Once a week or so MLB announces minor-league suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs and they usually do so as close to 5:00 p.m. as possible. I’m sure that’s just a coincidence and has nothing to do with trying to get the news out there after baseball media has checked out for the day.
Anyway, yesterday the five o’clock suspensions included a trio of minor leaguers and none of them warranted much attention at first glance. However, it turns out that former 36th-round pick Nick Parent, a rookie-ball catcher in the White Sox farm system, is the son of White Sox bench coach and former big leaguer Mark Parent.
Nick Parent received a 50-game suspension for the anabolic steroid Stanozolol, which you may remember from Rafael Palmeiro’s positive test in 2005. Parent is a non-prospect, hitting .113 in rookie-ball. His dad played in the majors from 1986-1998, including briefly being teammates with Palmeiro on the 1996 Orioles.
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.
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.