Video: Odubel Herrera forgets the number of outs in the eighth inning

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The Phillies were slaughtered by the Blue Jays on Thursday night, suffering a 13-2 loss at Citizens Bank Park. It was 10-1 in the top of the eighth inning when Michael Saunders stepped to the plate with a runner on first base and one out.

Reliever David Hernandez threw a 1-2 fastball, which Saunders lifted to right-center. Herrera jogged after the ball and caught it casually, flipping the ball into the stands above the right field fence. Whoops. Edwin Encarnacion, who was on first base, was allowed to advance two bases as a result.

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Russell Martin followed up with an RBI double and Kevin Pillar blasted a two-run home run, his second round-tripper of the game.

It’s understandable that Herrera’s focus might have waned, given the way the game was going. Perhaps unfairly, this incident will be used against him in tandem with last month’s benching for a lack of hustle. Herrera, though, has been one of very few bright spots on an otherwise underwhelming Phillies roster. He went 2-for-4 on Thursday night, raising his batting average to .309 and his OPS to .838. The only other Phillies with a comparable OPS are Cody Asche (.793) who has had 44 plate appearances, and Tommy Joseph (.797) who has had 93.

Herrera’s blunder brings back memories of 1994, when Expos right fielder Larry Walker lost track of the outs at Dodger Stadium:

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.