Mike Trout homers in fourth consecutive game

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Angels outfielder Mike Trout is en fuego. He homered again on Sunday afternoon against the Rangers, marking the fourth consecutive game in which he has gone yard. The Rangers will be happy to leave Anaheim, as Trout homered five times (including a grand slam) in the four game series, resulting in three Angel victories.

Trout’s blast on Sunday was a two-run shot in the sixth inning off of reliever Kyle Bird, pushing the Angels’ lead to 6-2. He finished 1-for-2 with three walks and the homer on the afternoon. Trout is now batting .393/.571/1.000 with five home runs, 12 RBI, and six runs scored on the season. It stands to reason Trout will get the Barry Bonds treatment with increasing frequency.

The record for consecutive games with a home run is eight, held by Ken Griffey Jr., Don Mattingly, and Dale Long. The Angels’ record is five, done by Bobby Bonds from August 2-7, 1977. This is Trout’s second four-game homer streak of his career, with the other occurring in 2017 between May 12-15.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He 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 was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.