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José Berríos leaves start with blister

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Twins starter José Berríos departed Saturday’s game against the Royals with a blister on his right ring finger, per reports. It’s not yet clear whether the issue will prevent him from taking the mound for his next scheduled start, but it’s a troubling development nonetheless.

Berríos pitched through seven scoreless innings before the injury became apparent. In the top of the eighth inning, he allowed a 1-0 single to Humberto Arteaga, then fired a wild pitch to advance Arteaga to second base and walked Cam Gallagher on five pitches. Following a mound visit, he was replaced by Taylor Rogers, who permitted another two hits and three runs before the end of the inning.

Following his outing, Berríos holds an 8-3 record in 16 starts with a 2.84 ERA, 1.7 BB/9, and 8.3 SO/9 across 104 2/3 inning this season. This is the first injury that figures to affect his playing time since he suffered a minor bout of shoulder soreness in 2017.

Despite Rogers’ meltdown in the eighth, the Twins held on for the win with C.J. Cron‘s go-ahead single and Eddie Rosario‘s double in the top of the 10th. They improved to 50-26, becoming the first American League team to reach 50 wins in 2019 and the second to do so in the league (behind the 52-25 Dodgers).

Mike Trout voted 2019 American League Most Valuable Player

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The Baseball Writers Association of America voted Angels outfielder Mike Trout the Most Valuable Player in the American League for the 2019 season. He received 17 of 30 first-place votes, earning the third AL MVP Award of his career.

Trout, 28, missed the final three weeks of the season due to a foot injury, but his numbers were still strong enough to overcome the competition. He led the majors with a .438 on-base percentage and a 185 adjusted OPS, and led the AL with a .645 slugging percentage and 1.083 OPS. He also slugged 45 home runs, knocked in 104 runs, scored 110 runs, and stole 11 bases in 600 plate appearances. FanGraphs also gave him an edge over the competition in WAR at 8.6.

Trout, who also won the award in 2014 and ’16, is the third Angel to snag the hardware, joining Don Baylor (1979) and Vladimir Guerrero Sr. (2004). He is the 11th player to win three MVP awards, joining Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Álex Rodríguez, Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, Mike Schmidt, Albert Pujols, and Barry Bonds. Bonds is the only player to have won the award more than three times, winning a whopping seven MVP awards.

Alex Bregman finished in a close second place followed by Marcus  Semien, DJ LeMahieu, and Xander Bogaerts. Also receiving votes were Matt Chapman, George Springer, Mookie Betts, Nelson Cruz, Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Rafael Devers, Jorge Polanco, Austin Meadows, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, Gleyber Torres, Eddie Rosario, José Abreu, Max Kepler, J.D. Martinez, Yoán Moncada, Charlie Morton, Matt Olson, and Jorge Soler.