Lucas Duda sent to New York for MRI on left side

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Lucas Duda has returned to New York in order to undergo an MRI on his left side, reports Adam Rubin of ESPN New York.

Duda complained of discomfort in his side following last night’s win over the Phillies. It sounds like he’s dealing with a potential strained oblique, which can be a pretty tricky injury, so a stint on the disabled list is a strong possibility.

Duda began the season as the starting left fielder, but he moved to first base this week with Ike Davis in the minor leagues. Davis has back-to-back two-homer games with Triple-A Las Vegas and is hitting .333 (13-for-39) with a 9/11 K/BB ratio since his demotion earlier this week, so Mets manager Terry Collins believes he “certainly has to be in the conversations” to be called up if Duda is placed on the disabled list. That would be a rapid return for someone who looked so lost when he was sent down, so general manager Sandy Alderson may have a different opinion on the matter.

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.