Top prospect Julio Rodriguez on making the Mariners roster: 'I'm ready to go.'
Officially making the jump from Class AA to the majors, power-hitting outfielder Julio Rodriguez already showing he's "a special, special talent."“Daddy,’’ he said, “I did it.
SEATTLE (AP) — The Houston Astros placed All-Star closer Ryan Pressly on the 10-day injured list Saturday due to inflammation in his right knee. © Provided by The Canadian Press
The right-hander appeared in four games during the first week of the regular season. Manager Dusty Baker said Pressly had been bothered by the soreness for a couple of days and the team sent him back to Houston for additional examination.
Pressly’s velocity had been noticeably down during his first few appearances, but Baker didn’t think the knee issue was a factor. Pressly was 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA and three saves to begin the season.
Valdez bests Ohtani, Astros top Angels 3-1 for opener record
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Shohei Ohtani was outstanding for five innings on the mound, and he looked dangerous all night at the plate. Framber Valdez and his Houston Astros were just a bit better everywhere while extending a remarkable decade of opening day dominance. Valdez outpitched Ohtani with 6 2/3 innings of two-hit ball, and the Astros tied the longest opening day winning streak in major league history with a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night. Alex Bregman had an early RBI single and a late homer as the Astros won their 10th straight season opener.
“I asked him and he said he didn’t think it did. That’s your shove off leg, too,” Baker said. “He’s a tough guy and he’s not going to make excuses. Like I said, we've just got to get him right.”
Houston selected left-hander Parker Mushinski from Triple-A Sugar Land to take Pressly’s roster spot. Mushinski will make his major league debut when he makes his first appearance.
Baker said the closer spot will likely be a combination of guys depending on matchups but specifically mentioned Rafael Montero, Hector Neris and Ryne Stanek.
Designated hitter Yordan Alvarez was also back at the ballpark after missing several days with a non-COVID illness. Baker said Alvarez would go through the pregame workout and then be assessed on when he may return to the lineup.
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Vintage Verlander dominates as Astros stymie Mariners 4-0 .
SEATTLE (AP) — Justin Verlander recaptured a little of what made him the best pitcher in the American League three years ago, and in the process added a bit of validation to the work needed while coming back from Tommy John surgery. Verlander pitched three-hit ball over eight innings for his first win since July 2020, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 4-0 on Saturday night. A day after watching the Mariners pile up 11 runs against Houston pitching, Verlander (1-1) looked to be back in the form that earned him the 2019 AL Cy Young Award.