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Video: Eloy Jiménez crushes his first MLB home run

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All eyes were on White Sox rookie outfielder Eloy Jiménez when he debuted with the team last month. Jiménez tore through Triple-A last season with 20+ doubles and 20+ home runs, and ranked eighth-best among the league’s top prospects heading into the 2019 season. To say that expectations were high might be putting it mildly.

On Friday, Jiménez finally ripped the first home run of his major-league career: a 109-m.p.h., 425-footer off of a Jonathan Holder fastball. The home run shot straight out to center field, scoring Yoán Moncada and snapping a 5-5 tie with the Yankees in the fifth inning.

Jiménez got the silent treatment back in the dugout, but there’s no denying the White Sox are excited to see their top prospect locate some of the power that has been missing over the last several weeks. Heading into Friday’s series opener, Jiménez was batting .279/.326/.302 with a single extra-base hit and three RBI through 46 plate appearances.

The White Sox currently lead the Yankees 7-5 in the sixth.

Masahiro Tanaka throws two-hit shutout vs. Rays

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Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka went the distance, holding the Rays scoreless on two hits and one walk with 10 strikeouts across nine innings on Monday night in the Bronx. It’s the fourth shutout of his career, accounting for four of the Yankees’ last six shutouts. The other two were thrown my Luis Severino and Brandon McCarthy.

DJ LeMahieu provided the bulk of the offense, swatting a two-run home run off of Yonny Chirinos in the third inning. Cameron Maybin tacked on a solo homer off of Chirinos in the fifth as the Yankees went on to win 3-0.

After Monday’s performance, Tanaka owns a 3.23 ERA with 84 strikeouts and 20 walks across 92 innings on the season.

With the win, the Yankees increase their lead over the Rays for first place in the AL East to 1.5 games.