It was a bit of a truncated schedule for Major League Baseball on Monday night, but there was still plenty going on in the games that did take place. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. was at the heart of the evening, hitting his 45th home run of the season to take the lead from Shohei Ohtani. In addition to doing that, he also ensured himself of his father’s best-ever single-season homer record. So that will give him some familial bragging rights. More importantly, than that will be that his Toronto Blue Jays crushed the Tampa Bay Rays 12-1. Alex Manoah went eight strong innings without giving up a run while Teoscar Hernandez produced five hits in the walloping.
That means that the Blue Jays have won 12 of their 13 games in September, putting them on top of the AL Wild Card standings by a game as things currently stand. The Yankees and Red Sox are tied and one game back for the ‘away’ slot. Elsewhere, Clayton Kershaw returned to the mound after two months of being out. It was a good time to return as well, as his Los Angeles Dodgers were facing the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was far from his best, but he didn’t need to be as he got 13 outs and only gave up a run in what was eventually a 5-1 Dodgers win. Justin Turner provided the bulk of the offense, hitting a two-run double in the bottom of the first and later homering in the seventh to bolster their lead. The win, they’re fourth in a row, keeps them 2.5 off the pace of the Giants for the NL West lead.