Did somebody designate June 1 as MLB Grand Slam Day?
It sure felt like it as bases-loaded shots cleared the fences in three different stadiums on Saturday.
Mike Napoli's third-inning grand slam fueled an 11-1 Boston barrage at Yankee Stadium in which the Red Sox ripped 18 hits off three Yankee hurlers and improved their AL East lead over the Bombers to two games. While Napoli was going 3-for-5, the real deal was leadoff hitter Daniel Nava, who stroked four singles, drove in four runs and scored a pair himself, getting his batting average close to the magic .300 mark, at .296.
Along with Cleveland's 5-0 win over the Rays, the AL East remains pretty tight. Baltimore is just 2 1/2 back of Boston and the rays three games out.
The Yankees and Red Sox play the rubber game of their three-game series at 8:00 pm EDT. The game will be nationally-televised by ESPN.
Goldschmidt added a single, going 2-for-5 on the day, and scored three times.
Slightly overshadowed by Cabrera and Davis in the AL, Goldschmidt is having a memorable season in Arizona, batting .332 (6th in the NL) with 45 RBI, which is tied with Justin Upton for the most in the league. His 13 homers is fourth-best in the NL. In just his second full season, Goldschmidt is developing into one of the most-respected batters in either league.
With the Cardinals taking a pair from the Giants - 8-0 and 7-1 - Arizona's win has them suddenly 2 1/2 up on both San Francisco and Colorado in the NL West.
After dropping Friday's game to the Cubs, 7-2, the Diamondbacks will be looking to take the series, Sunday at 2:20 pm EDT.
Today's Trivia: The career mark for World Series on-base percentage is a stunning 70%. Who holds the record? (answer tomorrow)
Yesterday's Answer: Cy Young, who holds the major league mark of 511 career wins, also lost the most ever by a pitcher. Young was on the wrong end of the score 316 times.