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Thursday, April 26, 2018

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Jose Altuve has great reaction to receiving silent treatment after home run

Jose Altuve

Jose Altuve had a great reaction to receiving the silent treatment after hitting his first home run of the season.

During Wednesday’s game between the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Angels, the reigning American League MVP went deep for the first time in 2018. When Altuve returned to the dugout, his teammates (momentarily) had no reaction to what happened and showed not emotion whatsoever. That didn’t stop Altuve from celebrating.

Here’s a look from another angle.

The silent treatment is of the more entertaining baseball celebrations. Shohei Ohtani received the same treatment earlier this season.

It doesn’t matter if you’re the last man on the bench, a star from Japan, or the reigning MVP, anyone can be subjected to it. It’s pretty awesome Altuve had fun with it the way he did.

Matt Harvey curses at reporter after bullpen question

Matt harvey

Matt Harvey is having a rough go of it.

The New York Mets pitcher did not talk with the media on Tuesday after his first bullpen appearance of the season. On Wednesday, he declined to speak with reporters again and even threw in a curse word for good measure.

Harvey has always had a bit of an edge (and an affinity for the middle finger), so this sort of unprofessional behavior is not surprising. The 29-year-old pitcher is set to be a free agent after the season. He’s not exactly giving suitors reassurance about his ability to handle adversity.

Matt Harvey refuses to speak with media after first bullpen outing

Matt harvey

Matt Harvey made his first bullpen appearance of the season for the New York Mets on Tuesday night, and we have no way of knowing how the right-hander felt about it.

After he allowed two hits and one earned run in two innings of relief work, Harvey refused to speak with reporters about his new role.

The Mets ended up beating the St. Louis Cardinals 6-5, so Harvey’s two innings of middle relief played a factor. Mets manager Mickey Callaway told reporters he felt Harvey threw the ball well and had “crisp” stuff.

Harvey had an ERA of 6.00 over his first four starts of the season, and the Mets decided over the weekend that he is moving to the bullpen. It would not be a surprise if he is angry over the move, but perhaps it will be the spark he needs to get back on track.

Ronald Acuna called up to MLB by Braves

Ronald Acuna

Ronald Acuna is headed to the show.

The 20-year-old outfielder was informed on Tuesday that he is being called up to the big leagues by the Atlanta Braves, as first reported by Daniel Montes.

Acuna is one of the top prospects in all of baseball. He hit .325 with 31 doubles, eight triples and 21 home runs across three levels as a 19-year-old last year.

Acuna tore the cover off the ball in spring training, batting .432 with four home runs. He started off slowly in Triple-A but picked things up over the past week with three multi-hit games over his past eight.

Shohei Ohtani throws hardest pitch of season by starter

Shohei Ohtani

Shohei Ohtani impressed on the radar gun during his start against the defending World Series champions.

The Houston Astros got their first look at Ohtani the pitcher on Tuesday. During an at-bat against Josh Reddick in the fifth, Ohtani delivered the fastest pitch this year by a starting pitcher. MLB.com had him clocked at 101 mph twice in the at-bat, which ended in a line out.

Ohtani also hit 100 mph during his MLB debut, but he clearly outdid himself with this one. He did not see the best results on his stat line though as he was charged with four runs on six hits and five walks in 5.1 innings. He left with a 5-4 lead but ended up with a no decision.

Back in October, Ohtani received a platelet-rich plasma injection for a UCL issue in his pitching shoulder. The Angels did not appear to be concerned with his medical status, and Ohtani has not given them any reason to be thus far.

Watch: Yoenis Cespedes hits farthest, hardest Mets home run of Statcast era

Yoenis Cespedes

There are home runs, and then there are home runs. Yoenis Cespedes showed us what the latter looks like.

Cespedes clobbered a 3-run home run to tie the New York Mets-St Louis Cardinals game on Tuesday at 4. He took starter Luke Weaver deep to Big Mac Land at Busch Stadium and just pulverized the ball.

That ball was hit 115.1 mph and traveled 463 feet, according to Statcast, which measures advanced stats. The bomb by Cespedes was the hardest and farthest homer hit by a Met since Statcast began in 2015. Based on how much that ball was crushed, I sure wouldn’t dispute that claim.

Addison Russell doing better after allergic reaction that landed him in hospital

Addison Russell

Addison Russell is improving and in the lineup for Tuesday’s game despite being hospitalized on Sunday night.

The Chicago Cubs shortstop had an allergic reaction to shellfish that was mislabeled in the Rockies’ visiting clubhouse. Russell is allergic to shellfish and “blew up” after eating some food that he thinks may have been shrimp.

According to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, Russell went to the hospital for an IV and immediately felt better.

The shortstop is in the lineup batting seventh for the Cubs in the first of a two-game series against the Cleveland Indians in a rematch of the 2016 World Series.

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