Achilles' tendon intact for gimpy Jim Edmonds

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Even if it’s only hanging by a thread.
Jim Edmonds, who thought he had finally blew out his troublesome right Achilles’ tendon in a home run trot Tuesday, had tests come back negative today, leaving open the possibility that he could play again this season.
“It didn’t blow out or tear,” he told the Cincinnati Enquirer. “So it’s not over yet.”
Edmonds has been dealing with pain in the area for more than four months now, and while the prudent thing for any athlete in his situation to do would be to shut it down, he intends to keep doing what he can, in part since he’s planning to retire at season’s end anyway.
Manager Dusty Baker gave no indication Wednesday of when he might try to work Edmonds back in. It might be that the 40-year-old first baseman-outfielder will be limited to pinch-hitting duties for now. Edmonds has started just two games since coming off the DL last week, but he’s 4-for-7 with two homers. Overall, he’s batting .276/.342/.504 in 246 at-bats this season.

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.