MLB News & Moments You Should Know: 4/28/2024

Alvarez blasts a pair of 461-foot homers in Astros' Mexico City win.

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In honor of the NFL Draft that concluded Saturday, you might be wondering who the lowest-drafted player to make it to the Baseball Hall of Fame. While the latest-draft member of the Pro Football Hall of Famer is offensive tackle Roosevelt Brown, taken in the 27th round of the 1953 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, baseball has one even later. That would be Mike Piazza, who was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 62nd round out of Miami Dade College in 1988, the 1,390th selection. Sure, he might have been helped by the fact that Tommy Lasorda, the manager of the Dodgers, was a friend of Piazza’s dad, but Piazza did all the work to make it through the minors and thrive in the majors.


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Alvarez + Altitude = Astros Avalanche


Playing in the Mile High City of Denver is one thing. Playing in Mexico City is another. At an altitude of 7,350 feet, you knew offense was going to be on center stage for the two-game Mexico City Series between the Houston Astros and Colorado Rockies. Slugger Yordan Alvarez and his immense power stole the show, crushing not one, but two homers that traveled the exact same distance โ€” 461 feet. The two blasts accounted for three RBIs as the Astros cruised past the Rockies 12-4. The offensive outburst, which featured 15 hits to match their season-best, came at the right time for the Astros, who were 7-26 entering the weekend.


Suarez Scoreless Streak Stopped


Sure, the Philadelphia Phillies have Aaron Nola and Zack Wheeler at the top of their rotation. But left-hander Ranger Suรกrez has been their best pitcher so far this season. Suarez, who entered Saturday’s start with a 25-inning scoreless streak, blanked the San Diego Padres for 7.2 innings before yielding a solo homer in a 5-1 victory. Suarez improved to 5-0 while walking none and striking out eight. His ERA stands at 1.32 following Saturday’s outing. The Phillies have been on fire, winning 10 of their last 12.


Kirby K’s Dozen


It was ’90s Night for the Seattle Mariners and George Kirby’s performance certainly made it feel like the age of dominant starting pitching. The right-hander struck out a career-best 12 and allowed just two hits over seven innings as the Mariners slipped past the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1. This came after his previous start was cut short due to arm soreness, but this was definitely vintage Kirby. The Mariners’ rotation has been scintillating, allowing two or fewer earned runs and striking out at least four in the last 15 games.


Alonso Fourth-Fastest To 200 HRs


No one doubts Pete Alonso’s ability to hit the long ball, but when you reach big round numbers and are mentioned with only a few other great sluggers, the perspective starts to come into focus. Alonso, the two-time Home Run Derby champion, crushed the 200th of his career in the New York Mets‘ 7-4 setback to the St. Louis Cardinals. He hit the big round number in the fourth-fewest games in MLB history, behind Ryan Howard (658), Aaron Judge (671) and Ralph Kiner (706).


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True Back-to-Back Blasts


There are back-to-back home runs and then there are back-to-back home runs on back-to-back pitches. Cue up Baltimore Orioles teammates Adley Rutschman, who hit a solo shot on a 1-1 pitch with two outs in the fifth inning, and Ryan Mountcastle, who made it 5-0 against Oakland A’s left-hander JP Sears.


White Sox Walk It Off


There won’t be that many Chicago White Sox highlights this season, so make sure not to miss them when they happen. Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run walk-off homer in the 10th inning to beat the Tampa Bay Rays 8-7.


Tip Of The Cap


The City Connect uniforms of the New York Mets made their on-field debut. While some have criticized them for being a little bit of a ripoff of their crosstown rival (particularly the black and white with pinstripes), the helmets certainly were top-notch with the Queensboro Bridge across the front, similar to the hats worn.


Injuries and Other Moves


โšพ Baltimore Orioles right-handed starter Kyle Bradish (sprained right UCL) is expected to be activated from the 15-day injured list this week to make his season debut. Bradish made a rehab start Friday. Another potential addition to the Orioles’ rotation is left-hander John Means (strained left forearm), who is likely to be making his final rehab start Sunday.

โšพ Astros left-handed starter Framber Valdez (left elbow soreness) was activated from the 15-day IL and will start Sunday.

โšพ Mariners right-handed reliever Matt Brash (right elbow inflammation) will be shut down indefinitely after feeling tightness following a bullpen session. Brash was on the verge of beginning a rehab assignment before this setback.

โšพ First baseman-outfielder Joey Gallo (sprained left AC joint) was put on the 10-day IL.

โšพ New York Mets right-handed reliever Drew Smith (right shoulder inflammation) went on the 15-day IL. Outfielder Starling Marte was put on the bereavement list.


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Steve Drumwright

Steve Drumwright is a lifelong baseball fan who retired as a player before he had the chance to be cut from the freshman team in high school. He recovered to become a sportswriter and have a successful journalism career at newspapers in Wisconsin and California. Follow him on Twitter and Threads @DrummerWrites.

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