MLB NEWS AND NOTES FOR SATURDAY, JULY 2, 2022

Media by Associated Press - Milwaukee Brewers' Rowdy Tellez (11) celebrates with Andrew McCutchen after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Roansy Contreras during the second inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, July 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Media by Associated Press - Milwaukee Brewers' Rowdy Tellez (11) celebrates with Andrew McCutchen after hitting a three-run home run off Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Roansy Contreras during the second inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Friday, July 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

One of the many benefits of having the Toronto Blue Jays in Major League Baseball is that it can provide the uninitiated with a window into Canadian culture. Every year on July 1, 2022, the country celebrates the anniversary of the Canadian Confederation, which was formed on July 1, 1867. This was when the three colonies of United Canadas, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick were united to form Canada.

Blue Jays standout infielder Vladimir Guerrero Jr. made Toronto’s first game on the holiday in three years a special one Friday night. Guerrero had a hit and drove in three runs to help Toronto (44-33) beat down Tampa Bay 9-2 at Rogers Centre. Bo Bichette and George Springer also drove in two runs apiece for the Blue Jays.

Here’s a look at some other items going on in Major League Baseball.

No Mas

Rowdy Tellez smashed his fifth home run in as many games to help the Milwaukee Brewers pound the Pittsburgh Pirates 19-2 at PNC Park. For the Pirates, such a lopsided defeat is hardly rock bottom. In fact, getting beaten up has been one of the calling cards of this Pirates’ season.

Pittsburgh has allowed ten or more runs in seven games this season. The Pirates’ loss to Milwaukee wasn’t even their most lopsided of the season. Pittsburgh lost to the Cubs 21-0 on April 23 at Wrigley Field. Thanks to Milwaukee’s bats, the Pirates inched past Oakland to secure the league’s worst run differential at -117.

Automation may doom us all

Rob Manfred indicated in an interview that the MLB may have some form of robot umpires by 2024. The league plans to have them in some form, but they won’t entirely replace the staff on the field. Manfred has to notify the union a year before he would make such a change.

Mad Max set to return

The New York Mets have weathered the storm for much of the early season by dealing with injuries to their starting rotation. The Mets still have a 3.5-game lead over the defending World Series champion Braves in the NL East. New York announced Friday that it would see the return of one of its top pitchers.

Max Scherzer, who last pitched May 18 in an 11-4 Mets’ victory over the Cardinals, is still effective at age 37. Scherzer has a 5-1 record in eight starts this season. He has compiled 59 strikeouts in 49.2 innings of work.

Spin cycle

While the St. Louis Cardinals lost 5-3 in Philadelphia Friday night, third baseman Nolan Arenado made sure it was a night to remember. In the eighth inning, Arenado singled off Phillies reliever Seranthony Dominguez to complete the cycle. Arenado became the first St. Louis player to finish the cycle since Mark Grudzielanek did on April 27, 2005.

Arenado is the fifth player — along with Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich, the Mets’ Eduardo Escobar, the Angels’ Jared Walsh, and the Orioles’ Austin Hays — to hit for the cycle in MLB this season.

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