The past week has been an important one for Sonny Gray.
Last Tuesday in Seattle, he made his third All-Star Game appearance.
Monday night, he will take over as the American League Central-leading minnesota twinsWinners of three in a row, open the four-match series against the hosts mariners
And on Tuesday, he’ll reach 10 years of service in the major leagues, meaning he’ll be fully vested in MLB’s pension program.
“The running joke with me was I always said, ‘Oh, I’ll play 10 years and I’m done. I’m out,'” Gray said last week. “Everyone who already knows me, they[say]: ‘Oh, you still did it?’
“I won’t be shocked if I don’t play any more after this year… Do I want to do it? Do I think I can? Absolutely. And I can do it at a very, very high level.” . It’s not about the money. What’s important is whether you still enjoy it, and whether your family still enjoys it.”
Gray (4–3, 2.89 ERA) is coming off his worst start of the season, allowing six runs on six hits over six innings of a 6–2 loss to visiting Baltimore on July 8. But the right-hander is 5-3 with a 2.73 ERA in 14 career starts. mariners
Twins Hosts beat Oakland 5-4 on Sunday as Alex Kirilloff hit a solo homer and three-run double and Christian Vazquez also went deep
“We are not a one-dimensional group, but we have to prove that we are not a one-dimensional group.” Twins said manager Rocco Baldelli. “That’s what we saw in these three matches. Our batsmen were patient, faced a lot of difficult pitches. We were very on base in this series. We did a little bit of everything. It’s a good way to start the second season.” Half is what it is.
mariners The visitors faltered in their first two games before the break before defeating Detroit 2–0 on Sunday, as rookie Bryce Miller pitched five scoreless innings in his return from the injured list (blister on right middle finger) and Cal Raleigh Home done.
he got mariners .500 mark and within five games of the AL’s third and final wild-card berth.
“We needed to win the ballgame (Sunday),” mariners manager Scott Servais said. “Again offensively, it was not pretty by any means.
Right-hander Logan Gilbert (7-5, 3.66) is set to start Monday for Seattle. Gilbert, who allowed one earned run in 16 innings in his last two starts before the break, is 1-0 with a 0.82 ERA in his last two starts. Twins
Closer Paul Seewald, who earned his 18th save on Sunday, said he and his teammates felt it mariners Need to make a strong effort soon, otherwise they risk becoming sellers on the trade deadline
Seewald said, “We’ve got to win. That’s what it’s about.” “Hopefully we have a little more sense of urgency than before.
“You don’t want to panic, but at the same time, these two weeks are critical to see what the front office is going to do. … It’s a dangerous situation. Living in a bubble is a really bad place to be. It’s your Might hurt the team one way or the other. We have to win as many games as possible in the next two weeks to make it workable. If we don’t do that, the front office will have to make some tough decisions.”
–Field Level Media