Yankees announced that they have placed RHP Michael Pineda on the 15-day disabled.
This was bound to happen and the Yankees decided today was the day. Clayton Kerhsaw has missed over a month of action due to the same injury. Pineda, who is in the midst of serving a 10-game suspension for his use of pine tar, suffered the injury while throwing a simulated game on April 29th. He had been shut down since that game but it seems he'll need more time to recover. David Phelps has been filling in for Pineda since the pine tar incident.ANALYST: Drew Phelps
Hanser Alberto went 1-for-5 with two RBI, including the go-ahead single in the 15th inning of the Rangers’ win over the Blue Jays on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS.
What a storybook ending to Game 2 for Alberto, who made a crucial error in the second inning which eventually helped the Blue Jays plate two runs to tie the game early, 3-3. But Alberto came back in the 15th inning to laser a go-ahead, run-scoring single to center field to give the Rangers all the room they would need to escape with a 2-0 ALDS lead. Texas added an insurance run one batter later to give them some cushion, but it was Alberto’s RBI that mainly allowed them to head to Texas with a huge upper hand. Alberto could have a gigantic role coming this postseason. With Adrian Beltre dealing with a back injury, Alberto will be called on to handle the hot corner at third base and provide some sort of stability out of the No. 9 spot in the order. Analysis: Zack Carpenter
Josh Donaldson went 1-for-6 with a solo home run against the Rangers on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS.
After leaving yesterday’s game with a concussion and putting a big scare into Jays fans everywhere, Donaldson came back and immediately showed off the power that netted him 41 homers during the regular season with a laser shot to center field in the first inning. He had a chance to end the game, bombing a long foul ball that would have sent the Blue Jays walking off in the 13th inning, which led to the benches clearing in a heated (yet eventually uneventful) altercation. The 2015 AL MVP (or at least he should be) is the leader of the best offense in baseball as the first to hit in front of the deadly foursome of himself, Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion and Troy Tulowitzki. Coming into the postseason as the favorites to make it to the World Series out of the AL, Toronto and its core of superstars now have their hands full with an 0-2 hole to dig itself out of as they head to Texas on Sunday. Donaldson (1-for-7 in the series after making just two plate appearances in Game 1) will need to show off the juice in his bat if the Jays want to meet their high expectations. Analysis: Zack Carpenter
Kristaps Porzingis will start for the Knicks on Friday.
Knicks fans rejoice everywhere, finally feeling that a top draft pick is getting every chance to develop and succeed in the organization for the first time in a while. He's an exciting player to watch with once in a generation physical skills, but he's got a lot of learning to do. The preseason is a prefect place to get that done. Analysis: Dom Murtha