In the bottom of the first inning between the Red Sox and Indians, leadoff hitter Rajai Davis hit a shallow pop fly to right field. Mookie Betts gave chase, but slipped on the wet grass at Progressive Field, slipping and creating a divot in the field. Somehow, while falling to his knees, Betts maintained focus on the ball and caught it a few feet away from the foul line.
Had Betts been unable to make a grab, Davis would have had a double if not a triple. Statcast says he covered 105 feet in the effort.
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The Red Sox would go on to win Monday afternoon’s contest 3-2. Betts did not hit three home runs.
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.