MLB News & Moments You Should Know: 6/13/2024

Seager Homers in Return to LA, Padres Walk Off A's Again

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Cavan Biggio went from unwanted in Toronto to the next Los Angeles Dodgers utility player project. Previous success stories Chris TaylorMax Muncy, and Kike Hernandez joined the Dodgers much earlier in their careers than the 29-year-old Biggio. But is there a better landing spot for a player hoping for a second chance in his sixth year? He showed up to Los Angeles to start at third base and hit ninth in front of Mookie BettsShohei Ohtani, and Freddie Freeman. There’s little pressure given the bottom half is already the minimal part of the min-maxed Dodgers lineup. A trio of major league sons didn’t pan out for the Blue Jays, but Biggio has a chance to become the latest reclamation project to succeed in L.A. And if he doesn’t, the Dodgers have plenty of time to figure out another option before the trade deadline.


Today’s Headlines


Familiar Sight Earns Rangers Win in Los Angeles

After a warm reception from Dodger fans on Tuesday, Texas Rangers shortstop Corey Seager greeted his old fans by sending a souvenir into the stands.

Seager’s homer gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead. Before the bottom of the ninth, with the score the same, the broadcast named Seager’s blast as the Play of the Game. That’s an obvious choice if the score held, but Jason Heyward stepped to the plate with Will Smith at second and Andy Pages at first. Heyward smoked a ball to right center. A Leody Tavares miscue gave Pages extra time to think about tying the game, and the Dodgers center fielder ran through a clear stop sign to end the game at the plate.

A Pair of Two-Homer Games, a Pair of Walk-Off Wins

San Diego Padres center fielder Jackson Merrill saw one pitch from Mason Miller in the bottom of the 9th. It was not a triple-digit fastball. Merrill walked off the Oakland Athletics on an 87-mph slider from the flamethrowing closer.

The winning home run was Merrill’s second of the day and just the third Miller has given up this season. Merrill homered off Oakland starter Hogan Harris in the fourth.

Padres third baseman Donovan Solano tied the game in the eighth with his second home run of the day.

The Padres made it back-to-back walk-off wins over the A’s after catcher Kyle Higashioka led off the ninth with a homer off Scott Alexander on Tuesday.

Mile High Scoreline in Minnesota

The Minnesota Twins made the Colorado Rockies feel at home with a high-scoring game at Target Field. The home team led 10-3 in the sixth after Royce Lewis launched a ball into the second deck. Lewis played Opening Day but missed April and May with a quadriceps strain. He has five home runs in eight games this season.

A single, an error by Carlos Correa, and an Amador GIDP helped the Rockies cut the deficit to two. Then the Twins scored seven in the eighth. Eight straight Twins reached base between the first and second outs of the inning.

Correa singled to left center, tapped a ball to second to put pressure on Rockies prospect Adael Amador in his third big league game, singled up the middle past the drawn-in infield, singled up the middle again, and singled to right. The Twins shortstop, a checker of advanced stats, seemed to know that he got his first five-hit game.

Bronx Bombs Travel 1,273 Feet to Sink Royals

Jose Trevino, Giancarlo Stanton, and Gleyber Torres crushed three homers that tallied eight runs for the New York Yankees. Stanton just missed the fountains in Kansas City and the Yankees won 11-5.


Best Moments From Yesterday



I think we’d all agree that hearing good news about an elbow is a great moment in the current pitching climate. Any news involving a top pitcher, arm pain, and an MRI feels ominous, but the Seattle Mariners shared a positive report after Bryan Woo underwent a scan.

Maybe this paid off?

Moos Not Boos

Colton Cowser hit a two-run homer to beat Atlanta, and I’m sure The Pasture was over the moon. Meet the rookie outfielder’s Holstein-themed fanbase (and hear from his father).

Coming to a Ballpark Near You?

Search for “Luis Robert Jr trade package” and you’ll find no shortage of teams tossed into potential talks for the Chicago White Sox center fielder. Robert returned from injury in June and immediately showed why he is a top-tier target for playoff contenders. Here’s his fourth homer in eight games. The Seattle Mariners won 2-1 in the 10th, but maybe this could encourage trader Jerry Dipoto to add Robert to the M’s.


Rickwood Game Throwbacks Announced

A clean, classic baseball uniform is one of the most beautiful things in sports. Both the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals have worn previous incarnations of these throwbacks, and these threads get the national spotlight on June 20th. Also, any reason to bring up James “Cool Papa” Bell of the St. Louis Stars is a win. (It’s not an article, but I’ll put a link to an excellent biography of Bell below.)



Injuries and Other Moves


⚾ The Toronto Blue Jays trade infielder/outfielder Cavan Biggio to the Los Angeles Dodgers for right-handed reliever Braydon Fisher. Fisher split time in Double-A and Triple-A this season.

⚾ The New York Yankees reinstated outfielder Jasson Dominguez from the 60-day IL and optioned him to Triple-A. They transferred outfielder Jon Berti to the 60-day IL to open a spot on the 40-man roster for Dominguez. 

San Diego Padres infielder/outfielder Jurickson Profar left Tuesday’s game with patellar tendinitis and sat out Wednesday. The Padres have an off day today.

⚾ The Chicago White Sox reinstated outfielder Andrew Benintendi and right-handed reliever Steve Wilson from the injured list. The club optioned outfielder Duke Ellis to Triple-A and designated left-handed reliever Tim Hill for assignment.

⚾ Left-handed relief pitcher Shane Drohan will return to the Boston Red Sox after the White Sox designated the offseason Rule 5 draft pick for assignment on Sunday, June 9th.

⚾ The Miami Marlins reinstated right-handed pitcher JT Chargois from the 60-day IL and optioned right-handed reliever Emmanuel Ramirez to Triple-A. 

⚾ The Chicago Cubs signed right-handed reliever Jorge Lopez to a minor league deal.

Articles You Should Read


Oneil Cruz Has Shaken Off the Rust — Jay Jaffe, Fangraphs

The Bona Fide Legend of Cool Papa Bell: Speed, Grace, and the Negro League — Lonnie Wheeler


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Photos courtesy of Icon Sportswire
Adapted by Kurt Wasemiller (@kurtwasemiller on Twitter / @kurt_player02 on Instagram)

Scott Appleman

Scott Appleman is a utility infielder with a master's degree in sports journalism from St. Bonaventure, a JV MVP award and two career home runs. He writes Thrill Shot, a Substack newsletter about champions and contenders.

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