Yu Darvish to return on Saturday against the Cubs

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Rangers starter Yu Darvish is expected to return from the disabled list to start on Saturday against the Cubs, Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Darvish has been out since June 9 with discomfort in his neck and right shoulder. He made his season debut on May 28, which was his first start since August 9, 2014 as he underwent Tommy John surgery.

In three starts this season, Darvish has yielded five runs on 12 hits and six walks with 19 strikeouts in 15 2/3 innings.

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.