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MLB 2024 | Luis Robert's fifth HR of the year; Blanco's second steal; Yordan's first triple; Cano's 16th hold

Cuban Players News for the 2024 Major League Baseball season. A compilation of several sources


Luis Robert belts homer in loss.

Robert went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run and a walk Monday in a loss to the Mariners. Robert broke a scoreless tie in the sixth inning with a two-run blast to left field. It was his third homer in six games since returning June 4 from a nearly two-month absence due to a hip injury. Robert has only one hit aside from the trio of long balls since his return, and he's batting just .167 (4-for-24) during that span.


Dairon Blanco adds steal Monday.

Blanco went 1-for-3 with a stolen base and a run scored in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Yankees. Blanco got the start in left field but moved over to right when Hunter Renfroe left the game with a broken toe. With Renfroe likely for the injured list, Blanco could get first dibs on a starting role moving forward, though it's also possible the Royals call up Drew Waters from Triple-A Omaha since there is a chance for steady playing time. Blanco has done well in limited action this season with a .259/.323/.362 slash line and 14 steals over 66 plate appearances as a fourth outfielder. However, he's gone just 3-for-17 over his last 11 contests and would likely struggle to hit consistently in an everyday role.


Second hold for Adrián Morejón.

Padres' 6-1 victory over the A's featured Morejón's action. He recorded two outs with a walk in the seventh inning before being replaced. He recorded two strikeouts, raising his total to 32. As a result, he was able to obtain his second hold of 2024. It is an excellent campaign for Morejón, as he has a 1-1 record in 18 games, a 2.08 ERA, and a 32/7 SO/BB ratio.  


Yordan Alvarez with his first triple of 2024, Abreu hitless.

In Houston's 4-3 loss to San Francisco in 10 innings, Yordan Alvarez hit his first triple of 2024. It was Alvarez's only hit in the game, as he went 1-for-5 with a run scored and a strikeout. It has been another excellent season for Yordan, who has gone .356/.424/.678 in his last 15 games, with four home runs, 11 RBIs, and 11 runs scored. As for José Abreu, he was unable to maintain his pace as he went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in a continuation of a disastrous season. In 2024, he has an anemic slash line of .127/.171/.200 with 2 home runs and 7 RBIs. He hasn't been downgraded again since most of his offense has come in his last 15 games, where he has two home runs and six RBIs despite a terrible .188/.204/.333 offensive line.


Yariel Rodríguez will have next rehab start today.

Rodríguez is scheduled to make another rehab start today with Triple-A Buffalo, reported. Rodríguez is closing in on a return from the 15-day injured list after the Blue Jays deactivated him April 30 due to thoracic spine inflammation. The Blue Jays appear to be prepping for Rodríguez to take on a starting role upon his return from the IL -- or are at least keeping him available as a rotation option -- as notes that the organization wants him to push his pitch count up to 75 before he's activated. In his most recent rehab start with Buffalo last Wednesday, Rodríguez tossed 43 pitches over three shutout innings, then tossed 15 more pitches in a bullpen session immediately upon leaving the game. If he's able to add around 15 more pitches to his workload Tuesday, Rodríguez could get the green light to rejoin the big club as soon as the upcoming weekend. Should the Blue Jays choose to include Rodríguez in their rotation, he would likely unseat Bowden Francis as the No. 5 starter, though even in that scenario, Toronto could deploy the two pitchers as a piggyback tandem like it did earlier in the season.


A strong hold by Yennier Cano.

In Monday's 5-2 win over Tampa, Cano picked up his 16th hold. The 8th inning saw him strike out two. In addition, he walked one batter. The 30-year-old was called upon to protect a three-run lead Monday and besides his walk he was dominant, getting Yandy Díaz to strike out in five pitches, then retiring Randy Arozarena in a groundball to second in also five pitches, and after walking Brandon Lowe, he struck out Isaac Paredes in 6 pitches to end the inning. In his last seven games, Cano has not surrendered a run, completing 7 scoreless innings with 4 walks, only two hits, and 8 strikeouts. In the year the right-hander has, however, converted two of his five save opportunities.


Oscar Colás did not start Monday.

Colás did not start for the White Sox's series opener against the Mariners on Monday. Colás began Monday's game in the dugout after starting in each of the last three games. He went 3-for-11 with two RBI in the four-game series against the Red Sox. He entered the game as a pinch hitter and went 1-for-1.



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