And you thought he was good before…

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Former Rocky Mountain News writer Jack Etkin has this unusual headline for us today on the InsideTheRockies blog:
Cousin’s death gives Tulowitzki added incentive for 2010
I’m going to assume this is Etkin’s own doing. Newspaper writers are rarely responsible for the headlines to their articles, but we bloggers tend to have to deal with those things ourselves. And I don’t think a professional headline writer would have gone with the above.
Because, yikes, this just isn’t a good headline. Added perspective? Maybe. Added incentive? I’d hate to think this is the next big market inefficiency. I’d rather not have to scan the obits before starting my projections each winter. And how long before Jeffrey Loria hires a hitman to start knocking off Marlins players’ cousins each spring?
And if losing a cousin provides added incentive, how about a sibling or a parent? Let’s hope it never materializes, but I can see Etkin’s breaking story already:
Tulo’s mom dies; MVP campaign on the way

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.