The homers were number 47 and 48, leaving Judge just one shy of tying the rookie mark in that department. With a .296 average and 11 homers in September, it appears that Judge has fully shrugged off his second-half slump and will now get to play all seven remaining games at home in the friendly confines of Yankee Stadium.
Garcia got his day off to a strong start with a two-run homer in the opening frame and added an RBI double in the seventh inning before coming around to score later in that frame. He hadn't driven in a run since piling up seven RBI on Sept. 14, but snapped out of that funk here while batting third in the order. This effort raised Garcia's season line to .331/.379/.504.
Cain's third-inning long ball off starter Lucas Giolito was all the offense his team could muster in this one. He's just one home run shy of matching his career high of 16 from 2015 and needs only three more steals to reach his previous high of 28.
Though he supplied the Rangers' only run Sunday, Mazara still turned in an underwhelming series, going 2-for-11 with three strikeouts as Texas was swept. Mazara's production has been on the downswing during September, but he still looks like a safe bet to make regular starts during the season's final week as the Rangers look to keep their slim playoff hopes alive.
Reddick sat out Saturday's contest after exiting Friday's series opener with mild back pain. He's good to go for the Sunday night primetime affair, however, and will slot into the No. 6 spot in the batting older while manning right field.
Jones has been bothered by sore legs in the past, and it appears that the ailment was bothersome enough Sunday to cause the veteran outfielder to exit the game. The Orioles are off on Monday, so we'd expect to see him back in action Tuesday against Pirates.
Although the team has yet to say that Pinder won't return before the season ends, it's clear that he won't be back in action soon. After Sunday, Oakland will have just seven games remaining on the schedule, which doesn't leave Pinder much time to return to full health and get back on the field this season. With Boog Powell fighting a knee injury, Pinder had been playing center field recently. Now that Pinder is also out, Jake Smolinski is in line to see more time in Oakland's lineup.
The reason for Jones' early departure is unknown at this point in time, but more information should be available soon. Joey Rickard entered the game in his place. Prior to being pulled, Jones had gone 1-for-2 at the plate and scored a run while notching two RBI.
Gomez will head to the bench and give way to Delino DeShields in center field. Heading into Sunday, Gomez had started three consecutive games after battling an ankle injury. Over said games he went 4-for-10 (.400) and drove in two runs.
Bruce will serve as Cleveland's designated hitter for Sunday's outing. He'll look to get back on track at the plate, as he's failed to pick up a hit in either of the Indians' last two games.