Brett Lawrie in record territory since August callup

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Brett Lawrie broke a tie with a two-run homer in the top of the eighth as the Blue Jays bested the Orioles 8-6 on Thursday.

It was Lawrie’s fourth homer during his current nine-game hitting streak and seventh in 26 games since his callup.  He’s also knocked in 21 runs, but perhaps his most impressive stat so far is that he has 17 extra-base hits already (four triples, six doubles).  Since 1960, that’s tied for the most of any player in his first 26 career games:

1. George Scott (1966): 17
1. Mitchell Page (1977): 17
1. Albert Pujols (2001): 17
1. Jeff Francoeur (2005): 17
1. Chris Davis (2008): 17
1. Chris Dickerson (2008): 17
1. Brett Lawrie (2011): 17
8. Alvin Davis (1984): 16
8. Stephen Drew (2006): 16
8. Brennan Boesch (2010): 16

Ryan Braun, Carlos Gonzalez and Carlos Santana are among those that had 15.

Lawrie is hitting .340, and he’s also gone 4-for-4 stealing bases.  His big-league attitude may rub some people the wrong way, but so far, he’s definitely walking the walk.

Brewers, Jimmy Nelson avoid arbitration with one-year, $3.7 million contract

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Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers and starter Jimmy Nelson have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $3.7 million contract. The deal includes a $50,000 bonus if he wins Comeback Player of the Year Award, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.

Nelson, 29, was entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. The right-hander missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing shoulder surgery in September 2017. He had a solid 2017 season, finishing with a 3.49 ERA and a 199/48 K/BB ratio in 1751/3 innings of work. The Brewers are hoping he can return to form this coming season.

Assuming he’s healthy and productive, he will rejoin a rotation that now includes Jhoulys Chacin, Chase Anderson, Zach Davis, and an as yet undecided No. 5 starter.