Leading: J-Rod Hurt, Judge Rule, Mets Rolling

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fingers crossed

Playoff-optimistic Seattle Mariners are holding their collective breath that All-Star rookie Julio Rodriguez is not seriously injured.

Rodriguez suffered an injury to the back of his right hand near his wrist while swinging awkwardly on the pitch in the eighth inning on Saturday night in Houston. He hit outside, but defended in the lower back before exiting in the ninth.

Seattle manager Scott Servais said the outfielder would get an X-ray later on Saturday.

“He didn’t feel comfortable with a bat in his hand,” Servais said. “So, we’ll pray it’s not broken.”

Abraham Toro pinched for Rodriguez and conceded a two-run single in the ninth with two outs as the Mariners rallied for a 5-4 victory.

Rodriguez, 21, who was 0 for 4 with three strikes, is batting. 274 with 18 homers and 57 RBI.

all rise

Yankees slugger Aaron Judge has been in incredible tears since the all-star break, hitting .436 in 10 games with nine homers and 21 RBIs. He went deep again in Saturday’s win over Kansas City, becoming the second fastest player in major league history to reach 200 career home runs.

Judge’s 200th homer came in his 671st career game. Philadelphia’s Ryan Howard achieved the feat in his 658th game in 2009.

Qualified for free agency after the season, Judge has 42 homers and is on pace for 67. He is with Sammy Sosa and behind Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire, the most in MLB history before August 2. Bond set a season record in 2001 with 73 homers.

The American League-leading Yankees attempted a four-game sweep. They have won seven straight against the Royals and 10 of the last 11.

Best of the Mets

Taijuan Walker (8-2, 2.67 ERA) and NL pre-leading New York Mets go for their sixth straight win and a three-game sweep in Miami when they take on Pablo López (7-5, 3.03) and the Marlins.

Through 100 games, the Mets (63–37) have the second best record in club history. The 1986 World Series Championship team was 68–32 at the same time.

The Marlins lost their sixth straight at home. They haven’t made a home to their own ballpark since July 5 – a stretch of 11 games.

e-rod emerges

Tigers left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez will report to Detroit’s Spring Training facility in Florida and may pitch for Class A Lakeland next week.

Rodriguez signed a $77 million, five-year contract last November, but hasn’t pitched for the Tigers since May 18, when he left a game against Tampa Bay with sprained ribs in the first innings. He was then placed on the banned list on June 13 due to personal reasons.

The former Boston Red Sox pitcher is 1-3 with 4.38 ERA in eight starts. The Tigers spent big on him and shortstop Javier Baez last winter, but struggled this season, going 41-61 in Sunday’s game in Toronto.

Ouch!

Keeping a slim lead in the AL Central, the Minnesota Twins will be without two dangerous hitters for some time.

The team placed outfielder Max Kepler and infielder Miguel Sano on a 10-day injury list on Saturday, in a major blow to the side with playoff aspirations.

Sano’s return to IL with inflammation of the left knee is particularly difficult as he returned just four days before missing 75 games after surgery in May to repair a torn meniscus in the knee. He apparently outgrown the knee recently during rehab work.

The Twins say they will have an MRI when they return to Minneapolis after the weekend series in San Diego.

Sano scored 0 for 6 in his three games.

Kepler broke the fifth toe of his right foot after being hit by a pitch in Detroit last Sunday. He had worked out and the Twins hoped to put him on the active roster but decided to take him off.

Kepler was hitting .244 with nine homers and 39 RBI.

guard down

Guardian breakout slugger Josh Naylor has been sidelined and is set to meet with team doctors after experiencing numbness in the same right ankle he seriously injured in June 2021.

Naylor was dropped from the lineup on Saturday before losing 6-4 to the Rays, and manager Terry Francona said Naylor would be evaluated when the team returned home after Sunday’s series finale.

“He was on his way to loose and he said it went numb on him and it was difficult for him to walk,” Francona said. “It’s hard to imagine that something significant happened when he was on his way to let loose, so it’s hopeful.”

At a game in Minnesota on June 27, 2021, Naylor was in right field and chasing a shallow flyball when he collided with second baseman Ernie Clement on Jorge Polanco’s single.

Naylor has been hitting .282 in 70 games this season with 14 homers, 53 RBI and a .846 OPS.

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