Thursday's MLB: Judge slugs 3rd walk-off homer, Yankees beat Royals 1-0
New York — Aaron Judge hit his third walk-off homer this year, his major league-leading 39th home run, to lift the New York Yankees over the Kansas City Royals 1-0 Thursday night.
New York was held to one hit before Judge drove a first-pitch fastball from Scott Barlow (4-3) into the Kansas City bullpen with one out in the ninth, giving the Yankees their 12th walk-off win this season.
Judge joined Mickey Mantle as the only Yankees with three walk-off home runs in one season. Judge had been 0 for 2 with a pair of strikeouts and a walk before the homer.
Andrew Benintendi went 0 for 4 with one strikeouts in his Yankees debut, facing Kansas City one day after the Royals dealt him to New York for three minor league pitchers.
Clay Holmes (5-1) worked around two walks in a hitless ninth, combining on a four-hitter with Jameson Taillon and Ron Marinaccio.
Miami 7, (at) Cincinnati 6: Miami pitcher Daniel Castano was hit on the forehead by a 104 mph line drive off the bat of Donovan Solano in the first inning of the Marlins’ 7-6 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.
Miami said Castano showed mild concussion symptoms and was bruised,. and a CT scan was normal.
Miami earned a four-game split by overcoming a 5-4, ninth-inning deficit. Pinch-hitter Jesús Sánchez hoemred off Hunter Strickland (2-3), Joey Wendle hit a go-ahead double against Buck Farmer and Jesús Aguilar followed with sacrifice fly for his fourrth RBI.
Zach Pop (2-0) threw a perfect eighth. Tanner Scott allowed Tommy Pham’s RBI single and struck out Joey Votto with two on for his 14th save.
(At) Boston 4, Cleveland 2: Xander Bogaerts hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning, and Boston beat Cleveland for its fifth win in 20 games.
Guardians starter Triston McKenzie took a one-hit shutout into the sixth before putting two on with one out for Bogaerts, who hit an 0-2 slider out to turn a one-run deficit into a 3-1 lead.
Boston scored another when Bobby Dalbec’s drive off the Green Monster plated Franchy Cordero, who led off the seventh with a double.
McKenzie (7-7) allowed six hits and walked one in seven innings in his first loss since June 27.
Jake Diekman (2-0) retired all four batters he faced in relief of Boston starter Kutter Crawford. His allowed a solo homer by José Ramírez in the fourth. Garrett Whitlock pitched two innings for his third save.
(At) Baltimore 3, Tampa Bay 0: Trey Mancini hit an eighth-inning, inside-the-park home run in what may have been his final home plate appearance with Baltimore.
Jordan Lyles (7-8) allowed three hits in 5 2/3 innings. Lyles and Mancini both could be dealt by Tuesday's trade deadline.
Anthony Santander doubled home a run in the third off Ryan Yarbrough (0-6). Félix Bautista retired four batters for his third save.
Philadelphia 8, (at) Pittsburgh 7: Kyle Schwarber hit his NL-leading 32nd homer and Zack Wheeler pitched seven strong innings as Philadelphia built a large lead and held on to edge Pittsburgh.
Schwarber’s three-run shot off Zach Thompson (3-8) in the sixth inning gave the Phillies a 7-0 lead. In the seventh, rookie Cal Mitchell ended Wheeler’s shutout bid with a two-run homer.
The Pirates scored five times in the ninth inning. Tyler Heineman doubled in two runs and Kevin Newman hit a two-run triple off Jeurys Familia. Seranthony Dominguez replaced Familia and earned his sixth save in seven chances.
Nick Castellanos had three of the Phillies’ 15 hits. Schwarber, Rhys Hoskins, Alec Bohm and Matt Vierling added two each for Philadelphia, which won for the third time in four games.
Wheeler (9-5) allowed two runs on three hits, striking out eight and walking three. Thompson allowed seven runs and 11 hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Blue Jays announce $230 million stadium renovation plan
Toronto — The Blue Jays announced plans Thursday for a $230 million renovation of Rogers Centre, their downtown home since 1989 but said the change will not involve replacing the artificial turf surface with grass.
The renovation, to be undertaken in stages over the next two or three winters, will begin with the team adding raised bullpens in left and right field, adjusting the dimensions and heights of the current outfield wall and adapting outfield seating areas to add bars and patios, as well as a section of bleachers.
“The largest focus was to focus on modernizing the fan experience,” Blue Jays president Mark Shapiro said.
Shapiro did not disclose the outfield dimensions and fence heights, saying they have not been finalized.
After the 2023 season, the team will remodel the lower bowl to create better sight lines and reduce the amount of foul territory, and replace all the seats in the upper deck.
The Blue Jays will also use the renovation to upgrade and expand the home clubhouse, as well as facilities for players, such as weight rooms and training areas.
Shapiro said overall stadium capacity would be reduced once the renovations are complete, but could not say by how much.
Rogers Centre opened as SkyDome in June 1989, as the first retractable-roof stadium in the major leagues. It is now the seventh-oldest stadium among the 30.
Shapiro called the plans “a medium-term solution,” adding that the Blue Jays will eventually have to consider building a new stadium or undergo an even more substantial renovation of their current home.