As he often does, George Springer got things started for the Blue Jays. He sent A's starter Luis Medina's second pitch into the left field seats for a leadoff home run and a quick 1-0 lead. Springer went 2 for 3 with the homer and a walk Sunday, and he either scored or drove in three of his team's 12 runs. Here's the game-opening blast:
Sunday's leadoff homer was Springer's third of the season and also his 55th career leadoff home run. That moves him into sole possession of second place on the all-time leadoff home run leaderboard, behind only the great Rickey Henderson. Here's the career leadoff homer leaderboard:
- Rickey Henderson: 81
- George Springer: 55 (and counting)
- Alfonso Soriano: 54
- Craig Biggio: 53
- Ian Kinsler: 48
Springer now has 16 career leadoff homers with the Blue Jays -- the other 39 came with the Houston Astros, of course -- and he holds the single-season leadoff homer records for both Toronto (nine in 2022) and Houston (12 in 2019). Henderson's single-season best was nine leadoff homers with the 1986 New York Yankees.