Carter struck in the ninth inning. With his team down by two runs, Carter belted a solo shot off Eric O'Flaherty. Carter also singled earlier in the contest. He finished 2 for 5, with one run scored and one RBI. He's now hit five home runs over his last 11 games. He's also homered in each of the past three contests.
Raburn went 0 for 3, with two strikeouts during the game. He walked in his only other plate appearance. Raburn is working his way back from a wrist injury.
Ortiz is seeking to pick up where he left off - on a 17-for-33 tear in which he slugged four home runs and drove in nine.
Carter stepped to the plate with two men on in the bottom of the eighth. With his team trailing by a run, Carter smashed a 90 mph fastball out to left for a three-run homer. It was Carter's 32nd home run of the year. Carter finished 1 for 4, with one run scored and three RBI.
Giambi struck out in all three of his at-bats. He was replaced by a pinch hitter in the ninth inning. Giambi has been out since June 11 due to a knee injury.
But that projects to, what, 24 homers in 600 at-bats? It certainly isn't why he's the No. 4 first baseman in Head-to-Head leagues since arriving Aug. 1. And that worries me.
It worries me because if it's supposed to be his strength, then other, less sustainable aspects of his game are carrying him, leaving him vulnerable to collapse.
I don't think it's at all a stretch to say he won't keep hitting .337. He has already struck out 27 times in those 95 at-bats, and with only four walks. Once opposing pitchers pick up on his tendencies, they'll take advantage of his aggressiveness. To put it another way, his .424 BABIP is ridiculous.
Vargas has also accumulated 23 RBI in only 23 games. The law of averages says that won't last even before you apply the correction in batting average. Cut those two measurements down to size, and Vargas is looking more like a Kendrys Morales-type player.
Which may seem unfair to those only familiar with the 2014 version of Kendrys Morales, but basically all I'm saying is Vargas is a serviceable corner infielder at this stage of his career, nothing more. You can ride him while he's hot, but ultimately he won't measure up to first basemen like Justin Morneau and Matt Adams.
Reimold has struggled since joining the Blue Jays, hitting just .212/.283/.404 in 22 games, with two home runs in 52 at-bats. The report indicates he was a non-tender candidate at the end of the season even if the Blue Jays didn't release him.