The Mariners received some bad news on Mother’s Day when second baseman Robinson Cano broke his hand after getting hit by a pitch.
Cano was placed on the 10-day disabled list Monday, and will meet with a specialist Tuesday to determine if surgery is required. The Mariners could have wallowed in self pity against the Twins, but instead blanked them 1-0.
Wade LeBlanc started for Seattle, tossing six scoreless innings with four strikeouts. He was locked in a pitchers’ duel against Jake Odorizzi, who struck out seven in six scoreless innings.
Jean Segura led the Mariners offensively, recording two hits, moving his season average up to .307. Nelson Cruz drove in the game’s only run, bringing Dee Gordon in to score.
While the Mariners (23-17, two games back) still have plenty of pieces to succeed in the crowded American League West, they will need more production out of Kyle Seager and Cruz in Cano’s absence to remain on pace with the Astros and Angels.
Stud of the Night:
Tigers outfielder Niko Goodrum is making a case for an every day starting spot. Monday, he bashed two home runs (4) with five RBIs in a 6-3 win over the Indians. Starting in place of injured Nick Castellanos, Goodrum is now batting .257 this season.
Dud of the Night:
Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello lost his first game of the season, allowing five earned runs off of nine hits in six innings, falling 6-5 to the Athletics. Despite the poor outing, Porcello is still 5-1 with a 3.28 ERA this season.
Jose Bautista still has it:
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) May 14, 2018
Bautista helped the Braves earn a 6-5 win over the Cubs and maintain the best record in the NL (25-15).
Yankees at Nationals 7:05 p.m. ET — It doesn’t get much more patriotic than this. The American League and National League contenders face off in a potential World Series preview. Washington has fought through a slow start to get back on track, while the Yankees own the best record in baseball. Aaron Judge has been hot all season, and Giancarlo Stanton showed signs of life Sunday. With plenty of star power on display, this series should be fun to watch.