Video: Yulieski Gurriel hits his first major league home run

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Astros third baseman Yulieski Gurriel smacked his first big league home run in a losing effort Wednesday against the Indians. The blast, a two-run shot, came off of an Andrew Miller slider in the top of the eighth inning with a runner on second base and one out in a 2-2 count and helped cut the Astros’ deficit to 6-5.

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Gurriel finished 2-for-4 on the evening. Now with 14 major league games under his belt, he’s batting .318/.340/.455 with six RBI in 47 plate appearances.

The Astros signed Gurriel as a free agent out of Cuba in July earlier this year, agreeing to a five-year, $47.5 million contract.

O’Day retires following 15 seasons for 6 major league teams

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ATLANTA (AP) Right-hander Darren O'Day, who posted a 4.15 ERA in 28 games with the Atlanta Braves in 2022, announced Monday he is retiring after 15 seasons for six teams in the major leagues.

O’Day said on his Twitter account “it’s finally time to hang ’em up.”

“The mental, physical and time demands have finally outweighed my love for the game,” O’Day said.

O’Day, 40, featured an unconventional sidearm delivery. He was 42-21 with a 2.59 ERA in 644 games, all in relief. He made his major league debut in 2008 with the Angels and pitched seven seasons, from 2012-18, for the Baltimore Orioles.

He posted a 4.43 ERA in 30 postseason games, including the 2010 World Series with the Texas Rangers.

O’Day also pitched for the New York Mets and New York Yankees. He pitched for the Braves in 2019-20 before returning for his second stint with the team last season. He became a free agent following the season.

He set a career high with six saves for Baltimore in 2015, when he was 6-2 with a 1.52 ERA and was an AL All-Star.