Last week, we noted that Kansas City rookie Eric Hosmer was growing up awfully fast, announcing through his people that he was not going to sign a long-term contract with the Royals but would try his luck at free agency in 2017.
In a demonstration Tuesday night that he is indeed all that, the 21-year-old first baseman hit his first career triple, while going 2 for 4, against Cleveland. In 10 games, he's batting .270 with two homers and six RBIs.
And in another example of arcane stats: Tuesday's offensive output gave Hosmer six extra-base hits through his first 10 games, which ties him with Carlos Beltran for the third-most by any Royals player in his first 10 career games. Mark Quinn had nine and Mike Aviles had eight extra-base hits in their first 10 games.
Services have been set for Hall of Fame slugger Harmon Killebrew, who died Tuesday of esophageal cancer at age 74.
A funeral service will be held Friday at Christ's Church of the Valley in Peoria, Ariz. The ceremony will be open to the public at 10 a.m. A private burial service will be held Monday in the all-star's hometown of Payette, Idaho.
Killebrew, whose No. 3 jersey was the first to be retired by the Twins, will be remembered next Thursday night in a public memorial service at Target Field.
Oakland Athletics lefthander Dallas Braden, who threw a perfect game last May against Tampa Bay, will not pitch again this season. Braden had surgery Tuesday to repair a torn capsule in his pitching shoulder, ending his season after just three starts in which he was 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA.
Braden was put on the disabled list April 17, a day after he pitched five scoreless innings against the Tigers in Detroit but left early because of a stiff left shoulder.