Maybe Hosmer is all that after all
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 set for Harmon Killebrew
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.
A's Braden done for season
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.