MLB: Joey Votto, Astros Throwbacks Among Best Photos from the Weekend's Action
The season's third weekend of interleague play brought us plenty of moments worth a second look. Fortunately for us, the great photographers covering games throughout the major leagues were on hand to capture those images.
Unlike the past two weekends, we didn't have a no-hitter thrown. (Matt Cain took care of that earlier in the week, apparently.) But we still had notable occurrences, such as the New York Yankees sweeping the Washington Nationals, reminding us that the established world order hasn't been overturned just yet.
We didn't get any goofy between-innings faces, theme nights at the ballpark or rodents running around the outfield this weekend, which takes some fun away from those putting together photo slideshows. This weekend, it was all about the players on the field.
With that, here are 10 photographs we enjoyed from the past three days in MLB.
Denard Span Watches a Ryan Braun Homer Leave the Yard
I don't think Minnesota Twins centerfielder Denard Span is going to catch this one, folks.
Ryan Braun hit a ball deep over the fence at Target Field for a three-run homer that gave the Milwaukee Brewers the lead in an eventual 5-3 win on Friday.
Braun hit two more home runs the next night, putting together a monster weekend that powered the Brewers to a series win over the Twins.
Jemile Weeks Goes in for the Score
Jemile Weeks slides into home with the Oakland Athletics' first run Friday night, kicking off the scoring in an eventual 10-2 win for the A's.
Oakland took two of three from the San Diego Padres over the weekend.
Mariners Fans Shower King Felix with Adoration
Safeco Field in Seattle was the King's Court on Sunday as Felix Hernandez took the mound for the Seattle Mariners.
Facing the San Francisco Giants, Hernandez struck out seven batters in seven innings. But King Felix couldn't get the win, as the Mariners scored only one run while he was in the game.
The M's got a walkoff win in the ninth on a Dustin Ackley RBI single.
Casey McGehee High-Fives After His Home Run
After tying the Cincinnati Reds for first place in the NL Central, the Pittsburgh Pirates have fallen off the pace. Going into Monday's play, the Bucs are four behind the Reds for the division lead.
But the Pirates did take two of three from the Indians at Progressive Field this weekend. Saturday's 9-2 win was powered by four Pittsburgh home runs, including this two-run shot by Casey McGehee in the sixth inning.
Coco Crisp Robs Cameron Maybin
Cameron Maybin almost put a run on the board for the San Diego Padres on Saturday with a deep drive to center field at The Coliseum in Oakland. (Is that ballpark still called O.Co Coliseum? It's hard to keep track of this stuff.)
Instead of cutting the A's lead to 2-1 in the top of the fifth inning, Maybin's fly ball was snared at the wall by center fielder Coco Crisp.
Maybin went 0-for-4 on the day.
Jason Motte Shows Maximum Effort on His Fastball
St. Louis Cardinals closer Jason Motte balked at the suggestion that he throws too many fastballs, perhaps allowing opposing batters to sit on the pitch since they know a breaking ball isn't coming.
"I'm a fastball pitcher," Motte told reporters after Sunday's 5-3 loss to the Royals. "I've had guys sit on it before and pop it right off. It's not the pitch. I'm going to keep throwing fastballs. I'm not going to all of a sudden become a curveball, knuckleball guy."
Motte got a save on Saturday, however, closing out a 10-7 win for the Cards. Does he look like a guy who's just tossing curveballs to the plate?
Rajai Davis Celebrates His Moment of Walkoff Glory
It's been a rough few days for the Toronto Blue Jays, who lost three starting pitchers in succession. That has them contemplating a trade for Jeremy Guthrie, according to Fox Sports, which should indicate how desperate Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthopoulos is for pitching right now.
But the Blue Jays did sweep the Philadelphia Phillies at Rogers Centre over the weekend. Saturday's victory was the walkoff kind, as Rajai Davis drove in the game-winner in the 10th inning with a ground-rule double.
Houston Astros Sport the Throwbacks on Saturday in Arlington
The Houston Astros' throwback uniforms can't only be contained to Friday night home games at Minute Maid Park, it appears.
The Astros and Rangers turned the clock back to 1986 with their uniforms on Saturday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington as part of "80s Weekend."
Jed Lowrie and Chris Johnson look like Bill Doran and Dickie Thon as they celebrate Lowrie's leadoff homer. However, the Rangers eventually came back to win, 8-3.
Quintin Berry Gets a Victory Soak from Jose Valverde
As someone who has spoken out against postgame shaving cream pies, I suppose I shouldn't highlight a player getting a water cooler shower.
But Detroit Tigers outfielder Quintin Berry is a rookie and is thus due for some hazing from his veteran teammates. What better setting than a postgame television interview after going 5-for-5 at the plate?
Berry was just too hot in a 5-0 Tigers victory over the Colorado Rockies. So Jose Valverde had to cool the rookie off. Perhaps Max Scherzer should've gotten a soak too, after striking out 12 Rockies.
Joey Votto's Star Shines Bright in New York
Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto took over the major league lead in batting average after going 5-for-11 (.455) at the plate over the weekend. He now has a .366 batting average, six points ahead of the Giants' Melky Cabrera and seven ahead of the White Sox's Paul Konerko.
Votto is hitting so well, and his star is so bright that fans might not be able to look directly at him. Just look what happened when Getty Images' Mike Stobe tried to snap a photo of Votto at Citi Field on Friday evening.
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