ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Kendrys Morales homered from both sides of the plate during a nine-run sixth inning, capping the burst with a grand slam that sent the Los Angeles Angels romping past the Texas Rangers 15-8 Monday night.
Morales became the third switch-hitter in major league history to homer as a lefty and righty in the same inning. Carlos Baerga did it for Cleveland in 1993 and Mark Bellhorn of the Chicago Cubs duplicated the feat in 2002.
The Angels won the opener of the four-game series and closed within four games of AL West-leading Texas.
Morales connected for a two-run shot in the sixth as a lefty off Texas starter Roy Oswalt that put the Angels ahead 5-3. Morales then hit a grand slam off Robbie Ross from the right side.
With the annual dads trip coming up, the Capitals are making special arrangements for T.J. Oshie. The team is allowing both his biological father, Tim Oshie, and his father-in-law, Dave Cosgrove, to come along.
@TarikCSN Oshie also says he and everyone else calls his Dad, "Coach." Tim was T.J.'s first coach.
Tim, whom Oshie calls "Coach," has been battling Alzheimer's disease since at least 2012, according to an in-depth ESPN story published in 2014.
Then playing for the Blues, Oshie described the episodes of disorientation and forgetfulness that led to his father's diagnosis. He and his family have been open about his father's Alzheimer's in hopes of raising awareness and letting people know they're not alone.
The father and son due also participated in the Walk to End Alzheimer's back in 2014.
"We have nothing right now as far as getting rid of it. With all the medicines and all the doctors in the world, I think it's something that hopefully we'll be able to stop – and get rid of sooner than later," Oshie told ESPN. "So that's why we talk about it, that's why we're open about it. Maybe not soon enough for my dad or for me, if that happens to be the case eventually down the road, but hopefully for my kids and my grandkids."
With Tim needing assistance to accompany his son on the Capitals' road trip, his father-in-law will there to help.
The Caps pride themselves on a family atmosphere, so it's no surprise that the team would welcome an extra dad with open arms.
Everyone knew the Rangers would go after Dallas Stars forward Cody Eakin in New York on Wednesday after he laid out Henrik Lundqvist the last time these two teams met. But Rangers forward Chris Kreider went a bit too far which resulted in a fine from the NHL on Wednesday.
During the fight, however, Kreider ripped off Eakin’s helmet and hit him with it, something that should have netted him a misconduct penalty. Instead, both players were assessed matching majors for fighting.
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Kreider was assessed a $5,000 fine Wednesday, the maximum allowable amount under the current Collective Bargaining Agreement. He went on to score in the third period and both players finished with a goal and an assist apiece in what was a 7-6 Dallas win.