MLB news: Carlos Gonzalez, Billy Hamilton exit early with injuries

Doug Pensinger

A pair of dynamic outfielders were forced into early exits on Thursday due to finger ailments.

Carlos Gonzalez left in the fourth inning of the Rockies' win over the Mets on Thursday with a bruised left index finger, the team announced via Twitter.

Gonzalez recently battled knee tendinitis that coincided with a 7-for-54 slump. The 28-year-old outfielder showed signs of coming out of the funk over the past four games, homering twice and notching four extra-base hits against the Mets and Diamondbacks. Fortunately for the Rockies, X-rays were negative and Gonzalez is listed as day-to-day. After the game, Rockies manager Walt Weiss told reporters that the swelling had already began to subside.

The finger Gonzalez banged up on Thursday is not the same one that limited him to six plate appearances after July 30 last season.

The Rockies are a game out of first place in the NL West with a 17-13 record despite not getting a single start from staff ace Jhoulys Chacin and considerable time spent on the disabled list by Brett Anderson, Tyler Chatwood and Michael Cuddyer in addition to Gonzalez's various ailments.

Hamilton injures hand on diving catch

Reds rookie outfielder Billy Hamilton hurt himself making a diving catch on the first pitch of the team's win over the Brewers and will be out for a "couple days," according to John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Hamilton sprained the third and fourth knuckles on his left hand, per Fayman. He was replaced by Chris Heisey, who went 2-for-4 with a walk.

Dodgers, Rays, Orioles sweep doubleheaders

Inclement weather on Tuesday resulted in a doubleheader between the Dodgers and Twins on Thursday in Minneapolis. The home team was not treated kindly, as the Dodgers capped off a series sweep by outscoring the Twins, 13-7, in the day-night twin bill.

Among the notable events were Yasiel Puig reaching base eight consecutive times dating back to Wednesday and Scott Van Slyke hitting a go-ahead home run in the 12th inning in Game 2. Van Slyke also hit his first career triple on what was an unfortunate play for Twins center fielder Aaron Hicks:

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Hicks left the game with concussion symptoms and will be re-evaluated on Friday, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

Farther east, the Rays earned a pair of one-run victories over the Red Sox to capture just their third series win of the season. After a walk-filled escape job in Game 1, the Rays got homers from Desmond Jennings, Sean Rodriguez and Yunel Escobar -- who provided the game-winning blast -- to power past Boston in the nightcap.

Baltimore captured the final doubleheader sweep of the night, using a 10th-inning walk-off home run from Matt Weiters to get past the Pirates. Nick Markakis homered in both games for his first two deep flies of the season. Orioles pitchers notched 20 total strikeouts on the day and withstood a four-hit game from Gaby Sanchez in Game 2.

Thursday scores

Rays 2, Red Sox 1
Rays 6, Red Sox 5
Dodgers 9, Twins 4
Dodgers 4, Twins 3 (12 innings)
Orioles 5, Pirates 1
Orioles 6, Pirates 5 (10 innings)
Mariners 4, Yankees 2
Marlins 5, Braves 4
Reds 8, Brewers 3
Blue Jays 7, Royals 3
Rockies 7, Mets 4

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