The morning after his throwing error led to his team’s losing a game to the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland’s Yu Chang tweeted on Tuesday about racist messages he had received on social media in reaction to the mistake.
“Exercise your freedom of speech in a right way,” Chang said of the messages. “I accept all comments, positive or negative but DEFINITELY NOT RACIST ONES. Thank you all and love you all.”
The tweet included screenshots of hateful messages and the hashtag #StopAsianHate. Two of the accounts Chang highlighted appear to have been deleted, and a third was made private.
The play in question came in the ninth inning of a game that was tied at 3-3. Chang, who has primarily played third base, fielded a one-out grounder from Nick Williams and tried to force Yasmani Grandal out at second base. Chang’s throw glanced off Grandal’s helmet and skipped over to the left side of the infield, allowing Nick Madrigal, who had entered the game as a pinch-runner for Chicago, to score from second.
Mets Complete Sweep With Strong Outing by Stroman
Back on the mound two days after an abbreviated start, Marcus Stroman tossed six spotless innings, and the Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4-0, on Tuesday night for a doubleheader sweep at Citi Field.
Brandon Nimmo had three hits and three runs batted in from the leadoff spot. Jonathan Villar followed up his game-winning single in the opener with a run-scoring double, and Stroman (2-0) outpitched the Phillies ace Aaron Nola.
Both games of the single-admission doubleheader, booked to make up Monday night’s rainout at Citi Field, were scheduled for seven innings in keeping with a rule change introduced during the pandemic-shortened 2020 regular season.
In the first game, Pete Alonso and Villar each hit an R.B.I. single in the eighth for a 4-3 Mets victory. Dominic Smith had hit an early two-run homer for the Mets.
Stroman’s outing against the Miami Marlins on Sunday lasted only nine pitches because the game was suspended by rain. He tweeted his displeasure, saying that the game never should have started and that he hated the thought of having to wait five days to pitch again.
Mets Manager Luis Rojas initially said Stroman would remain on four days of rest and pitch Friday in Colorado. After the postponement on Monday was announced, however, Rojas reversed course and said Stroman would start the nightcap on Tuesday.
Stroman hopped around excitedly all night, slapping his glove after inducing a pair of inning-ending double plays and even flipping his bat away after drawing a late walk at the plate.
Stroman was perfect over the first three innings and faced the minimum through four. He permitted four hits, all singles, and walked none. He struck out three and threw 86 pitches.
Jeurys Familia got three outs to finish the six-hitter.
With the Mets down a run in the first game, Alonso opened the bottom of the eighth with a sharp single off Hector Neris (0-1) that scored placement runner Francisco Lindor from second. It was the Mets’ first hit since the second inning.
Jeff McNeil beat out a potential double-play ball, Michael Conforto walked and James McCann’s infield single loaded the bases with one out.
Villar, who entered as a pinch-runner in the seventh inning and remained in the game to play third base, lofted a full-count pitch to left-center field over the head of left fielder Andrew McCutchen, who had been playing shallow in the hopes of cutting off the winning run.
Helped by a passed ball by McCann that allowed runners to advance, the Phillies went ahead by 3-2 in the top of the eighth against Trevor May when McCutchen scored from third on Didi Gregorius’s two-out infield single.
May (1-1) struck out Jean Segura with two runners in scoring position and ended up with his first win for the Mets.
The right-hander Taijuan Walker struck out eight over four and a third innings in his second start with the Mets, again showing some increased velocity on multiple pitches in his repertoire.
Walker was pulled following consecutive walks in the fifth, and the Mets escaped the inning with a one-run lead thanks to a terrific defensive play by substitute third baseman Luis Guillorme to thwart a double steal. (AP)
Ryu Shuts Down Yankees
Hyun-jin Ryu cruised into the seventh inning, Marcus Semien and Rowdy Tellez homered, and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Yankees, 7-3, on Tuesday night.
Ryu (1-1) allowed only an unearned run over six and two-thirds innings, striking out seven and limiting the Yankees to four hits and a walk. The Blue Jays’ ace retired 12 in a row after D.J. LeMahieu had a leadoff infield single in the first.
Yankees center fielder Aaron Hicks was back in the lineup and went 3 for 4 after getting permission from Manager Aaron Boone to sit out Monday’s game following the police shooting of a Black man, Daunte Wright, in Minnesota.
“He’s in a good head space,” Boone said before the game. “There’s no question he was down yesterday when we first talked in my office. Just struggling.”
Giancarlo Stanton, mired in an 0-for-16 skid, narrowed the Yankees’ deficit to 6-3 on a two-run single off Jordan Romero in the eighth.
Jameson Taillon allowed five runs and eight hits over three and two-thirds innings in his second start after missing the 2020 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. (AP)
Devers Continues to Roll as Red Sox Top Twins
Rafael Devers homered for the fourth straight game and the streaking Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins, 4-2, on a snowy Tuesday afternoon in a series opener moved back following the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright.
Hunter Renfroe hit a solo homer and Bobby Dalbec added a pair of R.B.I. doubles as Boston won its seventh in a row after losing its first three games of the season.
Monday’s game was postponed because of safety and sensitivity concerns in the Twin Cities after the police shooting a day earlier of Wright during a traffic stop. The Twins held a moment of silence for Wright before Tuesday’s game.
Snow flurries fell for most of the game and it was 33 degrees for the first pitch. That made for the third-coldest start at Target Field — the record being 27 degrees on April 7, 2018. (AP)