How Yankees’ Anthony Rizzo feels after being drilled in hand by 95-mph fastball

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Where did Anthony Rizzo go?

Chicago Cubs trade Anthony Rizzo to the New York Yankees for 2 prospects. 'All good things come to an end,' the first baseman says after leaving Wrigley Field. Anthony Rizzo was in the Chicago Cubs parking lot Thursday afternoon when he found out he had been traded to the New York Yankees. Chicago TribuneAnthony Rizzo: Chicago Cubs trade him to New York Yankees

What did the Cubs get for Kris Bryant?

The Chicago Cubs traded All-Star Kris Bryant to the San Francisco Giants just minutes ahead of Major League Baseball's 4 p.m. ET trade deadline on Friday. The Giants traded two prospects, outfielder Alexander Canario and right-handed pitcher Caleb Kilian, in the deal. The AthleticCubs trade All-Star Kris Bryant to Giants for 2 prospects

Did Craig Kimbrel get traded?

The White Sox acquired closer Craig Kimbrel in a crosstown trade with the Cubs, the club announced on Friday. In exchange for Kimbrel, the Cubs will receive second baseman Nick Madrigal and pitcher Codi Heuer. Kimbrel has recorded a 0.49 ERA with 64 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings pitched this season. The AthleticWhite Sox get closer Craig Kimbrel from Cubs

What number is Anthony Rizzo Yankees?

The eighth-inning rally started as Judge glared at lefty Richard Bleier after being drilled by a pitch to his left ankle, with Rizzo following with a single. Rizzo wore No. 48 as a Yankee – last worn by Tommy Kahnle – since the No. 44 he wore as a Cub is retired for Reggie Jackson. NorthJersey.comNew-look Yankees get off to a good start, as Anthony Rizzo blasts a homer in win at Miami

MIAMI Yankees manager Aaron Boone was just saying during his Saturday pre-game interview that Luke Voit’s new status as a backup first baseman might not be lasting because in baseball “situations can change hourly.”

If you believe in jinxes …

Flash forward to the second inning of Saturday night’s game, new first baseman Anthony Rizzo was at the plate for the first time in his second game since being traded and …

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Miami Marlins left-hander Trevor Rogers whipped in a high and inside 95-mph fastball, Rizzo tried getting out of the way, couldn’t and was drilled in the right hand.

“He got me square in the hand,” Rizzo said. “It definitely scared me at first. Any time it’s in the hand area …”

Rizzo and the Yankees got lucky.

Rizzo looked better than fine having a perfect night at the plate going 2-for-2 with another homer, two walks, a hit by pitch and two runs scored to lead the Yankees to a 4-2 win.

In two games with the Yankees, Rizzo has been on base seven times in nine plate appearances. On Friday night, he was 2-for-4 with a 449-foot homer in the Yankees’ 3-1 series-opening win.

“Anytime you can come in and win, especially having some success, it definitely helps with the transition,” Rizzo said.

Rizzo scored the first run of the game on Saturday night after by hit in the fourth inning, then padded a 3-2 Yankees lead in the seventh with a line homer down the right-field line facing Marlins lefty Steven Okert.

Rizzo is a gamer, too, as he quickly shook off being hit in the hand.

“I kind of got my gatherings,” he said. “I didn’t feel anything too bad and really it actually feels normal right now. Thankfully.”

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Anthony Rizzo says goodbye to Cubs fans

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Zavala 1st ever to hit 1st 3 MLB HRs in one game

Sporting News AU 31 July, 2021 - 10:51pm

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CHICAGO -- White Sox rookie Seby Zavala hit the first three home runs of his career, including a grand slam, but the Cleveland Indians rallied to beat Chicago 12-11 on Saturday night.

Zavala became the first player in big league history to hit his first three career home runs in the same game, according to Elias Sports Bureau research. The 27-year-old catcher played his 18th game in the majors -- he was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte on July 6 to replace the injured Yasmani Grandal.

Batting ninth, Zavala hit a solo homer in the third off Triston McKenzie. Zavala connected for a grand slam off McKenize in the fourth for a 6-1 lead and a solo drive against Bryan Shaw in the seventh.

Seby Zavala is the 1st player in MLB history to hit his first 3 career home runs in the same game (pending inclusion of Negro League stats). pic.twitter.com/o4WxLM4MtQ

"I always knew I could swing it,'' Zavala said. "Going through a rough patch for a couple of months, I knew if I kept working, something would click and I feel pretty good at the plate."

With a chance to become the 19th player to hit a record-tying four homers in a game, Zavala singled in the eighth and finished with six RBIs.

Zavala -- who will turn 28 on Aug. 28 -- played at San Diego State, finishing up with the Aztecs in 2015. Later that year, he was a 12th-round selection by Chicago in the June entry draft. He hit 20 home runs at Triple-A Charlotte in 2019.

His magic wasn't enough to outpace the Indians on this night, however, as Austin Hedges, Owen Miller and Amed Rosario homered to help Cleveland overcome a five-run deficit.

The Indians totaled nine runs in three straight innings to take the lead. Justin Garza (1-0) threw two scoreless innings. Emmanuel Clase got five outs for his 13th save.

Brian Goodwin and Adam Engel homered for the White Sox, who lead the second-place Indians by eight games in the American League Central despite winning just three times in their past 10 games.

Michael Kopech (3-1) took the loss for the White Sox, allowing five earned runs in just one inning of work.

Perhaps more important to the long-term outlook of the White Sox staff, newly acquired Craig Kimbrel pitched a perfect ninth in his first appearance after they acquired him from the Cubs at the trade deadline Friday.

Jed Hoyer Explains the Decision to Trade All Three of Bryant, Rizzo, and Báez

bleachernation.com 31 July, 2021 - 03:59pm

This is one of those things where I don’t expect you will be surprised by anything Cubs President Jed Hoyer said about the Trade Deadline, but I think in full fairness his comments need to live somewhere.

I appreciate Jordan Bastian transcribing here on Twitter the full set of Hoyer’s comments on how it came to this, why all three of Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Javy Báez were traded, and how to him it was just a matter of proceeding rationally:

Implicit in Hoyer’s logical and rational approach is the idea that free agency was coming for these three players no matter what, and that the Cubs were not going to be advantaged in free agency by keeping the guys for the next two months. If both of those things are true, then yes, of course trade them, because you’re literally talking about two months in a lost season.

… but you know the response, right? It would be something about using those two months with at least one of them to try to work out an extension. Maybe Hoyer already knew that was impossible, despite other public statements? I tend to think it’s more likely that Hoyer already knows that the organization sees re-signings as unlikely for their own reasons. Maybe their internal valuations on these guys for the years ahead don’t at all match what the expected market values will be. Consider the five-year, $70 million offer the Cubs made to Anthony Rizzo before the season, which at the time looked way under market. Now, I think it’s at least an open question whether Rizzo gets a deal at that level after the season. (Not being tied to a qualifying offer will help.)

On the topic of extensions, Hoyer again said what you’d expect:

Cubs president Jed Hoyer on the club’s inability to extend The Core: “We made offers to everyone that I believe will stand up exceptionally well. We weren’t able to reach deals. Does that frustrate me? It does. But I have to be honest: I know we put our best foot forward.”

— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) July 30, 2021

Until and unless those offers leak out as the Rizzo one did, we’ll never really know if the Cubs made reasonable offers to try to keep any or all of the three around. Obviously there were rumors of a $200 million offer to Kris Bryant a few years ago, and we know that talks with Báez got pretty serious last year before the pandemic shut things down.

I’m still sorting through my thoughts and feelings on this stuff, to be honest. Acknowledging my sadness on the one side, and acknowledging that some significant changes were necessary at some point on the other side. These trades don’t have to mean that the Cubs’ performance will be worse over the next five years than it would’ve been if one or two had been retained. And it certainly doesn’t mean I won’t pull for the many new players and prospects to break out. But I think I’m still allowed to be sad about what happened this week.

You can also see Hoyer’s interview on Cubs Postgame Live after last night’s game, by the way, where you do perceive the emotion involved in making these decisions.

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Jed Hoyer Explains the Decision to Trade All Three of Bryant, Rizzo, and Báez

Slate 31 July, 2021 - 03:59pm

This is one of those things where I don’t expect you will be surprised by anything Cubs President Jed Hoyer said about the Trade Deadline, but I think in full fairness his comments need to live somewhere.

I appreciate Jordan Bastian transcribing here on Twitter the full set of Hoyer’s comments on how it came to this, why all three of Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo, and Javy Báez were traded, and how to him it was just a matter of proceeding rationally:

Implicit in Hoyer’s logical and rational approach is the idea that free agency was coming for these three players no matter what, and that the Cubs were not going to be advantaged in free agency by keeping the guys for the next two months. If both of those things are true, then yes, of course trade them, because you’re literally talking about two months in a lost season.

… but you know the response, right? It would be something about using those two months with at least one of them to try to work out an extension. Maybe Hoyer already knew that was impossible, despite other public statements? I tend to think it’s more likely that Hoyer already knows that the organization sees re-signings as unlikely for their own reasons. Maybe their internal valuations on these guys for the years ahead don’t at all match what the expected market values will be. Consider the five-year, $70 million offer the Cubs made to Anthony Rizzo before the season, which at the time looked way under market. Now, I think it’s at least an open question whether Rizzo gets a deal at that level after the season. (Not being tied to a qualifying offer will help.)

On the topic of extensions, Hoyer again said what you’d expect:

Cubs president Jed Hoyer on the club’s inability to extend The Core: “We made offers to everyone that I believe will stand up exceptionally well. We weren’t able to reach deals. Does that frustrate me? It does. But I have to be honest: I know we put our best foot forward.”

— Patrick Mooney (@PJ_Mooney) July 30, 2021

Until and unless those offers leak out as the Rizzo one did, we’ll never really know if the Cubs made reasonable offers to try to keep any or all of the three around. Obviously there were rumors of a $200 million offer to Kris Bryant a few years ago, and we know that talks with Báez got pretty serious last year before the pandemic shut things down.

I’m still sorting through my thoughts and feelings on this stuff, to be honest. Acknowledging my sadness on the one side, and acknowledging that some significant changes were necessary at some point on the other side. These trades don’t have to mean that the Cubs’ performance will be worse over the next five years than it would’ve been if one or two had been retained. And it certainly doesn’t mean I won’t pull for the many new players and prospects to break out. But I think I’m still allowed to be sad about what happened this week.

You can also see Hoyer’s interview on Cubs Postgame Live after last night’s game, by the way, where you do perceive the emotion involved in making these decisions.

Brett Taylor is the Editor and Lead Cubs Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation and @Brett_A_Taylor.

Bleacher Nation Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. Bleacher Nation is a private media site, and it is not affiliated in any way with Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball Association, the National Hockey League, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago White Sox, or the Chicago Blackhawks. None of MLB, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, the Cubs, the Bears, the Bulls, the White Sox, or the Blackhawks have endorsed, supported, directed, or participated in the creation of the content at this site, or in the creation of the site itself. It's just a media site that happens to cover MLB, the NFL, the NBA, the NHL, the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Bears, the Chicago Bulls, the Chicago White Sox, and the Chicago Blackhawks.

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