Yankees outfield prospect Mason Williams made his major league debut on Friday night at Camden Yards against the Orioles. Batting ninth, he struck out in his first major league at-bat against Ubaldo Jimenez. He had much more success the second time around.
With a runner on second base and one out in the fourth inning with the Yankees trailing 5-1, Williams drove a 0-1 fastball from Jimenez into the seats in right-center for a two-run home run.
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Williams was considered one of the top outfield prospects a few years ago, but struggled in 2013 and ’14. He hit will with Double-A Trenton to start the season before earning a promotion to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on May 21. He hadn’t homered in 235 combined minor league plate appearances this season.
CHICAGO — Chicago White Sox outfielder Eloy Jimenez has a sprained right foot, likely sidelining the slugger for a pivotal season-ending series against the crosstown Cubs.
The White Sox had dropped a season-high five in a row heading into the weekend set, falling out of first place in the AL Central. They are hoping to get back on track heading into their playoff appearance since 2008, but the health of Jimenez is a concern.
Jimenez, who is batting .296 with 14 homers and 41 RBIs, was injured sliding across home in the seventh inning of Chicago’s 5-4 loss at Cleveland on Thursday. Manager Rick Renteria said the 23-year-old left fielder will need “to be off his feet” for a few days.
“There’s inflammation in there and they want to calm it down” Renteria said. “We’ll know more in a few days.”
The White Sox trailed the first-place Twins by a game heading into the series with the Cubs. They are just one ahead of the third-place Indians. The AL postseason begins on Tuesday.