The longest current winning streak in the American League belongs to the Rays — a team that might also boast the AL’s Cy Young Award winner.
David Price was at it again on Saturday night, allowing just two runs over seven innings while striking out five as Tampa Bay rolled to its fifth straight win with a 4-2 defeat of the Twins.
Price now has a 2.50 ERA and 1.12 WHIP in 23 starts this season. The 26-year-old lefty has fanned 151 batters and walked only 48 in 155 total frames.
The Rays will look to make it six straight in Sunday’s series-finale with Minnesota.
Price, who finished second in the Cy Young Award race in 2010, pitches next against the Angels.
Your Saturday recaps and box scores:
Yankees 5, Blue Jays 2
Reds 4, Cubs 2
Rockies 3, Giants 9
Red Sox 2, Indians 5
Brewers 5, Astros 6 (10 innings)
Cardinals 4, Phillies 1
Padres 5, Pirates 0
Athletics 9, White Sox 7
Rays 4, Twins 2
Braves 9, Mets 3
Dodgers 3, Marlins 7
Tigers 1, Rangers 2
Nationals 6, Diamondbacks 5
Mariners 7, Angels 4
Royals 7, Orioles 3
Yankees’ special advisor and former outfielder Hideki Matsui expects to help the club “convince or recruit” Japanese two-way star Shohei Otani, according to a report from MLB.com’s Deesha Thosar. The Yankees are currently viewed as the favorites to sign Otani, though there still figures to be plenty of competition for his services when he finally becomes eligible to enter Major League Baseball.
Matsui also told Thosar that while he hasn’t seen a player find success as a hybrid pitcher/slugger in the majors, he’s taken notice of Otani’s success in both areas. “He’s done well in Japan, so as a baseball fan I’m looking forward to how he’s going to do here in the Majors and in the U.S.,” Matsui said, later adding, “If [pitching and hitting is] something he wants to do, and the team wants it, then why not?”
Neither the Yankees nor any other suitor should be too concerned with Otani’s ability to translate his .332 batting average and 3.20 ERA to MLB — at least, not just yet. There are still a few roadblocks in his path to the major leagues, most notably the lack of approval from the Players Association. Per FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman, the union doesn’t want to sign off on an agreement that would give the Nippon Ham Fighters a $20 million posting fee in exchange for Otani’s services. According to the posting system rules, Otani himself would be eligible to receive no more than a $4 million signing bonus.
The good news in all of this? The union agreed to reach a final decision by Monday, November 21, so there’s still a chance Major League Baseball will see the talented two-way player bring his unique skillset to the field in 2018.