With each day, with every swing, this run by Gary Sanchez becomes even more remarkable. The New York Yankees rookie hit a home run for the third straight game Saturday, highlighting a 13-5 rout over the Baltimore Orioles. ''It's fun to watch,'' teammate Starlin Castro said.
Unhappy because they felt the calls weren't being made evenly, the Detroit Tigers expressed their displeasure - several times. Victor Martinez and J.D. Martinez were ejected, along with manager Brad Ausmus and hitting coach Wally Joyner in a series of balls-and-strikes disputes as the Tigers' five-game winning streak ended Saturday night in a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. Victor Martinez argued with plate umpire Mike Everitt after taking strike one in the third inning.
Early run support went a long way to helping Texas Rangers right-hander A.J. Griffin produce his best outing of the season and outpitch the best road pitcher in the major leagues this season. Mitch Moreland's grand slam capped a bizarre, five-run first inning and Griffin pitched six strong innings as the Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 7-0 Saturday night. ''With A.J., we understand the pitch count,'' Texas manager Jeff Banister said.
Now that they're finally banging the ball around the yard, the New York Mets are thinking about that late-season charge that carried them all the way to the World Series last year. Yoenis Cespedes clocked a three-run homer, Kelly Johnson had a pinch-hit grand slam and Noah Syndergaard pitched two-hit ball over seven innings as the resurgent Mets routed the Philadelphia Phillies 12-1 on Saturday. Asdrubal Cabrera homered for the third time in two games, a two-run drive that put New York ahead against Jeremy Hellickson (10-8).
Despite a 10-year age gap, Astros rookies Alex Bregman and Yulieski Gurriel are facing some of the same challenges in adjusting to the majors. The pair showcased the skills that got them here Saturday night, combining for four hits and five RBIs to help Houston beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-2. The 22-year-old Bregman homered and had three RBIs on Saturday night.
Dustin Pedroia came to the plate in the eighth inning knowing he had some sort of special streak going. Pedroia had four hits to extend his streak to 11 straight at-bats before bouncing into a double play with a chance to tie the major-league record, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Kansas City Royals 8-3 on Saturday night. ''I heard something,'' said Pedroia, the 2008 AL MVP.
Jose Abreu has been at his best since reuniting with his young son. The slugger hit the first of four White Sox home runs and Jose Quintana threw 7 2/3 solid innings to lead Chicago past the Seattle Mariners 9-3 on Saturday night. Avisail Garcia and Alex Avila hit consecutive homers during a four-run fifth and Tyler Saladino added a two-run shot in the seventh, all off struggling reliever Vidal Nuno.
Victor Martinez threw his helmet onto the field from the dugout after being ejected from a game Saturday night, and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and hitting coach Wally Joyner were also ejected later. Martinez took strike one in the third inning from Angels left-hander Brett Oberholtzer, then turned to discuss the call with plate umpire Mike Everitt. Martinez eventually became more animated, and manager Brad Ausmus and teammate J.D. Martinez had to lead him off the field.