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
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.