White Sox rookie Abreu sets record for RBI through April
Jose Abreu, who had a two-run home run in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh, has 31 RBI to lead the majors.
The Associated Press
CHICAGO — Jose Abreu said he didn’t expect this much success, especially in cold weather.
Yet he set another rookie record Sunday.
Abreu drove in four runs and set a major-league rookie record for runs batted in through the end of April as the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Sunday.
Abreu, who had a two-run home run in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh, has 31 RBI to lead the majors. Albert Pujols had the previous rookie RBI mark of 27 in 2001.
Abreu’s homer was his major-league-leading 10th and extended his record for home runs by a rookie through April.
“I go to the field to play baseball, help the team,” Abreu said through a translator.
“I really don’t go looking for records, but they’re definitely welcome. That’s not something that I go looking for, but it’s a nice thing.”
Another White Sox rookie had a memorable day. In his big-league debut, Scott Carroll (1-0) gave up two runs, one earned, in 71 / 3 innings after he was called up from Class AAA Charlotte to fill in for injured ace Chris Sale.
TORONTO — Blue Jays manager John Gibbons penned a historic starting lineup that featured six players from the Dominican Republic.
The first four hitters were all from the Dominican Republic: shortstop Jose Reyes, outfielders Melky Cabrera and Jose Bautista and first baseman Edwin Encarnacion.
Juan Francisco served as the designated hitter, batting sixth, and outfielder Moises Sierra batted seventh.
Esmil Rogers, the seventh Dominican player on Toronto’s 25-man roster, struck out the side in the ninth as the Blue Jay beat the Red Sox 7-1.
Gibbons joked the lineup might get him some extra recognition.
“It might get me a job in winter ball,” he laughed.
• The Detroit Tigers put pitcher Anibal Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list because of a blister problem. The Tigers recalled right-hander Justin Miller from Class AAA Toledo.
• The Baltimore Orioles put first baseman Chris Davis on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. The move is retroactive to Saturday. Baltimore did not make a move to fill the roster spot.
• Outfielder Bryce Harper was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Washington Nationals with a sprained left thumb. The move is retroactive to Saturday.
• The Los Angeles Angels called up right-hander Mike Morin from Class AAA Salt Lake, hoping he can help shore up a shaky bullpen, and optioned outfielder Brennan Boesch to Salt Lake.