The power source from the Los Angeles Dodgers has predominantly been provided by Cody Bellinger, which it was again on Tuesday night, but Corey Seager joined the party in a big way. Seager went deep three times, while Bellinger added his 22nd big fly in the Dodgers' 12-0 shutout of the New York Mets. It was Seager's second career three-home run game, as the Dodgers hit five long balls in their fifth straight win. Los Angeles now has nine home runs over the past two games, led by two red-hot young stars. Seager is hitting .415 with four home runs and 13 RBI over his last 10 games, while Bellinger is the first rookie ever with 10 home runs in a 10-game span. Yasmani Grandal also helped out with his seventh home run of the season. Brandon McCarthy cruised in six innings on the mound, allowing just four hits in his sixth win of the year. The Mets started rookie Robert Gsellman, who surrendered four of the Dodgers' home runs in the loss. Los Angeles sits a half game behind the first-place Colorado Rockies in the NL West, and will play host to the Mets yet again on ESPN Wednesday night.
Struggling Yankees Fall Out of First With Seventh Straight Loss
The New York Yankees have failed to get back on track since returning home from their west coast trip, as they suffered their seventh straight loss with an 8-3 defeat at the hands of the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. The loss drops them out of first place in the AL East with the Boston Red Sox earning an 8-3 road win over the Kansas City Royals. In the Bronx, Cameron Maybin played the role of the hero with a tiebreaking home run against Tyler Clippard, who also surrendered an RBI triple to Yunel Escobar in the loss. Clippard was handed his fourth loss of the year for the Yankees, who led by as many as four games in the AL East just last week. Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez both went deep in the home loss. In Kansas City, Chris Sale led the way, as always, with 10 strikeouts in 8.1 innings against the red-hot Royals. Mike Moustakas and Jorge Bonifacio both connected with long balls against the lefty, but that was all the offense the Royals could find. Xander Bogaerts and Sandy Leon both drove in two to lead Boston, who was without Dustin Pedroia, Mitch Moreland, and Pablo Sandoval. The Bosox moved past the Yankees with a record of 40-31, and will look to widen the margin in Kansas City Wednesday afternoon.
Hawks, Lakers Deal Notable Names Before Draft
The NBA Draft is now just one day away, and this is the week where the league finds out who truly is available on the trade market. Two names that not many people knew were available were dealt on Tuesday night, including the Atlanta Hawks sending big man Dwight Howard to the Charlotte Hornets. The Hawks are receiving Miles Plumlee, Marco Belinelli, and a draft pick, while also giving away a draft pick. Howard averaged just 13.5 points and 12.7 rebounds after signing a three-year, $70.5 million last July with his hometown team. He saw a lower role come playoff time, averaging just eight points and 10.7 rebounds. The playoffs ended with the Hawks getting eliminated in the first round for the first time since 2014. Meanwhile, the Lakers remain in the running to acquire Paul George before 2018, and they may have made some room for PG-13 by dealing D'Angelo Russell and Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets. They received Brook Lopez and the 27th pick in Thursday's draft. Russell was the second overall pick in 2015, but the 21-year-old averaged just 15.6 points and 4.8 assists last season. This move may also be making room for the possibility of selecting Lonzo Ball with the second pick on Thursday. Mozgov was moved after signing a four-year, $64 million contract in free agency last off-season. He posted 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in his lone season with L.A. With plenty of more names being rumored to be on the move on draft night, this could just be the opening act to a crazy draft night in the NBA.