Somebody woke “The Big Donkey.”
Adam Dunn went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers, a double and five RBI last night as the White Sox beat the Mariners 7-3. His finest night as a member of the Pale Hose, it was his first multi-homer game since September 24, 2010 and his first five RBI game since August 28, 2010.
Dunn is now hitting .265/.368/.571 with three homers, 12 RBI, six doubles, eight walks and a .940 OPS over his first 57 plate appearances this season. Just 13 games in, he’s already one-third of the way to the 27 extra-base hits he accumulated for all of last year.
Some improvement was probably inevitable and he’d probably be lucky if he hits more than .240 — check out those 22 strikeouts in 49 at-bats — but would anyone be surprised if he made it over 30 homers again?
Your Friday box scores:
Yankees 6, Red Sox 2
Reds 9, Cubs 4
Marlins 0, Nationals 2
Rangers/Tigers – PPD (day-night doubleheader Saturday)
Cardinals 4, Pirates 1
Twins 5, Rays 4
Giants 4, Mets 3 (10 innings)
Blue Jays 4, Royals 3
Orioles 3, Angels 6
Dodgers 3, Astros 1
Indians 4, Athletics 3
Rockies 4, Brewers 3
Braves 9, Diamondbacks 1
Phillies 4, Padres 1
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Royals and first baseman Eric Hosmer have discussed a long-term contract extension. However, Hosmer also indicated that he will head into free agency if a deal is not consummated by Opening Day.
Hosmer, 27, avoided arbitration with the Royals last month, agreeing to a $12.25 million salary for the 2017 season. He is one of four key Royals players who can become a free agent after the season along with Mike Moustakas, Alcides Escobar, and Lorenzo Cain. If Hosmer does reach free agency, he would arguably be the top free agent first baseman.
Hosmer finished the past season hitting .266/.328/.433 with 25 home runs and 104 RBI while making his first All-Star team.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, pending a physical. Assuming the deal is finalized, Sherman notes that the Yankees will have Niese work as both a starter and a reliever in big league camp this spring.
According to Sherman, the Yankees were interested in lefty relievers Jerry Blevins and Boone Logan, but didn’t want to commit at their asking prices. They are looking for a lefty set-up man along with Tommy Lane.
Niese, 30, pitched for the Pirates and Mets last season, finishing with a 5.50 ERA and an 88/47 K/BB ratio over 121 innings.