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White Sox avoid arbitration with Jose Abreu


The White Sox avoided arbitration with first baseman Jose Abreu, agreeing to a one-year, $10.825 million contract for the 2017 season,’s Phil Rogers reports.

Abreu, 29, chose to opt out of his six-year contract with the White Sox last month, instead going year-to-year in arbitration. The contract called for a $10.5 million salary for the 2017 season, so he made several hundred thousand dollars more. The contract would have also paid him $11.5 million in 2018 and $12 million in ’19.

Abreu finished the 2016 season hitting .293/.353/.468 with 25 home runs and 100 RBI in 695 plate appearances.

Wilson Ramos suffers head injury on Ruben Tejada’s backswing

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Rays catcher Wilson Ramos had to exit Monday night’s game against the Orioles in the fifth inning after suffering a head injury. Ruben Tejada broke his bat on a ground out and the barrel hit Ramos in his helmet. Rich Dubroff reports that Ramos needed six staples to close a laceration on his head.

Ramos will continue to be evaluated under MLB’s concussion protocol. He may wind up on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Ramos, 29, entered Monday’s action batting .222/.259/.426 with three home runs and 11 RBI in 59 plate appearances. He was 0-for-2 before being replaced by Jesus Sucre.

Video: Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop turn a sweet 5-4-3 double play

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Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and second baseman Jonathan Schoop teamed up to turn an impressive 5-4-3 double play in the bottom of the first inning of Monday night’s game against the Rays.

Steven Souza, Jr. led off the frame with a single. Corey Dickerson struck out, bringing Evan Longoria to the dish. Longoria sharply grounded a 1-2 fastball from Kevin Gausman to Machado, who showcased his strong arm with a perfect feed to Schoop at the second base bag despite his momentum taking him towards into territory. Schoop made an off-balance throw to first to complete the twin-killing.

The Orioles took the lead in the top of the third when Adam Jones hit a solo home run off of Ian Snell.