clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Weekend Digest: Joey Gallo debuts for Rangers; home run held for ransom; so long, Tal's Hill

MLB news from the past week.

Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Joey Gallo homers in debut

Gallo, the Rangers' first round pick in 2012, had his major-league debut on Tuesday, and words like "impressive" and "amazing" were used to describe it. Gallo homered, had three hits and four RBI as the Rangers won a laugher over the White Sox 15-2. After the game, he got the Gatorade treatment.

D-backs trade Mark Trumbo to Seattle

Shortly following Atlanta's game with Arizona Wednesday, the D-backs traded Mark Trumbo to the Mariners along with pitcher Vidal Nuno for reliever Dominic Leone, catcher Welington Castillo, and two minor leaguers. Trumbo hadn't even spent a full season's worth of game with Arizona before the trade since arriving via trade in December 2013. He hit .243/.295/.446 with 23 home runs and 84 RBI in 134 games with the D-backs.

Junior Lake's home run taunt causes benches to clear in Miami

The Cubs lost to the Marlins 7-3 Wednesday, but amidst all that was a minor scuffle. Junior Lake hit a two-run homer in the sixth inning, and while rounding third base he looked into the Marlins dugout and put a finger to mouth as if to say "shh". That gesture didn't go over kindly with J.T. Realmuto or any of the Marlins in the dugout and they jumped out to confront him. Cubs manager Joe Maddon didn't take too kindly to it, either.

We don't do that here, and that will be the last time you see it.

I don't want us to take the fight there by acting like a punk. I don't want that at all. I want us to take the fight there by playing the game properly and hard and fundamentally sound.

Lake said afterward that he let emotion get the better of him.

Indians bullpen holds Brandon Moss home run ball for ransom

Brandon Moss hit his 100th career home run Tuesday, and it landed in the Indians bullpen in Kansas City. The pitchers decided to have some fun with their teammate and hold the milestone ball for ransom, demanding various Apple products, but Marc Rzepcynski demanded a 50-gallon drum of lube. What that's for is anyone's guess, but keep it clean. ;)

Astros to get rid of Tal's Hall and flagpole following 2015 season

Love it or hate it, Tal's Hill is definitely a popular topic when talking about Minute Maid Park. Come next year, though, Tal's Hill will be no more. The hill will be flattened, the flagpole will be removed and the center-field fence will be brought in 27 feet as part of a $15 million renovation that will add more concessions and more seating.

For those of us old enough to remember, here's Andruw Jones having his own adventures with the infamous hill.

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Battery Power Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of Atlanta Braves news from Battery Power