What’s on Tap: Previewing Monday’s action

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Happy Independence Day. Lots of afternoon baseball today. The Brewers and Nationals got started a little early, starting at 11:05 AM EDT, but the rest of them are starting at 1 PM EDT or later. Enjoy the holiday and day games.

Los Angeles Angels (Nick Tropeano) @ Tampa Bay Rays (Matt Moore), 1:10 PM EDT

Texas Rangers (Nick Martinez) @ Boston Red Sox (Rick Porcello), 1:35 PM EDT

New York Yankees (CC Sabathia) @ Chicago White Sox (James Shields), 2:10 PM EDT

Oakland Athletics (Kendall Graveman) @ Minnesota Twins (Ricky Nolasco), 2:10 PM EDT

Seattle Mariners (Wade Miley) @ Houston Astros (Lance McCullers), 2:10 PM EDT

Pittsburgh Pirates (Jon Niese) @ St. Louis Cardinals (Carlos Martinez), 2:15 PM EDT

Cincinnati Reds (Cody Reed) @ Chicago Cubs (Kyle Hendricks), 2:20 PM EDT

Atlanta Braves (Joel de la Cruz) @ Philadelphia Phillies (Jerad Eickhoff), 4:05 PM EDT

Colorado Rockies (Tyler Anderson) @ San Francisco Giants (Jake Peavy), 4:05 PM EDT

Miami Marlins (Tom Koehler) @ New York Mets (Matt Harvey), 4:10 PM EDT

Kansas City Royals (Edinson Volquez) @ Toronto Blue Jays (Aaron Sanchez), 7:07 PM EDT

Detroit Tigers (Daniel Norris) @ Cleveland Indians (Danny Salazar), 7:10 PM EDT

Baltimore Orioles (Yovani Gallardo) @ Los Angeles Dodgers (Julio Urias), 9:10 PM EDT

San Diego Padres (Luis Perdomo) @ Arizona Diamondbacks (Archie Bradley), 9:10 PM EDT

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.