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Video: Shin-Soo Choo extends on-base streak to 45 games

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Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo is chasing franchise history. During Friday’s game against the Tigers, Choo was the first to strike for either side after postmarking a Jordan Zimmerman fastball to center field for a leadoff home run in the first inning.

The 436-footer was Choo’s 17th of the year, and more importantly, helped extend his current on-base streak to 45 games. The franchise record sits at 46 straight games and is currently held by former Rangers infielder, Julio Franco, who completed the feat back in 1993. No player — on the Rangers or any other major league team — has matched Choo’s record so far this season.

Following that first inning blast, the Rangers’ bats stayed fairly quiet against Zimmerman. Tigers catcher James McCann snatched the lead in the fifth with a two-run shot off of Bartolo Colon, compromising Colon’s ability to make some history of his own. He needs just one more win to overtake Dennis Martinez as the winningest Latin American pitcher in MLB history.

The Rangers currently trail the Tigers 2-1 in the eighth.

Report: Rays sign Brandon Lowe to six-year, $24 million contract extension

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rays and infielder Brandon Lowe have agreed on a six-year, $24 million contract extension. Lowe has just 58 days of service time, so this will cover his three years of pre-arbitration as well as three arbitration years.

Lowe, 24, earned a promotion to the majors in early August last year, playing mostly at second base but also logging time in both outfield corners. Through the end of the season, he hit .233/.324/.450 with six home runs and 25 RBI in 148 plate appearances. Lowe also performed well this spring, batting .359/.405/.692 with a pair of homers and 14 RBI in 39 at-bats.

MLB Pipeline rates lowe as the No. 10 prospect in the Rays’ system. He is in line to see regular starts at second base, but the Rays will certainly be keen to utilize his versatility throughout the year.