Ellsbury inspires Yankees, Mercer homers for Pirates


Jacoby Ellsbury sparked the New York Yankees into life, with his game-tying steal of home inspiring the home side to a 6-3 win over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Yankees were down 3-2 when he made his impeccably timed run to give the Yankees a much needed boost as they improved to 6-9.

Jordy Mercer crunched the biggest homer of the season for the Pittsburgh Pirates as they edged the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-7, as the Washington Nationals triumphed 8-4 over the Minnesota Twins.

The Oakland Athletics cruised to an 8-5 win as the Toronto Blue Jays spurned their chances against an in-form Sonny Gray who struck out seven, the Chicago Cubs improved to 13-4 with an 8-1 win over the Cincinnati Reds and the Cleveland Indians pipped the Detroit Tigers 2-1.

Curtis Granderson's first grand slam for the New York Mets helped them to a 6-3 win at the Atlanta Braves, as the Boston Red Sox smashed the Houston Astros 6-2 and the Philadelphia Phillies trumped the Milwaukee Brewers 5-2.

The Chicago White Sox shut out the Texas Rangers 5-0, the Kansas City Royals overcame the Baltimore Orioles 4-2, the Colorado Rockies beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-5, while the San Francisco Giants smashed the Miami Marlins 8-1 and the San Diego Padres beat the St Louis Cardinals 4-1.

Elsewhere, the Seattle Mariners overcame the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 through 10 innings.


Ellsbury struck a double to help the Yankees to their win over the Rays but it was his steal that got his side moving and was the first start steal of home by a Yankees player in nearly 15 years.



The White Sox's ridiculous triple play is one for the record books with the scoring ending up 9-3-2-6-2-5. It is the first time the Sox have had a triple play since 2006.

Mercer's 466-foot strike was the longest homer of the season so far.



The Tigers will try to even the series against the Indians as Miguel Cabrera squares off with Cleveland ace Corey Kluber. Looking for his first win of the season, Kluber currently has a sorry 6.16 ERA after he had a rough start on Sunday.