MLB News & Moments You Should Know: 5/5/2024

Twins extended their winning streak to 12, their longest since 1991.

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Unofficial holidays are some of the best. Saturday’s May the 4th celebration of everything “Star Wars” gave MLB social-media teams and scoreboard operators carte blanche to morph anything in something related to the iconic franchise. More shenanigans could be in store for today as May 5 is not only Cinco de Mayo, but another day to celebrate “Star Wars” as it is Revenge of the 5th.


Today’s Headlines


12 Straight For Twins

If you believe in omens, Saturday was a pretty big day for the Minnesota Twins. The Twins entered the day riding an 11-game winning streak. The last time they hit 12 in a row? That would be 33 years ago, the same season the Twins last won the World Series. Saturday’s triumph was of the run-of-the-mill variety, with Max Kepler homering, Carlos Correa driving in a pair and right-hander Pablo López striking out eight over six innings to beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1. The 1991 Twins team set the franchise record with 15 consecutive wins en route to a World Series championship.

Arraez Shines In Padres Debut

Luis Arraez was very eager to join the San Diego Padres. Just hours after the trade that sent him from the Miami Marlins to the Padres became official, Arraez made the quick trip from Oakland, where the Marlins were facing the A’s, to Phoenix, where the Padres had just started a series against the Diamondbacks. Arraez made an instant impact. Batting leadoff as the designated hitter, he doubled in his first plate appearance and finished 4-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI in the Padres’ 13-1 triumph. The two-time batting champion became the first player in team history with four hits in his debut.

Muncy Drills 3 HRs, Dodgers Blast Atlanta

When facing the Los Angeles Dodgers‘ lineup, it is pick your poison. Mookie Betts? Shohei Ohtani? Freddie Freeman? Will Smith? They all can single-handedly win a game. But then there are the other guys for the Dodgers. Andy Pages is starting to look like an impact player. But Max Muncy has been doing it for a few years now. On Saturday, he had one of those games, clubbing three homers for the first time in his MLB career as the Dodgers blew out Atlanta 11-2. As part of a four-hit night, Muncy hit a two-run homer in the second inning, then his solo shots in the seventh and eighth innings. That gives him eight homers, tying Ohtani (who also homered Saturday) for the team lead. (More on Ohtani’s homer later.)

A’s Score 20, Reach .500

Name the first team to score 20 runs in a game this season. If you said the Oakland A’s, you probably had inside info. But the A’s are the correct answer. The A’s, following a 3-hour, 23-minute rain delay, exploded against the Marlins for a 20-4 victory. The onslaught included a 10-run third inning in which Brent Rooker hit two home runs, a two-run rocket, and a three-run blast. He became the first A’s player since Mark McGwire on September 22, 1996, to hit a pair of homers in the same inning. Rooker’s big inning slightly overshadowed rookie third baseman Brett Harris who hit the first two homers of his MLB career. This was also the A’s sixth straight victory and brought them to .500 at 17-17.


Best Moments From Yesterday


Double-Colored Lightsaber

Check out Baltimore Orioles shortstop Gunnar Henderson’s bat for May the 4th. One question: Is he a Rebel or with the Empire?

Ohtani Gives Roberts A Porsche?

Shohei Ohtani hit his team-leading eighth homer of the season. Generally, that wouldn’t be a noteworthy accomplishment, but Ohtani’s blast broke a tie with manager Dave Roberts for the most homers by a Japanese-born Dodgers player. The day before, Ohtani walked into Roberts’ office and said he had gotten the skipper something to commemorate Roberts’ mark: a car. It just wasn’t any car though, it was a Porsche, although it was of the miniature variety.

A Crew For Brew

It has long been a tradition of a team’s rookies making a Starbucks run before a day game at Wrigley Field. For the Milwaukee Brewers, who are one of the youngest teams in MLB, that means sending about one-third of the active roster to fetch beverages.


Injuries and Other Moves


New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole (right elbow discomfort) threw off a mound for the first time since spring training, saying, “It’s a good step.”

As expected, Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Trea Turner (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list. Infielder Kody Clemens was called up from Triple-A. Turner said he expects to be out at least six weeks.

San Francisco Giants catcher Patrick Bailey went on the seven-day concussion IL. Catcher Blake Sabol was promoted from Triple-A.

The Chicago White Sox called up top third base prospect Bryan Ramos from Double-A to make his MLB debut. Ramos is the White Sox’s No. 4 prospect. Infielder-outfielder Danny Mendick (lower-back tightness) went on the 10-day IL.

Atlanta right-handed reliever Pierce Johnson (right elbow inflammation) was put on the 15-day IL. Right-handed reliever Jackson Stephens was called up from Triple-A.


Articles You Should Read


Quantifying the power of the first-pitch strike — Travis Sawchik, The Score

Giants haunted by inability to develop outfielders — John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle

A season of chaos? It is looking that way — Joel Sherman, New York Post


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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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