Austin Jackson’s feat hadn’t been pulled off since 1988

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When Austin Jackson threw out Kosuke Fukudome at home to end Detroit’s 8-7 win over Cleveland on Sunday, it was the first time since 1988 that a game had ended with an 8-2 double play.

Baseball-Reference’s Raphy did the research and saw only five games that had ended that way since 1973, the last coming 23 years ago.

Oddly enough, Jim Leyland was the winning manager in the last one, too.  The Pirates beat the Cardinals 3-2 on Sept. 27, 1988 when Luis Alicea, hitting against Pirates closer Jim Gott, flew out to Andy Van Slyke.  Jose Oquendo tried to tie the scoring run from third and was cut down by Van Slyke at the plate.

Report: White Sox acquire Yonder Alonso from Indians

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The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.

Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.

While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.