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MLB 2022 | Cuban Players News

Daily Major League Baseball (MLB) Cuban Players News for the 2022 season. A compendium from several MLB sources.

Apr 15, 2022

Cionel Pérez dealt with Anthony Rizzo with ease.

Cionel Pérez, the lefty Cuban reliever that found new home in the rebuilding environment of Baltimore, came on relief on Friday night against Anthony Rizzo in the top of the 10th inning, and dealt with the situation with ease. Pérez ended up stranding a runner on second and using only three pitches to struck out Rizzo, who was seen defenseless against Cionel' slider. Cionel is showing with the Orioles what he is capable off, after a tremendous Spring Training where he pitched six scoreless innings with three hits allowed and a 7:2 K/BB ratio.

Gurriel Jr. had first multi-hits game of the season.

Gurriel Jr. had his first multi-hits game of the season on Friday night against the A's. Gurriel went 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI on Toronto's 4-1 victory against the A's. The Cuban outfielder lifted his batting average to .241 for the year, and will face RHP Paul Blackburn - 4 RBIs vs. Blackburn - on Saturday afternoon at Rogers Centre in Toronto.

Yandy Díaz went 1-for-4 and Randy Arozarena was hitless Friday against the White Sox.

Ji-Man Choi and Yandy Diaz doubled in runs off reliever Aaron Bummer in Tampa Bay’s third straight loss. The Rays have dropped four of five after starting the season 3-0. Díaz went 1-for-4 with his first RBI of the year. Meanwhile, Randy Arozarena went 0-for-4 with 3 strikeouts against Chicago. Arozarena is hitting just .167 for the year.

Yuli Gurriel looked better in Houston 11-1 defeat against the Mariners.

Yuli Gurriel had his third double of the season and overall went 2-for-4 on Saturday night againt the Mariners, in a crushing 11-1 defeat. The 2021 AL batting champion scored Houston's only run of the game in the top of the seventh, and saw his batting average rise to .250 for the year.

Adolis García and Andy Ibáñez saw action against the Angels.

While Adolis García went hitless - 0-for-4 - in Texas' 9-6 defeat against the Angels on Friday night, Andy Ibáñez played third base and went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Ibáñez is now hitting .231 for the season and has been able to put hits in five of the seven games he has played this year.

Yadiel Hernández had another single on Friday night.

Yadiel Hernández recorded his fifth consecutive game with a hit, after going 1-for-3 with a run on Friday night as the Nationals beat the Pirates 7-2. Hernández was also walked in the game and now the Cuban outfielder is hitting .400 (8-20) with 3 RBIs for the season. Hernández is in a hitting streak of five games and will face RHP Bryse Wilson - 1-for-3 against him - on Saturday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.

Robert, Abreu, and Grandal had a hitless night.

The Cuban trio had a night to forget, going 0-for-11 with two strikeouts and leaving four men on bases. While Roberts already have 2 homers, 3 RBIs, and is hitting .250 after the first week of the season, Abreu - a traditional slow start player - and Grandal are still trying to find their swings.

Raisel Iglesias gave up one hit and fanned two in a scoreless bottom of the ninth on Friday.

After allowing a leadoff single to Corey Seager to begin the bottom of the ninth, he struck out two batters in a row and got Nathaniel Lowe to fly out to left field to end the game. The 32-year-old veteran is one of the safest closing options in fantasy.

Vladimir Gutierrez allowed three runs on five hits and three walks with three strikeouts over four innings in a loss against the Dodgers on Friday.

After a clean first inning, Gutierrez allowed a double and a walk to start the second. Chris Taylor would bring the first run in for the Dodgers with a two-out base hit. Trea Turner would triple to drive in a run in the third. Gavin Lux led off the fifth with a triple before Gutierrez loaded the bases with a hit batter and a walk. Jeff Hoffman would take over on the mound and allowed an inherited runner to score. The 26-year-old right-hander will get a matchup against the Cardinals in Cincinnati his next time out.

Aroldis Chapman walked the second batter he faced in the 11th inning to score the winning run in the Yankees' 2-1 loss to the Orioles on Friday.

Chapman inherited a bases-loaded situation with one out in the 11th. He came out throwing oddly soft for him -- his fastball was merely in the mid-90s -- but that could have been a combination of him needing to throw strikes and him having worked the previous night. He struck out Cedric Mullins anyway, but he then walked Ramon Urias to end the game, with Urias getting the benefit of the doubt on a couple of close pitches. We're not particularly concerned about Chapman at the moment, but that will change if his velocity fails to bounce back next time out. He probably won't be used Saturday, which could result in a save chance for Chad Green or Jonathan Loaisiga.

Astros placed DH/OF Yordan Alvarez on the COVID-19 injured list.

Alvarez was set to miss his third straight game on Friday due to illness, so the team decided to place him on the injured list for health and safety protocols, giving them the ability to add Joe Perez to the roster. Once Alvarez is feeling better, he'll be able to be activated immediately and return to the Astros lineup.



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