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Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. extends multi-hit game streak to 11, exits with injury

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Blue Jays middle infielder Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. racked up three more hits on Sunday afternoon against the White Sox, extending his multi-hit game streak to 11. According to Baseball Reference, he is one of only seven players since 1908 to have a multi-hit streak of at least 11 games. The others:

  • Rogers Hornsby (13 games), 1923
  • Billy Herman (12 games), 1935
  • Tony Perez (11 games), 1973
  • Paul Waner (11 games), 1927
  • Sam Rice (11 games), 1925
  • Shoeless Joe Jackson (11 games), 1912

Gurriel finished 3-for-5 in Sunday afternoon’s 7-4 win over the White Sox. On his final hit, an RBI single in the top of the ninth inning, Gurriel attempted to advance to second base on a throw home. The throw was cut off by Jose Abreu, who threw to second base. Gurriel attempted to avoid the tag but twisted his leg awkwardly. He was in pain for a while before walking off the field with the help of team trainers. The Blue Jays should pass along information on Gurriel’s status later tonight or tomorrow.

Since July 11, when his streak began, Gurriel is hitting .500/.519/.740 with three home runs and seven RBI in 50 at-bats.

On the season, Gurriel is batting .322/.340/.503 with seven homers, 22 RBI, and 16 runs scored in 147 plate appearances.

Brewers, Jimmy Nelson avoid arbitration with one-year, $3.7 million contract

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Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the Brewers and starter Jimmy Nelson have avoided arbitration, agreeing to a one-year, $3.7 million contract. The deal includes a $50,000 bonus if he wins Comeback Player of the Year Award, per Fancred’s Jon Heyman.

Nelson, 29, was entering his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. The right-hander missed the entire 2018 season after undergoing shoulder surgery in September 2017. He had a solid 2017 season, finishing with a 3.49 ERA and a 199/48 K/BB ratio in 1751/3 innings of work. The Brewers are hoping he can return to form this coming season.

Assuming he’s healthy and productive, he will rejoin a rotation that now includes Jhoulys Chacin, Chase Anderson, Zach Davis, and an as yet undecided No. 5 starter.