Two center fielders take Rookie of the Year honors
Two center fielders were named Rookie of Year in their respective leagues Monday, the first time that’s happened in a decade. Julio Rodriguez of the Seattle Mariners won American League honors, while Michael Harris II won the National League award. Rodriguez is the eighth center fielder to win the AL award and the first since teammate Kyle Lewis, whose career has stalled since winning the honor in the COVID-shortened 2020 season. Rodriguez is the fourth Dominican-born player to win AL honors, joining Alfredo Griffin in 1979 (co-winner with John Castino), Angel Berroa (2003) and Neftali Feliz (2010). It’s the ninth time a Braves player has the won award.mlive.com
Tons of strong candidates, but 3 stand out: Here’s my AL Rookie of the Year ballot
There were only three spots on my ballot, not 10, and it’s credit to Seattle Mariners center fielder Julio Rodriguez that he won so handily. But Cleveland Guardians left fielder Steven Kwan had 168 more plate appearances. Two relievers who absolutely merited consideration -- the Twins’ Jhoan Duran and the Orioles’ Felix Bautista -- aren’t on my ballot. OF Steven Kwan, Guardians3. C Adley Rutschman, Oriolesmlive.com
How to Watch the MLB Playoffs on October 13 - ALDS: Game 2 | Channel, Stream, Preview
Watch the MLB Playoffs on DirecTV StreamAMERICAN LEAGUESeattle Mariners vs. Houston Astros (Astros lead 1-0)Where: Minute Maid Park (Houston, Texas)Time: 3:37 p.m. Four Mariners had multi-hit performances in Game 1, including Julio Rodriguez, who went 2-4 with a pair of runs batted in, scoring three times. For the Astros, Framber Valdez will be on the rubber, coming in with a 4-2 postseason record in eight starts. Cleveland Guardians vs. New York Yankees (Yankees lead 1-0)Where: Yankee Stadium (The Bronx, N.Y.)Time: 7:37 p.m. Gerrit Cole was the star of the game for New York, allowing just one run, striking out eight in 6.1 innings of work.mlive.com
Justin Verlander gives up 6 runs, Astros rally to beat Mariners in ALDS opener
Justin Verlander hadn’t allowed a run in 11 consecutive innings coming into the MLB postseason. Despite the win for his team, Verlander is now 0-5 in his last six postseason starts (9 HR allowed). Verlander took to the mound amid a raucous crowd in Houston, but his struggles began almost immediately. The Mariners took a 4-0 lead when Rodriguez scored on single to center by France. Verlander finished the game allowing 6 runs on 10 hits, with 3 strikeouts and 1 walk in 4 innings.mlive.com
After Julio Rodriguez’s megadeal, should Tigers’ Riley Greene be next?
DETROIT -- When Riley Greene heard about Julio Rodriguez’s mega-contract with the Seattle Mariners last month, he may have seen dollar signs. Rodriguez, like Greene, is a 21-year-old outfielder who spent a couple years as an elite prospect before making his big-league debut in 2022. It’s awesome,” Greene said last month, when Rodriguez came to Detroit a few days after signing his new deal. So shouldn’t Greene be jumping at the opportunity to sign a long-term deal with the Tigers and get a nice windfall of cash up front? As for Greene, he’s far from a finished product, but he seems well settled as the Tigers’ starting center fielder in 2023.mlive.com
Kirby starts with record 24 straight strikes; Nats top M's
Seattle right-hander George Kirby set a major league record by throwing 24 straight strikes to start the game and fellow Mariners rookie Julio Rodriguez reached a new level, but Ildemaro Vargas hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning that lifted the Washington Nationals to a 3-1 win.
Home Run Derby 2022: Washington’s Juan Soto wins long ball contest
LOS ANGELES -- Washington’s Juan Soto defeated Seattle’s Julio Rodriguez 19-18 in the final to capture the Home Run Derby title at Dodger Stadium. Soto, who was competing in the Derby for the second time, had nine homers in the final minute of regulation in the two-minute final. Soto, the fourth seed, is the second Nationals player to win the Derby. Soto earns a $1 million prize and another highlight on his resume as his time with Washington possibly nears an end. The Athletic reported over the weekend that Soto turned down a $440 million, 15-year contract to stay with the Nationals, and he could be traded by the end of the month.mlive.com
Benches clear in 9th, Servais tossed as Mariners beat Astros
Mariners manager Scott Servais was ejected for his role in a benches-clearing scuffle in the ninth inning of Seattle’s 7-4 win over the Houston Astros, a game in which Cal Raleigh had a career-high four RBIs and Julio Rodriguez hit a late two-run shot.