White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu has been a tough out all year long, but particularly lately as the Cuban slugger hasn’t been retired since the ninth inning on July 30. Since then, Abreu has reached in all five plate appearances two days in a row.
On July 31 in Detroit against the Tigers, Abreu walked, was hit by a pitch, and singled three times with an RBI. Yesterday, at home against the Twins, Abreu singled, doubled twice, and was intentionally walked twice in the seventh and eighth innings. He’s currently on a 21-game hitting streak.
If Abreu is going to keep both streaks going, he’ll have to do it tonight against Twins right-hander Yohan Pino. Abreu will enter the game with a 1.003 OPS along with a league-leading 31 home runs and 84 RBI, all of which puts him in the conversation for American League Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Player awards.
We learned on Monday that Hyun-Jin Ryu won one of the final two spots in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Brandon McCarthy has won the other, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register reports. Alex Wood was McCarthy’s competitor for the spot.
McCarthy, 33, posted a 4.85 ERA across four appearances spanning 13 innings this spring, yielding seven earned runs on 14 hits and a walk with seven strikeouts. Wood, a southpaw, gave up five earned runs in six innings against the Reds on Tuesday, which might have factored into the decision.
Last season, McCarthy made nine starts and one relief appearance, posting a 4.95 ERA with a 44/26 K/BB ratio in 40 innings. In the event McCarthy falters, the club has Wood as well as Julio Urias and the injured Scott Kazmir as potential replacements.
The Yankees have re-signed pitcher Jon Niese to a minor league contract, George A. King III of the New York Post reports. Niese was released on Sunday, but he’ll stick around and provide rotation depth for the Yankees.
Niese had knee surgery last August and got a late start to spring training as a result. In six spring appearances lasting an inning each, the lefty gave up three earned runs on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Niese, a veteran of nine seasons, put up an aggregate 5.50 ERA with an 88/47 K/BB ratio in 121 innings last season between the Pirates and Mets.