Chicago Cubs fall in Minnesota; A-Rod homers for 3000th hit


The Chicago Cubs dropped their second-consecutive game in the 7-2 loss to Phil Hughes and the Minnesota Twins Friday evening despite two home runs off the bat of first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

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Kyle Hendricks was picked apart by Trevor Plouffe and company, giving up six earned runs on 11 hits before handing things over to Edwin Jackson, who was once a part of this five-man rotation. Plouffe was credited with four of Minnesota’s seven runs, helping his team grab the lead during the bottom half of the first inning.

Shortstop Starlin Castro – who had a couple deep fly outs – was charged with an error on a play that allowed a second run to cross home plate. Catcher Miguel Montero not only recorded Chicago’s first hit of the ballgame to leadoff the second inning but also made an error of his own later on in the game after an RBI single by Eduardo Escobar in the sixth.

Minnesota had themselves a handful of extra-base hits in the contest and would extend their winning-streak to three games. Luckily, the Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Washington Nationals.

New York Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez entered yesterday’s game against the Detroit Tigers hoping to reach 3000th hits. In case you forgot, future Hall of Fame shortstop Derek Jeter clubbed a long ball while hosting the Tampa Bay Rays four years ago, becoming the 28th player in history and only Yankee to join that elite list of players who accomplished the same feat.

Current Cubs manager, Joe Maddon, was a member of the Rays organization and had starting pitcher David Price on the mound. Price would be the man who gave up the home run and career milestone as Jeter would finish the game 5-for-5.

Jeter’s home run came to left field, but A-Rod connected on a solo home run to right field off starting pitcher, Justin Verlander, giving his team the 1-0 lead. Not only did Rodriguez add his name to that list, but the Yankees would go on to defeating the Tigers by the final score of 7-2 at home.

While some may continue to bash him for what he’s done, there are some who have remained faithful fans to this man who is still chasing Barry Bonds and his all-time home run record.

Here’s more from around the league:

Yankees Recap: Alex Rodriguez reaches 3k as Yankees win 7-2‘ – Yanks Go Yard

Atlanta Braves: Wisler wins pitching duel debut 2-1‘ – Tomahawk Take

Cubs: Fan’s eye-view in the world of sports‘ – Cubbies Crib

Red Sox ride huge second inning in 7-3 victory‘ – BoSox Injection

Nationals Recap: Joe Ross strikes out 11 in 4-1 win over Pirates‘ – District On Deck

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