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Castellanos hit his fourth career grand slam

par zhangzk » Ven 26 Juil 2019 à 6h39

Stuck in an 11-game losing streak Shareef Miller Jersey , the Detroit Tigers cleared the air with a pregame meeting. Then Nick Castellanos went out and cleared the bases with an important home run that helped stop Detroit’s slide.

Manager Ron Gardenhire scheduled the pregame meeting, a relaxed session in which players were invited to say whatever was on their mind. Castellanos called it an opportunity to ”just kind of address the elephant in the room.”

”It gave anybody a chance that wanted to speak up to speak up,” said Castellanos, adding that Victor Martinez, James McCann and Gardenhire were among those who talked.

JaCoby Jones hit a two-run homer as the Tigers won for the first time since June 17, when they completed a three-game road sweep of the Chicago White Sox.

Castellanos nearly hit another home run in the ninth but Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar made a leaping catch at the wall.

”I felt like I was going to have a chance to make a play,” Pillar said. ”A ball like that hit as high as it is it allows me time to kind of track the ball and track the fence and go up to try to make a play. ”

Castellanos stopped on the basepaths to applaud Pillar’s catch before turning and heading back to the dugout.

”What else can you say the end of the day besides `What a play,”’ Castellanos said. ”It sucks it had to happen to me but plays like that have to happen to somebody.”

Niko Goodrum had a career-high four hits and Jose Iglesias had two hits and two RBIs for Detroit, which had lost 12 of 14 at Rogers Centre.

”That was a fun win, a really fun with with a lot of great swings,” Gardenire said.

Zimmermann (3-0) allowed one run and five hits in his third start since returning from a shoulder injury that caused him to miss more than a month.

”He had a great curveball today,” Gardenhire said. ”That’s probably the best curveball I’ve seen all year out of him.”

Wearing red jerseys and caps for Canada Day, the Blue Jays couldn’t deliver a win for the holiday crowd of 37,445.

Tigers outfielder Leonys Martin left with a sore left hamstring after his bases-loaded bunt single in the fifth brought home Detroit’s first run. Martin was replaced by Victor Reyes.

Following the game Gardenhire said Martin would be placed on the 10-day disabled list. A corresponding roster move will be made before Monday afternoon’s series finale.

Castellanos followed with his 13th home run, a shot that bounced off the top of the wall in right. It was his first grand slam since Sept. 8, 2017, also against Toronto.

Castellanos also made a fine catch in right, reaching back to grab Russell Martin’s line drive for the final out of the fourth.

Iglesias chased Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ (10-4) with a two-out, two-run single in the sixth.

Happ matched season-worsts by allowing seven runs and 10 hits in 5 2-3 innings.

”It’s not a pretty outing and I own that,” Happ said.

Happ had won six consecutive decisions since his previous defeat, May 10 against Seattle.

Teoscar Hernandez tripled in the first and scored on a two-out double by Justin Smoak, but Zimmermann recovered to retire the next nine Blue Jays batters.

For the second straight game, the roof was closed at Rogers Centre because of high heat and humidity.


Blue Jays RHP John Axford complied a list of more than 500 songs by Canadian artists and has been playing his mix in the clubhouse all weekend. Axford’s `Oh Canada!’ playlist can be streamed using the online music service Spotify.


The Blue Jays are 14-26 on Canada Day, including a 12-17 mark at home.


Tigers: RHP Alex Wilson, who left in the eighth inning Saturday because of a sore left calf, was not available. … RHP Drew VerHagen (nasal fracture) pitched one scoreless inning for Triple-A Toledo Saturday night, his first rehab appearance. VerHagen has been out since June 20.

Blue Jays: Toronto optioned utilityman Darnell Sweeney to Triple-A Buffalo after the game and will make a corresponding roster move Monday.


Tigers RHP Mike Fiers (5-4, 4.04) faces Blue Jays LHP Ryan Borucki in Monday afternoon’s series finale. Fiers is 0-2 with a 5.91 ERA in two career starts at Rogers Centre. Borucki made his major league debut at Houston last Tuesday, allowing two runs in six innings.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Gino Marchetti, a Hall of Fame defensive end who helped the Baltimore Colts win consecutive NFL championships in the late 1950s, has died.The Pro Football Hall of Fame said Marchetti was 93. He passed away Monday at Paoli Hospital in Paoli, Pa., hospital spokeswoman Mary Kate Coghlan said.Marchetti was named to the Pro Bowl during 11 of his 14 NFL seasons. Though undersized for the position by today’s standards — 6-foot-4, 244-pounds — Marchetti effectively tracked down quarterbacks and stuffed the run.“I was small, but big guys never scared me,” he once said. “I was quick and agile.”In terms of stature, Marchetti was enormous.“They called him Gino the Giant because he was one of the biggest people in the league,” former NFL general manager Ernie Accorsi said. “He was quick, he had great athleticism and he would just throw you.”Gino John Marchetti was born in 1926 in Smithers, West Virginia. He broke into the NFL as an offensive lineman in 1952 with the Dallas Texans, who became the Colts in 1953.After being moved to the other side of the line, Marchetti became a star.With Marchetti charging from the left side the Colts were NFL champions in 1958 and 1959. He broke his leg in the fourth quarter of the so-called “Greatest Game Ever Played” — the sudden-death duel between the Colts and New York Giants in 1958 — but refused to be taken into the locker room.He watched from behind the end zone until agreeing to being taken to the locker room early in overtime, a concession to the freezing temperatures and fear that the crowd would rush onto the field at game’s end.Not long after that, Johnny Unitas guided the Colts to the winning touchdown to end a 23-17 duel that came to be known as “The Greatest Game Ever Played.”Though sacks were not recognized as a statistic in those days, Marchetti brought fear to quarterbacks.“I’ve been asked the most sacks I had in one game. I know I had nine,” he once said. “It’s a great feeling because it was a challenge, 1-on-1. You feel like, ‘Man, I got him. I got him.'”Marchetti was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1972 along with college teammate Ollie Matson.“Rest in peace, Gino Marchetti,” Colts owner Jim Irsay posted on Twitter. “The son of immigrants — and a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge against the Nazis — Marchetti was one of the greatest to play the game, Gino was a player who helped turn the nation’s attention toward the ‘new sport’ on television.”Marchetti fought in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II before playing for the 1951 University of San Francisco team that went 9-0. The roster had eight players who would go to the NFL, including two African-Americans: Matson and Burl Toler. After the season, the squad unanimously voted to reject a bid from the Orange Bowl that was contingent on USF participating without its African-American players.“Nobody on that team ever said that they regretted the decision that we had made,” Marchetti said. “It was 100 percent in favor of not playing. So, we didn’t go. I went home and went back to work.”Not long after that he was drafted by the Texans. Though the team went 1-11, Marchetti caught a touchdown pass during a very brief stint as a tight end.Marchetti retired after the 1964 season to start a hamburger chain that became a huge success. Its best-selling burger was aptly named “The Gino Giant.”Marchetti’s biggest paydays came from the restaurant business. He made millions of dollars before Gino’s Hamburgers was sold to Marriott Corporation in 1982.Colts coach Don Shula persuaded Marchetti to return in 1966. He played in four games at age 39 before retiring for good.“Gino Marchetti dominated the football field during his career in the 1950s and ’60s as a leader of the great Baltimore Colts teams of that era,” said David Baker, president and CEO of the Hall of Fame.“His ferocious style of play defined the character of a man who possessed a strong desire to succeed, passion, and determination that made him a great teammate.”He remained popular in Baltimore long after his retirement, and while the city embraced its newest team, the Ravens, who relocated from Cleveland in 1996.The Ravens posted on Twitter: “A giant of a man with a giant heart who helped many in need, Gino Marchetti is at or near the top in Baltimore athletic and football history. Beloved in Baltimore, this Pro Football Hall of Famer loved our community and the fans who were so special to him.”
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