Reynolds delivers against former team
SAN FRANCISCO — Bryan Reynolds finally made it to San Francisco, and he delivered.
Reynolds hit a go-ahead single against his former team during a four-run rally in the ninth inning that sent the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 6-4 win over the Giants on Monday night.
Down 4-2, the Pirates used three pinch-hitters and came back against three Giants relievers in the ninth.
Kevin Newman hit a tying, two-run single with one out and Reynolds, a fellow rookie, followed with an RBI single off Jandel Gustave.
Reynolds also had a double and is batting .328. The Giants drafted him in the second round in 2016 before trading him to Pittsburgh after the 2018 season in a deal for Andrew McCutchen.
“It’s pretty funny how that all worked out,” Reynolds said. “It was fun to get out there and play. It’s cold, but I have my sleeves.”
Crick injured in fight
Kyle Crick underwent extensor tendon repair surgery of the index finger on his right hand on Tuesday.
The procedure was performed in San Francisco by Dr. Scott Hanson. Crick is projected to return to full competition in time for Spring Training 2020.
The injury occurred as a result of an altercation with Felipe Vazquez in the Pirates clubhouse prior to Monday’s game versus the San Francisco Giants.
The conduct violated the players’ contracts and they have been fined an undisclosed amount.
“The behavior exhibited by these two players last night is unacceptable, inconsistent with the standards expected of a Major League player and will not be tolerated by the organization,” Executive Vice President, General Manager Neal Huntington said.
Syndergaard talks leak
NEW YORK — Mets ace Noah Syndergaard says it is “unfortunate” that his complaints to New York’s front office and coaching staff about catcher Wilson Ramos were made public and denied any role in leaking the conversations.
The New York Post reported on Syndergaard’s frustrations Monday, saying the right-hander or his agents have implored the Mets numerous times to let Syndergaard pitch to another catcher.
Syndergaard said Tuesday he was surprised by the report. He says it is “completely false” that he was livid in conversations with club officials and called their discussions “very cordial and adult.” He also said he has “nothing but respect” for Ramos.
Buxton’s season over
MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have placed center fielder Byron Buxton and his ailing left shoulder on the 60-day injured list, ending his season and leaving the American League Central leaders without their best defensive player for the rest of the pennant race.
The Twins made the move on Tuesday before a three-game series against Washington. The took a five-game lead over Cleveland into the night.
Yanks’ injuries increase
DETROIT — Outfielder Mike Tauchman became the New York Yankees’ 30th player on the injured list this year, the most in the major leagues in at least 15 years.
The 28-year-old strained his left calf Sunday and is expected to miss the rest of the season. New York made the roster move retroactive to Monday
Acquired from Colorado on March 23, Tauchman hit .277 with 13 homers in 260 at-bats over 87 games. He is New York’s 15th player currently on the IL.