Nationals call up relief prospect Drew Storen

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storen uniform.jpgAccording to Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com, the Nationals have purchased the contract of relief prospect Drew Storen from Triple-A Syracuse.  He will meet up with the team on Monday in St. Louis.

Storen unsurprisingly beat fellow 2009 first-round draft pick Stephen Strasburg to the big leagues.  He kicked off this season at Double-A Harrisburg and posted a 0.96 ERA, 11/1 K/BB ratio and a 0.64 WHIP in 9 1/3 innings before earning a promotion to Triple-A.  In Syracuse he surrendered only one earned run in 6 2/3 innings.  The 22-year-old will likely serve in a setup role for the Nationals for now, but projects as a possible future closer.

Strasburg has been equally impressive, but the Nats have more reason to prevent him from reaching Super Two status.  Storen is a reliever and will never command the kind of money that Strasburg one day could.

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.