David DeJesus hit the fourth inside-the-park home run of his career in the fourth inning of the Rays’ series finale against the Orioles last week. With two outs and no one on base, DeJesus sliced what looked like a routine fly ball into left-center field. As left fielder Alejandro De Aza reached out to make the catch, center fielder David Lough ran straight into his glove arm, sending the ball flying all the way from the gap into the left-field corner. It was the Rays’ 13th inside-the-park home run in franchise history.
For the first time since 1972, the Red Sox will open their season without a designated hitter in 2015, playing three games in Philadelphia from April 6-9. The Red Sox will play NL East teams for their interleague schedule in 2015. There will be a four-game home-and-home series with the Braves, which will start in Boston on June 15-16 before continuing on to Atlanta for the next two days.
Reliever Dellin Betances has compiled a 1.41 ERA and 124 strikeouts in 83 innings in his first full season in the majors. His 63 outings out of the bullpen lead the team. Betances is only seven strikeouts away from making franchise history as he takes aim at Mariano Rivera’s Yankees reliever single-season strikeout record. Rivera fanned 130 batters in 107 innings in 1996.
Compiled by Rachel Lister from wire reports.