Reynaldo López strikes out 14 batters over six innings

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White Sox starter Reynaldo López had himself a day against the Tigers on Sunday afternoon. The right-hander limited the opposition to an unearned run on two hits and three walks while striking out 14 batters over six innings. 14 strikeouts! In six innings!

It’s the second time a pitcher has struck out at least 14 batters in a start this season. Jacob deGrom also struck out 14 on April 3 against the Marlins. López is the first member of the White Sox to strike out at least 14 since Chris Sale in a complete game effort against the Mariners on August 26, 2016. The last pitcher to strike out at least 14 batters in six or fewer innings was Mike Fiers on August 14, 2014 against the Cubs.

Following Sunday’s effort, López now has a 6.03 ERA with 39 strikeouts and 17 walks in 31 1/3 innings this season.

Mike Trout and Christian Yelich win the 2019 Hank Aaron Awards

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Major League Baseball announced today that Mike Trout and Christian Yelich have been selected as the American League and National League winners of the 2019 Hank Aaron Awards. The Hank Aaron Award, which was established in 1999, recognizes “the most outstanding offensive performers in each league.” A fan vote is part of it. A special panel of Hall of Fame players led by Hank Aaron weighs in as well.

Yellich, who is a back-to-back winner of the Award in the NL, led the Majors with a .671 slugging percentage and a 1.100 OPS, while leading the National League in batting average (.329), WAR (7.3) and OBP (.429). It was his third straight year with at least 100 runs scored and he set career-highs with 44 home runs and 30 stolen bases. He was the NL Player of the Week twice and stands a good chance of winning the NL MVP Award, though a late season injury will make it a pretty close vote.

Trout, who previously won the award in 2014, led the Majors with a .483 on-base percentage while leading the American League with a .645 slugging percentage and a 1.083 OPS. He was second in the AL with a career-best 45 home runs, was second i WAR (8.3) and, like Yelich, was a two-time Player of the Week winner. He too stands a good chance of wining the MVP though, he too, had a late season injury which could knock him down to second place.