Published: Thu, April 20, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

Albert Almora: Almora hits first homer in win over Brewers

Albert Almora: Almora hits first homer in win over Brewers

Yankees 9, White Sox 1 • Starlin Castro hit a three-run homer and Masahiro Tanaka allowed one run in seven innings as NY rolled to finish 8-1 on a homestand.

The Cubs rallied from a 7-4 deficit with a four-run sixth keyed by Albert Almora's two-run pinch single and Jon Jay's RBI triple.

Anthony Rizzo grounded out, and Russell followed with a drive into the left-field bleachers on a 2-0 count.

"They kept extending at-bats and fouling off pitches, to their credit", Counsell said. "But I'd do it again, because that at-bat in the eighth where he struck out Baez was big, too". Travis Shaw and Jett Bandy homered off Hendricks, who finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting a year ago (see full recap).

Marlins 5, Mariners 0: Chen Wei-yin, Brad Ziegler and Kyle Barraclough combined for a one-hitter, Justin Bour had two hits, including a two-run home run in the third, and Miami shut out Seattle. Miami's Edinson Volquez (0-2) barely made it through three innings, giving up four runs, five hits and four walks.

"I question the distance they measured that in", manager Joe Girardi said. "We got, obviously, a lot of talent on this team and we'll just get into it a little bit here".

It's the fact we don't quit. It's on the ring.

"We regret the formal nature of this memo, and we do not intend for this information to overshadow our joy in being able to provide this ring to you", a team memo states, according to the Sun-Times.

If anything, surviving a 4-5 homestand like no other staged in a century of Wrigley Field history might have been as significant as any other feat during the early part of the season so far.

With two outs and men on second and third, Russell stepped in to face Neftali Feliz. He slashed.189/.359/.703 with four strikeouts, three walks, and just two RBI's in 18 at-bats.

"The (first) pitch I threw to Thames was a pretty good pitch, he's hot right now and got a double", Lackey said. RHP Kyle Hendricks (1-1, 5.73 ERA) picked up the win against the Brewers on April 8 and will go for his second against Milwaukee.

Lester has not pitched at Fenway since July 20, 2014, and has not faced Boston since being traded to Oakland at the 2014 trade deadline. Schwarber was able to make it back for the team's championship run last season, and having him at the top of the lineup will provide pop that most teams can not match.

Athletics 4, Rangers 2: Andrew Triggs, who hasn't given up an earned run in 17 2/3 innings this season, helped Oakland snap a four-game slide. Heyward, who has appeared in all but one of the Cubs' 14 games to date, was 2-for-4 with a run on Tuesday after going 1-for-4 with a run on Monday. He has four homers in 10 games this season, already halfway to his total in 123 games last season.

Friday, then, Lester will face the Reds' Tim Adleman.

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