The New York Yankees have broken an MLB record for the most consecutive games with a home run, running their streak up to 28 on Tuesday when DJ LeMahieu hit a drive on the first at-bat of the game for them. They didn’t have to wait long for their second of the day, either, with Aaron Judge bashing his first since returning from injury directly after the record had been extended. Two more homers would be launched by them, with Gleyber Torres and new signing Edwin Encarnacion each driving one over the fence. Despite the fact that they all homered, they were ‘just’ solo shots and the game ended 4-3 in their favor against the Toronto Blue Jays. They held on in the ninth, giving up one run after going into it up 4-2. It wasn’t all good news of the Bronx Bombers, however, as it Giancarlo Stanton was forced to exit the game early and will have an MRI on his knee later on Wednesday. He had a run-in with Clayton Richard on his way to third base, and that eventually saw manager Aaron Boone pull him from the contest.
According to sources, the Houston Rockets are going to be making an attempt to sign Jimmy Butler to their team in a sign-and-trade with the Philadelphia 76ers. Since the Rockets don’t have the cap space to make the signing themselves, they need the Sixers to play ball for them, and truthfully, this would work in Philly’s favor, anyway, since they would end up getting at least something for Butler instead of him potentially leaving for free. Either way, Butler is going to end up making a lot of money, with deals of over $30 million a year said to be on the table. Should he join the Rockets, he would join James Harden and Chris Paul, effectively forming another ‘big three.’
It’s hard to imagine where the Vanderbilt Commodores might be without star pitcher Kumar Rocker. Sure, they would be a good team without him, but you just get the sense that they wouldn’t have that same fear factor to them. He showed that in spades on Tuesday night as he made sure his team will see a Game 3 for all the marbles on Wednesday night when he had 11 strikeouts and gave up just three hits in six and a third innings in a 4-1 win over Michigan. He is 12-5 on the year, and this is the second time he’s produced big time after his team was put into a must-win situation. In that instance, he threw a no-hitter against Duke a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, the freshman is very unlikely to have any role in the College World Series Finals finale.