Carlos Delgado is limping in winter ball

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Those still hanging on to the notion that Carlos Delgado will sign a contract with the Mets should take note of the following from Jayson Stark of ESPN.com:

“He’s got no range at first — none,” said one scout. “He actually
limps out there. He can’t play first on a day-to-day basis. I think he
can still DH, because he’s still got power. But to play first for a
team like the Mets? Can’t see it.”

Reports about his offense have been pretty positive, and he even legged out a triple on Friday, but he has shown little ability to move laterally just nine months removed from hip surgery. If National League teams aren’t willing to take a chance on the 37-year-old slugger, he’ll have a tough time finding anything beyond a minor league contract with Fernando Tatis, Xavier Nady, Gary Sheffield, Jim Thome, Melvin Mora, Ryan Garko, Hank Blalock, Mike Jacobs, Jermaine Dye and Russell Branyan also out there looking for work.

Albert Pujols hit his 597th career home run

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Angels DH Albert Pujols smacked his 597th career home run, a two-run shot in the top of the first inning during Wednesday night’s 5-2 loss to the Rays. The blast was off of Erasmo Ramirez and marked No. 6 on the season for the future Hall of Famer.

Pujols finished 1-for-3 with the homer and a walk. After Wednesday’s game, he’s hitting a lackluster .244/.296/.378 with 34 RBI and 14 runs scored in 186 trips to the plate.

Pujols currently ranks ninth on baseball’s all-time leaderboard and is three shy of joining the 600-homer club. He’s currently 13 home runs away from tying Sammy Sosa for eighth all-time.

Chris Sale’s streak of starts with at least 10 strikeouts ends

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Red Sox starter Chris Sale entered Wednesday’s outing against the Rangers with at least 10 strikeouts in eight consecutive starts, tying a record he already shared with Pedro Martinez. He failed do break the record, racking up only six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. Fortunately, the Red Sox scored seven runs in the bottom of the seventh to put him in line for the win. Sale gave up four runs (three earned) on six hits and a walk.

After Wednesday’s outing, Sale is sitting on a 2.34 ERA with a 101/14 K/BB ratio in 73 innings. So far, so good for the Red Sox, who acquired Sale from the White Sox in December.

Sale previously racked up 10 strikeouts in eight consecutive games between May 23 and June 30 in 2015 with the White Sox. Pedro Martinez accomplished the feat for the Red Sox between August 19 and September 27 in 1999.