman’s glove and caromed off the right-field fence. A quick relay to home held lead runner Trevor Larnach at third. However, Sanó didn’t stop at first, forcing Gio Urshela at second to also advance.
Just when it looked like Minnesota had run itself into at least one if not two more outs, they caught a break. Tigers catcher Eric Haase overthrew third base, allowing Larnach and Urshela to come around and score, winning the game.
Everyone: Ugh. Another night of Minnesota sports. ??
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 27, 2022
Best Moments From Yesterday
Alonso Hit By Pitch… Again
Pete Alonso got hit by a pitch on Tuesday up near his head. If this sounds familiar, it’s because it is. It’s the second time in the young season Alonso has found himself on the receiving end of a pitch to the helmet. Hit by pitches have become a theme for the Mets in 2022. New York has now been hit by 18 pitches through their 19 games this year.
Pete Alonso is hit on the helmet and the Mets are not happy one bit. pic.twitter.com/Kh88hgCuKJ
— SNY (@SNYtv) April 27, 2022
Trout Goes Deep
Mike Trout did Mike Trout things on Tuesday, hitting his fifth home run of the young season. Concerns about Trout’s wrist have quickly subsided as the Angels superstar hasn’t appeared to miss a beat. His third-inning blast off of Triston McKenzie was a no-doubter off the bat, with an exit velocity of 103.6 miles per hour.
??TROUT HORN GOIN' UP ON A TUESDAY?? pic.twitter.com/V8fzzZa6Jm
— Cut4 (@Cut4) April 27, 2022
Fan Makes Great Grab
This Reds fan made a good case for a contract with the rebuilding franchise. A fan on the third-base line made a one-handed snag on a foul ball — impressive in its own right. But the kicker is, the fan made the catch while feeding a baby. Someone get them a contract.
Catching a foul ball while bottle-feeding the baby… just dad things. pic.twitter.com/tTXL0oDquu
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) April 27, 2022
Freeman Celebrates with Dad
It looks like parents were the stars of the show on Tuesday as another graces the list. In Sunday’s Dodgers game, Freddie Freeman hit a home run and celebrated by giving his dad a high five.
Freddie Freeman high fived his dad after hitting a home run ?
— The Athletic MLB (@TheAthleticMLB) April 24, 2022
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