Mookie Betts has five home runs in his last seven at-bats

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Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has had a good couple of days. The 23-year-old launched a trio of home runs — coincidentally enough, one each to left, center, and right field — against the Orioles on Tuesday, finishing 3-for-5.

Betts stayed hot on Wednesday, hitting solo home runs in each of his first two at-bats against Orioles starter Mike Wright. He led off the first inning with a blast to right-center. In the second, shortly after Chris Young hit a two-run shot, Betts smacked a solo shot to left-center to tie the game at 4-4.

For those of you counting at home, Betts’ last seven at-bats: homer, homer, line out, homer, ground out, homer, homer. Betts now has 14 home runs on June 1. He hit 18 dingers in 145 games last year.

There are still seven innings left to play as of this writing.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.