LEADING OFF: J-Rod hurt, Judge rules, Mets rolling

by | Jul 31, 2022 | Sports

A look at what’s happening around the majors today:———FINGERS CROSSEDThe playoff-hopeful Seattle Mariners are holding their collective breath that All-Star rookie Julio Rodríguez isn’t seriously injured.Rodríguez was hit on the back of his right hand near the wrist as he swung awkwardly at a pitch in the eighth inning Saturday night at Houston. He struck out, but played defense in the bottom half before exiting in the ninth.Seattle manager Scott Servais said the outfielder would get X-rays later Saturday.“He did not feel comfortable with a bat in his hand,” Servais said. “So, we’ll pray that it is not broken.”Abraham Toro pinch-hit for Rodríguez and delivered a two-run single with two outs in the ninth as the Mariners rallied for a 5-4 victory.The 21-year-old Rodríguez, who was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts, is batting .274 with 18 homers and 57 RBIs.ALL RISEYankees slugger Aaron Judge has been on an incredible tear since the All-Star break, hitting .436 with nine homers and 21 RBIs in 10 games. He went deep again in Saturday’s victory over Kansas City, becomin …

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