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  • MLB 2024 | Arozarena with two-run homer; Chapman perfect for 325th career save; Grandal delivers clutch double; Cortes was hit hard

    Cuban Players News for the 2024 Major League Baseball season. A compilation of several sources Randy Arozarena went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run against the Yankees on Thursday. The home run was Arozarena’s 12th of the season. He’s 24-for-81 (.296) with four home runs, 10 RBI and five stolen bases in his last 23 games. Arozarena is hitting just .203 with a .679 OPS on the season, but he’s certainly heading into the All-Star break on a positive note. Aroldis Chapman fired a scoreless inning to get a save against the Brewers on Thursday. Chapman didn’t allow a hit and picked up a strikeout to pick up the save and secure a victory for Paul Skenes after Skenes threw seven no-hit innings with 11 strikeouts prior to exiting. It was Chapman 325th career save, passing Huston Street for 20th in the all-time list. Chapman has consistently seen ninth-inning work since David Bednar got injured June 22, but Chapman's allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits and six walks across 7.2 innings with three saves in four opportunities during that stretch. Yandy Diaz went 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored against the Yankees on Thursday. Yandy Diaz lead the game off for Tampa Bay with a double that was scorched and may or may not have hit the catwalk at Tropicana Field. He came around to score on Randy Arozarena’s home run. Diaz also lead off the third inning with a double and scored on an RBI single by Brandon Lowe. Diaz is hitting .272 with a .724 OPS on the season. Jorge Soler was back in the Giants’ starting lineup on Thursday. Soler missed two days with an illness but was back in the lineup as the lead-off hitter and designated hitter. He went 1-for-4 in the game leaving his BA at .224 for the year, with 10 HRs and 32 RBIs. Yasmani Grandal delivered clutch double. Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-4 with an RBI double during Thursday's 1-0 win over the Brewers. Grandal broke the stalemate in the seventh inning, tagging Aaron Civale for a one-out double to score Jack Suwinski from first base. Grandal started Thursday's contest behind the dish after yielding to Joey Bart in each of the Pirates' previous three games. In 132 plate appearances, Grandal is slashing .184/.214/.304 with 22 strikeouts and only five walks. Nestor Cortes allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings and took the loss against the Rays on Thursday. Cortes gave up seven hits, walked two and struck out four. Cortes had posted a quality start in four of his last five games, but was hit hard in this one. Randy Arozarena hit a home run in his first at-bat, but Yandy Diaz and Jose Siri both hit doubles with at least 100 mph exit velocity that easily could’ve been home runs as well. Cortes’ ERA is up to 3.67 on the year. Yordan Alvarez was absent from the lineup for Thursday’s showdown against the Marlins. No real surprise here as the Astros aren’t going to take any chances with their middle-of-the-order lynchpin with the All-Star break in a few days. The 27-year-old superstar made an early exit from Wednesday’s contest due to right hip tightness. It doesn’t sound like he’ll wind up requiring a trip to the injured list, but he might not play a ton over the next few days. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. dealing with soreness. Gurriel was out of the lineup Thursday to manage "bumps and bruises", Alex Weiner of ArizonaSports.com reported. Gurriel was on the bench Thursday after going 2-for-11 with a walk in the first three games of the series against Atlanta. He was available as a pinch hitter and there was no indication that he's dealing with anything serious. He should be back in the lineup Friday, but that will be worth confirming before Arizona kicks off a series with Toronto at 9:40 pm ET.

  • MLB 2024 | Adolis with his 17th home run; Arozarena continues to show progress; Zulueta has been sent down to AAA; Vargas remains without a hit once more

    Cuban Players News for the 2024 Major League Baseball season. A compilation of several sources Adolis García delivered the winning run. Adolis García hit a solo home run in Tuesday's 5-4 victory over the Rangers, finishing 1-for-4 in the game. After taking a break for mental rest on Sunday, García came back strong on Tuesday by delivering the decisive hit with his eighth-inning homer. Despite a slow start in July, going 4-for-27 (.148), he managed to hit three extra-base hits. His current season stats stand at a .215/.279/.417 slash line with 17 home runs, 45 RBIs, 47 runs, and seven stolen bases in 87 games. On Tuesday, Randy Arozarena recorded a double, a walk, a run scored, and a stolen base, going 1-for-3 in the game against the Yankees. Randy Arozarena has faced notable challenges for extended periods this season, holding a .202 average and a .674 OPS over 359 plate appearances. Yet, starting from June 1, he has shown improvement by batting .286 with a .868 OPS in 32 games. Moreover, Arozarena's enhanced on-base skills have led to an increase in stolen bases, with him successfully stealing five bags in six attempts in his recent 17 games. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. got a hit on Tuesday. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 1-for-3 against the Braves on Tuesday. In his last 10 games Gurriel Jr. has a slugging percentage of .581 and three home runs. He is set to face RHP Charlie Morton on Wednesday. Overall, Gurriel is hitting .269 with 15 doubles, a triple, 13 home runs and 14 walks, and will look to extend his seven-game hitting streak. He's batting .286 with one homer over the course of those seven games. Yordan Alvarez returned to action on Tuesday. Yordan Alvarez, the Houston Astros outfielder and designated hitter, returned to the lineup on Tuesday against the Miami Marlins and pitcher Trevor Rogers. Alvarez, who had left Saturday's game prematurely due to a pitch hitting his right knee, took on the role of designated hitter and batted third. Despite not playing on Sunday, the 27-year-old All-Star showed a quick recovery following a rest day on Monday. In the game on Tuesday, he went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. On Tuesday, Luis Robert Jr. made a comeback to the White Sox's lineup. The White Sox had Luis Robert Jr. in the starting lineup on Tuesday, but the game was halted because of rain. Luis Robert has a batting average of .224 this season, along with 10 home runs, 19 RBI, and seven stolen bases. Jorge Soler was scratched from lineup. According to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area, Jorge Soler was removed from the Giants' lineup for Tuesday's game against Toronto because of an illness. Although Soler was an option from the bench, he refrained from participating in the game. The experienced hitter has a batting average of .224 (64-for-286) with 10 home runs, 32 RBIs, and 45 runs scored in his debut season with the Giants. Yosver Zulueta optioned to Triple-A. The Reds have optioned Yosver Zulueta to Triple-A Louisville. Zulueta will head back to the minors in a corresponding move for Nick Lodolo returning from the injured list. He will remain a depth option for the Reds in Louisville. Miguel Vargas went hitless Tuesday. Miguel Vargas went 0-for-4 with a strikeout on Tuesday's 10-1 loss to the Phillies. The 24-year-old has been productive when given the opportunity this season, slashing .294/.351/.549 with three homers, four doubles, nine RBI, 10 runs and a stolen base over 57 plate appearances. Nevertheless, despite hitting a crucial home run in the eighth inning to put Los Angeles ahead 4-3 against the Brewers on Saturday, he has struggled since then, going 0-for-8 with three strikeouts. Vargas has not been a regular starter, having only been in the lineup for three games out of Los Angeles' last 10 matches.

  • MLB 2024 | Gurriel Jr. with another RBI; Iglesias secured his first win; Zulueta called up to the Majors; J. P. Martínez DFA by the Braves

    Cuban Players News for the 2024 Major League Baseball season. A compilation of several sources Lourdes Gurriel Jr. drives in a run and steals a base. In Monday's extra-innings defeat against Atlanta, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. contributed by going 1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base. His RBI came from a sacrifice fly, and he successfully stole his fourth base of the season. With a total of 55 RBIs this season, he ranks second on the team behind Christian Walker (65). Gurriel has been in excellent form recently, hitting .352 (25-for-71) with an impressive .952 OPS in the past three weeks. During the last 17 games, he has recorded eight extra-base hits, 13 RBIs, and 10 runs. Raisel Iglesias secured his first win of the 2024 season. In the Braves' 5-4 extra-inning victory against the D-backs, Iglesias delivered two innings without allowing any hits. Despite giving up an unearned run in the 10th inning, the Braves secured another run in the 11th inning, granting Iglesias his first win of the season. Throughout his two innings of pitching, Iglesias either issued walks or struck out the batters he encountered. Adolis García was moved down to fifth in the Texas lineup on Monday after being benched on Sunday. It was long overdue. Adolis had a .280 OBP overall and had been struggling, hitting just .163/.255/.296 in his last 37 games since May 24. On Monday, he went 1-for-5 with a run scored and three strikeouts. This year, Adolis has faced significant challenges with breaking pitches, as evidenced by his two highest K% rates on the curveball (50.0), the split-finger (44.4), and the sweeper (37.5), two of which are much higher than those shown in 2023, curveball (22.2), and sweeper (25.6). Yosver Zulueta called up to the major leagues. Zulueta has been brought back to the Reds from Triple-A Louisville on Monday. In his first major league appearance with the Reds last month, Zulueta allowed one run and struck out four batters in a three-inning relief outing before being returned to Louisville. The 26-year-old will now serve as a middle reliever during his current time in the major leagues. Luis Robert Jr. was given the day off on Monday. He was absent from the starting lineup in Monday's match against the Twins. Despite starting in the White Sox's last 12 games, there was no indication of any injury following Sunday's 7-4 defeat to the Marlins. Therefore, he was simply resting on Monday. Robert later joined the game and had a performance of 0-for-2 with a walk, a run scored, and a strikeout. The Braves have designated outfielder J.P. Martínez for assignment. Julio Pablo Martínez is being removed from the 40-man roster to accommodate outfielder Eddie Rosario, who has been called up from Triple-A Gwinnett for Monday's game against Arizona. Despite an impressive season in the minors for the Rangers last year, where he recorded a .963 OPS in 82 games, the 28-year-old Martinez struggled to maintain that form in Triple-A with the Braves this season, batting .244/.335/.360 in 60 games. If he passes through waivers unclaimed, he will be able to explore free agency.

  • MLB 2024 | Chapman gave up the lead; Oviedo has begun throwing at 90 feet; Cano locks down hold No. 23; Pagés and Vargas went hitless

    Cuban Players News for the 2024 Major League Baseball season. A compilation of several sources Aroldis Chapman walked three batters, allowed two hits and two earned runs in a disastrous ninth inning on Sunday against the Mets. He also struck out two batters. The Mets took some tremendous at bats against Chapman in this ninth inning. Francisco Alvarez walked on eight pitches. Harrison Bader laced a single after seven pitches. Then Jose Iglesias walked after eight pitches and multiple foul balls to load the bases for Francisco Lindor who promptly hit a go-ahead single. All in all, Chapman threw 40 pitches! That’s the most he’s thrown in a single inning since 2015 and he’s been shaky all season. Johan Oviedo is already throwing from 90 feet. Johan Oviedo increased his throwing distance to 90 feet to begin July, MLB.com reports. Oviedo is progressing in his return from Tommy John surgery and recently increased his throwing distance from 75 feet. He is expected to be ready to begin the 2025 season. Jorge Soler did not get any hits. In the Giants' 5-4 defeat to the Guardians, Jorge Soler, who was the designated hitter and leadoff for the team, went 0-for-3 with a walk. This marked his second hitless game out of 6 in July, following a strong June where he batted .284 with 3 home runs, 21 runs scored, 15 RBIs, and 11 walks. However, his performance in July has been less impressive, with just a .160 batting average, .250 on-base percentage, and .360 slugging percentage, along with one home run and one RBI. Yandy Díaz and Randy Arozarena combined for one hit during Sunday's game. In a lopsided 13-2 defeat against the Rangers, Yandy Díaz went 1-for-4 with a strikeout, while Randy Arozarena went 0-for-3. Yandy has bounced back offensively, improving his early-season results, while Arozarena continues to struggle. After a strong June where Arozarena posted a slash line of .291/.424/.468 with 3 home runs and 9 RBIs, he has started July hitting .261/.246/.391 with 6 hits in 6 games, including a multi-hit game. Yennier Cano locks down hold No. 23. Yennier Cano picked up his twenty third hold of the season in a 6-3 win over the A's on Sunday after pitching a scoreless eighth inning. He struck out two in the outing. The 30-year-old issued a walk and needed 21 pitches - 11 strikes - to complete his outing. He now sits at a 2.89 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 38:18 K:BB over 37.1 innings. Andy Pagés and Miguel Vargas went hitless. Pagés and Vargas both went hitless in a 9-2 defeat against the Brewers on Sunday, going a combined 0-for-8. In the game, each player went 0-for-4, with Vargas striking out twice. These promising young players are vying for a permanent spot in the potent Dodgers lineup, but they continue to face challenges at the plate, especially Vargas in terms of securing playing time. Adolis García was not in the starting lineup for Sunday’s bout against the Rays. Adolis took a seat to begin Sunday’s game as he continues to struggle with a .215/.280/.413 slash, and he’s gone hitless in his last 10 at-bats over three games. Adolis' season-long struggles have continued into July so far, as he's gone 2-for-18 (.111) with two doubles, two walks, seven strikeouts and a stolen base in five games, including going hitless in each of his last three games. The 31-year-old Cuban slugger does have 16 home runs and 44 RBI in 85 games in 2024, so the power hasn't gone away, but he's hitting just .215 (68-for-317) with a .280 on-base percentage and .694 OPS after making his second All-Star team and leading the Rangers to their first-ever World Series championship last year. Yordan Alvarez was not in the starting lineup for Sunday’s game against the Twins due to a right knee contusion. Yordan Alvarez was pulled from the loss to Minnesota on Saturday after he was plunked in the knee. The 27-year-old slugger started Sunday’s game on the bench as a precaution with Mauricio Dubon in left field and Yainer Diaz the designated hitter. Yordan should be considered day-to-day. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Padres. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. hit the bench after making 12 straight starts. He posted a .320/.333/.600 slash line with seven extra-base hits and 11 RBI during that span. Yariel Rodríguez held the Mariners to one hit in six scoreless innings to get hit first MLB win Saturday in the Blue Jays’ 5-4 victory. Yariel Rodríguez struck out six and walked two in a very impressive outing for the 27-year-old. He’s basically dominated the top two teams in the AL West in his last two starts while allowing just one run over his 12 2/3 innings to lower his ERA to 3.77. Rodríguez has certainly dealt with some command issues at times, but there’ve been enough quality outings to suggest he can be a helper over the final two-plus months of the season.

  • MLB 2024 | Iglesias locks down 21st save; Lourdes with homer and three RBIs in win; Yordan homers in third straight game; Chapman gets first win of the season

    Cuban Players News for the 2024 Major League Baseball season. A compilation of several sources Raisel Iglesias allowed a hit and struck out a batter on Wednesday to nail down the save against the Giants. Iglesias allowed a hit and struck out one over one scoreless inning to earn the save in Wednesday's 3-1 win over the Giants. Iglesias' last two outings were in non-save situations. He's on a five-inning scoreless streak and has given up just two runs across 10.1 innings since the start of June. For the season, the closer has a 2.27 ERA, 0.88 WHIP and 28:7 K:BB through 31.2 innings while converting 21 of 23 save opportunities. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 2-for-5 with a three-run homer and two runs scored against the Dodgers on Wednesday. Gurriel Jr. put the Diamondbacks on the board with a sacrifice fly in the first inning to bring home the first run. He later slugged a two-run homer in the sixth to extend the lead. Gurriel Jr. then doubled in the eighth and scored on a double by Eugenio Suárez. The outfielder continued to hit in July after a highly productive June. Since June 1, Gurriel is 35-for-105 (.333) with six home runs, 20 RBI and eight additional runs scored over 28 games. Gurriel Jr. is hitting .268/.301/.430 with 12 homers and 51 RBI across 339 plate appearances. Yordan Alvarez went 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, three RBI, three runs scored, and a walk in the Astros’ 9-2 win over the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Alvarez went 3-for-4 with a home run, two doubles, a walk, three runs and three RBI in a 9-2 victory versus the Blue Jays on Wednesday. Alvarez was a constant thorn in Toronto's side in the contest. He plated Houston's first run with a third-inning double, added a tiebreaking solo shot in the sixth inning and produced another RBI with a double in the eighth. Alvarez has gone deep in each of his past three contests, batting .545 (6-for-11) with three long balls, eight RBI and six runs over that span. After an uncharacteristic slow start to the season, Alvarez is now on pace to have career numbers across the board along with a career-high in games played. If he continues this domination with the bat he could easily finish in the top 3 for AL MVP once again this season. Jorge Soler went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored on Wednesday against the Braves. Soler seems to enjoy hitting lead-off. He’s hit safely in five straight games with six extra-base hits over that span since being put back atop the order. He’s very slowly gotten his feet wet after a miserable start to the season and we know how hot he can get once he finds his groove. Aroldis Chapman struck out three and allowed one run (zero earned) over two innings on Wednesday against the Cardinals to pick up his first win of the season. Chapman hurled a scoreless ninth inning to send the contest to extra innings before allowing the ghost runner to cross the plate in the ensuing frame. Fortunately, the Pirates wound up rallying for a walk-off victory in the bottom of the 10th inning. The 36-year-old southpaw has done a nice job filling in for injured stopper David Bednar recently and figures to continue closing for Pittsburgh through the Midsummer Classic. Yasmani Grandal took seat Wednesday. Grandal was out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cardinals. Grandal has logged merely three hits in his last 23 at-bats with two RBI and no runs. Yanquiel Fernández notches four hits, homer for AA Hartford. Colorado Rockies outfield prospect Yanquiel Fernández was 4-for-5 with a home run for Double-A Hartford on Wednesday. The 21-year-old is off to an 8-for-15 start in three July games with two homers and five RBI. The Rockies No. 4 prospect is hitting .284 with eight homers and 42 RBI in an impressive season so far in Double-A. Fernández has 60-grade power and profiles as a plus-contributor in the power categories. The Cuban is a name to monitor as he continues to progress through the Rockies' minor league system. Eventually hitting at Coors Field would be a nice setup for Fernández but that could be a year or two away.

  • MLB 2024 | Yordan smashes his 18th home run; Soler homers in victory; Luis Robert notches his 10th homer; Cano and Cionel secure holds; Alemdys was DFA by Oakland

    Cuban Players News for the 2024 Major League Baseball season. A compilation of several sources Yordan Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in a loss to the Blue Jays on Tuesday. Alvarez has homered in back-to-back games to open up July, bringing his season total to 18. The 27-year-old featured in the Astros' five-run fifth inning, plating César Salazar and José Altuve on a three-run shot off José Berrios with two outs. Alvarez is 10-for-25 (.400) with eight runs, five walks and one strikeout across his last seven games. Jorge Soler went 1-for-5 with a home run in Tuesday’s win over the Braves. Soler hit his 10th homer of the season on Tuesday night when he hit a 407-foot shot off Reynaldo López to give the Giants their first run of the game. Soler has now hit in three straight games and has driven in three RBI over that span while tallying five extra-base hits. The recent power surge is an encouraging sign for the veteran DH, who entered the day slashing .230/.311/.398. Luis Robert Jr. went 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBI, and a stolen base in a loss to the Guardians on Tuesday. Robert drove in two runs on a 363-foot home run in the sixth inning and then knocked in two more on a game-tying single in the seventh. The outfielder has tallied seven hits and three home runs during a modest five-game hit streak and has hit safely in eight of his past ten contests. On the season, he is hitting a disappointing .215 but does have 10 home runs and four steals over 133 plate appearances. On the other hand, he also didn’t even attempt to throw out the winning run at home on a routine fly ball to center field in the ninth inning, so it’s fair to wonder how motivated he might be on a White Sox team going nowhere with rumors of trades swirling. Perhaps the best thing for all is if Robert Jr. gets traded at the deadline. Athletics designated INF Aledmys Díaz for assignment. Aledmys has been discarded from Oakland’s roster to make room for younger players to come up and get an opportunity moving forward. Aledmys has gone just 3-for-29 in 12 games with the A's this season, and his poor performance has now officially caused him to lose his 40-man roster spot. The 33-year-old owns just a .621 OPS over 32 plate appearances in the minors this season, making it likely he passes through waivers unclaimed. The veteran infielder signed a two-year, $14.5 million deal prior to last year and finishes his tenure in Oakland with a disastrous .585 OPS with four homers and one steal in 374 plate appearances over 121 games. Yennier Cano and Cionel Pérez secured holds in Orioles' win on Tuesday. Yennier Cano and Cionel Pérez secured their 21st and 11th holds, respectively, in a crucial 2-0 victory over the Mariners. As a result of the Yankees' loss to the Reds, the Orioles remain alone in first place in the American League East. Cano took over from starting pitcher Grayson Rodríguez in the seventh inning, finishing the remaining two outs flawlessly with a strikeout in just 8 pitches, 5 of which were strikes. His performance lowered his ERA to 3.06 for the season, maintaining a no solid 35:17 SO:BB ratio. On the other hand, Cionel completed a perfect eighth inning, without any strikeouts but needing 11 pitches to preserve the 2-0 lead. It was Cionel's 11th hold, lowering his ERA to 3.96.

  • MLB 2024 | Yariel with his best outing of the season; Yordan hit his 17th homer; Iglesias also homered in win; Yanquiel's progress in the Minor Leagues is ongoing

    Cuban Players News for the 2024 Major League Baseball season. A compilation of several sources Yariel Rodríguez limited the Astros to one run and two hits over 6 2/3 innings in a tough loss Monday. Yariel Rodríguez (0-3) took the loss Monday versus Houston, allowing one run on two hits and two walks over 6.2 innings. He struck out six. The 27-year-old rookie pocketed his first career quality start in his longest outing of the season. Yariel generated 13 whiffs out of his 83 pitches to produce six punchouts. The Toronto right-hander's ERA now stands at 4.63 across 23.1 innings with 23:13 K:BB. With this performance, Yariel is likely to draw another start over Bowden Francis. He currently lines up to make his next appearance against Seattle on the road this weekend. Yordan Alvarez hits his 17th home run in win. Yordan Alvarez went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in Monday's 3-1 victory over the Blue Jays. The Houston designated hitter provided two insurance runs by launching a 397-foot homer off Zach Pop in the ninth inning to extend the Astros' lead to 3-0. Alvarez has opened July nicely on the tails of a scorching June in which he hit .349 (30-for-86) with seven homers, 19 RBI and 20 runs scored. The 27-year-old's been the heart and soul of the Houston lineup this season, as expected, slashing .294/.372/.528 in 352 total plate appearances. José Iglesias homered in 6-run 10th inning. In a six-run 10th inning, José Iglesias hit a home run, helping the New York Mets secure a 9-7 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday night. The win spoiled the major league debut of highly anticipated outfield prospect James Wood. Iglesias went 1-for-5 with two RBIs and one run scored. During his last 11 games, Iglesias has batted 8-for-22, with plate appearances in only eight of those matches. In 48 plate appearances this season, he has a batting average of .400, along with nine RBI, seven runs, one stolen base, and four doubles. Iglesias is primarily competing for playing time at second base, where he is currently part of a platoon with Jeff McNeil. McNeil, who has been hitting .221 for the season and .211 in June, is currently receiving more playing time than Iglesias. Yanquiel Fernández continues to showcase his strength in the Minor Leagues. Colorado Rockies outfield prospect Yanquiel Fernández continued his strong season by going 2-for-5 with a pair of runs and a two-run home run on Monday. Fernández, 21, is the 67th ranked prospect per MLB Pipeline rankings and he has backed that up by hitting .269 with seven home runs and 39 RBI over 219 at-bats this season. Fernández offers tons of raw power from the left side of the plate, but still needs to work on his aggressiveness at the plate. The outfielder's power is likely to translate in a big way at Coors Field when he eventually makes his big-league debut, which could come as soon as 2025.

  • MLB 2024 | Arozarena tallies 11th homer; The third save for Chapman; Blanco's 17th steal; Yariel starts against the Astros today; Daybel demoted again

    Cuban Players News for the 2024 Major League Baseball season. A compilation of several sources Randy Arozarena went 2-for-4 with a solo home run on Sunday against the Nationals. Arozarena went deep in the seventh inning to record his 11th homer of the season and third of June. The performance wrapped up a solid month, as he hit .291 with nine RBI, 10 runs scored and three stolen bases in 25 games. Arozarena is still hitting just .196 for the season, though there should be optimism his performance will improve across the second half of the campaign. He has a hit in 12 of his last 14 games and on Sunday became the fifth player this season to hit four balls at least 105 MPH in the same game joining Yordan Alvarez, Juan Soto, Ketel Marte, and Gunnar Henderson. The prolonged cold spell to start his season was scary, but it looks like Arozarena has finally found his way out of it. Aroldis Chapman allowed a run but still picked up a save Sunday against Atlanta. Chapman gave up a run on two hits in the ninth inning but still managed to pick up his third save Sunday against Atlanta. Chapman came in with a three-run lead in the ninth and worked in and out of trouble to grab his second save in his last four appearances. He gave up a sacrifice fly to Orlando Arcia, but it still left Atlanta down 4-2. It didn’t change the outcome of the game, but it did hurt his ERA, which climbed to 3.90. The veteran has taken over the Pirates' ninth-inning role since losing closer David Bednar to an oblique injury June 19th. There is still no timetable for Bednar's return, so Chapman is likely looking at a few more save opportunities in the meantime. The veteran Chapman has no wins, a 3.90 ERA, a 1.60 WHIP, and 49 strikeouts in 30 innings. Dairon Blanco swipes bag in win. Blanco went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Guardians. Blanco started for the first time since June 23, playing in place of MJ Melendez in left field against lefty Logan Allen. While he's not getting many at-bats, Blanco's speed remains top notch -- he logged six steals while going 4-for-23 over 14 contests in June. The outfielder has a .237/.289/.316 slash line with 17 thefts, one home run, four RBI, 20 runs scored and three doubles across 84 plate appearances in a reserve role this year. Yandy Díaz with a hit in Sunday's win. As Yandy' streak of consecutive hitting games ended last Saturday, he returned on Sunday with a 4-1 performance, in Rays' 4-0 victory over the Nationals. Yandy's only hit was a double off Patrick Corbin, his sixteenth of the season. After a rough start to the season, Yandy appears to be recovering and looking forward to a better second half. His slash line now stands at .271/.327/.387 with 7 HRs and 40 RBIs.  Jorge Soler and Andy Pagés both recorded hits on Sunday, while Miguel Vargas remained hitless. Soler went 2-for-4 in the Giants' 10-4 victory over the Dodgers. He contributed with an RBI, scored two runs, drew a walk, and had a strikeout. The powerful hitter is showing significant offensive improvement after a shaky start in 2024, boasting a slash line of .273/.339/.527 with 2 HRs and 13 RBIs in his last 15 games. In the same matchup, Pagés went 1-for-4 with a strikeout for the Dodgers, while Miguel Vargas came in as a substitute but went 0-for-2 with a strikeout. Yariel Rodríguez starting today. Yariel Rodríguez is scheduled to start today's game against the Astros in Toronto, Matt Kawahara of the Houston Chronicle reported. After returning from the 15-day injured list June 21 and giving up five runs (four earned) over 1.1 innings in a loss to Cleveland that day, Yariel made his next turn through the rotation this past Wednesday in Boston. However, with that game getting paused in the top of the second inning due to severe weather and later postponed, Rodríguez won't get credited with statistics for that game until the contest is resumed Aug. 26 as part of a split doubleheader. As a result, Monday's start against the Astros will officially be Yariel's second since he returned from the IL. Braves optioned RHP Daysbel Hernández to Triple-A Gwinnett. Hernandez was called up June 17, tossing 6.2 scoreless innings while striking out nine batters over six appearances out of Atlanta's bullpen. The right-hander will now head back to Gwinnett, but he'll likely get another shot with the big-league club down the road this season. This likely makes room for A.J. Minter to return Tuesday. Hernández loses his spot despite having allowed just one unearned run in 8 2/3 innings this season.

  • MLB 2024 | Lourdes homered; Yordan with three-hit night; Iglesias sang new OMG song at Citi Field; Yandy Díaz's hitting streak reaches 20 games

    Cuban Players News for the 2024 Major League Baseball season. A compilation of several sources Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI in a loss to the A’s on Friday. Gurriel drove in a run in the first with an RBI single, and he clobbered a solo homer to tie the game at 3-3 in the sixth; both of those hits coming off JP Sears. The veteran outfielder has been inconsistent — something that has followed him for most of his career — but the two-hit night has his slash line up to .267/.301/.422 with 11 homers, 47 RBI, 37 runs scored and three stolen bases over 76 contests this season. Gurriel's .723 OPS is still the lowest mark of his career, but he's been trending in the right direction for most of June after entering the month with a .642 OPS. Yordan Alvarez went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk, and a run scored on Friday against the Mets. Alvarez went 3-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, a run scored and a stolen base in Friday's 7-2 loss to the Mets. The 27-year-old slugger consistently got himself into scoring position, but the rest of the Houston lineup had trouble bringing him around. Since missing a couple games earlier in the month to attend to a personal matter, Alvarez has gone 9-for-27 (.333) in seven contests with three doubles, two homers, four RBI and five runs. Friday's steal was also his career-high fourth of the season -- he came into 2024 with only two in 482 career games. Mets infielder José Iglesias wows fans by performing his song OMG following the team's victory. The tradition of musicians appearing at Mets games and performing songs associated with the team took a unique turn on Friday night when José Iglesias sang his song “OMG” following a 7-2 win over the Houston Astros in front of 32,465 fans at Citi Field. His new teammates immediately took a liking to the 34-year-old Iglesias as well as his song, which is played following every Mets homer at Citi Field and after every win. New York is 17-6 since he joined the team and moved over .500 Friday for the first time since May 2. Iglesias, who is hitting .389 in 36 at-bats and went 0-for-1 in the game, said he would not have performed the song Friday if the Mets lost. Andy Pagés shows speed with triple in Dodgers' loss. Andy Pagés went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in the Dodgers' 5-3 loss to the Giants. Despite the team's defeat, Pagés managed to add a triple to his season tally, showcasing his potential for extra-base hits. This performance could hint at an uptick in his slugging, which has been modest given his .255 average and eight home runs over 63 games. His ability to hit for extra bases, combined with a relatively stable BABIP of .319, suggests that Pagés might still have some untapped potential. Yandy Díaz's hitting streak reaches 20 games. Yandy Díaz extended his hitting streak to 20 games on Friday by hitting a single in the third inning against left-hander Mitchell Parker. It was Díaz's only hit in the game, as he also struck out, but the single not only extended his streak but also set a new record for the team. Díaz is batting .338/.348/.515 with 3 HRs and 11 RBIs in his last 15 games. Luis Robert Jr. with one hit. Luis Robert Jr. went 1-for-4 with a run scored and a strikeout in the White Sox's 5-3 win over the Rockies. Robert still has fans concerned about his alarming .206 batting average and high strikeout rate (0.369). While the power numbers are decent, his overall production has been hampered by a low BABIP (.172), suggesting some bad luck at play. As the season progresses and Luis Robert receives increased playing time, there is a possibility for improvement as he aims to adapt and achieve more consistent contact. However, it is important to be realistic about expectations considering his current statistics. Yasmani Grandal went hitless on Friday. The Pirates lost 6-1 to Braves and Grandal went hitless on a 3-0 night. With only 36 games played this year, Grandal has hit just .176/.211/.269 with two home runs and 15 RBI.

  • MLB 2024 | Luis Robert Jr. hits eighth homer; Adolis with his number 15; Daysbel remains scoreless; Lourdes with another multi-hit game

    Cuban Players News for the 2024 Major League Baseball season. A compilation of several sources Luis Robert went 2-for-3 with a homer in a victory over Atlanta on Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader. Robert went 2-for-3 with a solo home run during Thursday's 1-0 win over Atlanta. Robert's eighth blast of the season came in the first inning off Chris Sale and was the only run to cross the plate on the day. It was just the fourth multi-hit game of the season for Robert, who missed a couple months earlier this season with a hip flexor strain. While Robert has struggled to the tune of a .204 average and 38 strikeouts over 114 plate appearances for the moribund White Sox, his AB/HR ratio of 12.9 is a career-best mark and portends to good things to come for the 26-year-old slugger. Adolis García hit a solo home run and went 1-for-4 in the game against the Orioles on Thursday. Adolis hit his 15th home run of the season. While this may not be Garcia's most outstanding season, he is demonstrating a consistent performance. Despite his .219 batting average, he is projected to achieve approximately 30 home runs, 15 stolen bases, and run totals in the mid-80s. Although Garcia is not replicating his exceptional performance from last year, he is still having a quite successful season. Daysbel Hernández remains scoreless once again. Daysbel pitched a scoreless eighth inning in the Atlanta Braves' 1-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox. He struck out one in an 18-pitch outing, with 12 strikes. This was the right-hander's eighth appearance of the season, solidifying his role as a reliable late-inning reliever for Atlanta. He now has 11 strikeouts in 8 2/3 innings, maintaining his ERA unblemished while lowering his WHIP to 1.04. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had another game with multiple hits. In the D-backs' 13-6 loss to the Twins, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 3-2. Gurriel also drew a walk and scored a run. It marked Gurriel's 25th multihit game of the year, with 11 of them coming in June. In this month, he is batting .337/.356/.530 with 4 HRs and 14 RBIs.

  • MLB 2024 | Yandy extends hitting streak to 19; Gurriel Jr. triples in loss; Chapman and Iglesias Shine; Quero's powerful offense continues in the Minors

    Cuban Players News for the 2024 Major League Baseball season. A compilation of several sources Lourdes Gurriel Jr. went 1-for-3 with a triple and two RBI against the Twins on Wednesday. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. was responsible for driving two out of the three runs for the D-Backs in their 8-3 loss against the Twins. His contributions included a triple in the fourth inning to bring in the first run of the game for Arizona. In the sixth inning, with a runner on third, he added another run with a sacrifice fly. The 30-year-old outfielder has accumulated 10 home runs and 45 RBIs while maintaining a batting average of .260/.293/.409 in 310 plate appearances. Yandy Díaz went 2-for-4 with an RBI on Wednesday in the Rays’ loss to the Mariners. By hitting a single in the first inning against George Kirby, Yandy extended his streak to 19 games and equaled the franchise record in the process. This also marked his eighth consecutive game with an RBI since June 19. He has proven to be an excellent catalyst, accumulating 40 RBIs from the leadoff position this season, making him one of just five players to achieve this milestone so far. The 32-year-old player, known for getting on base consistently, has been on fire in recent weeks, boasting a batting average of .353 (24-for-68) with three home runs and 11 RBIs in his last 15 games. Aroldis Chapman pitched a flawless ninth inning. Chapman had a strong performance in the ninth inning against the Reds on Wednesday, striking out two batters and keeping them from getting on base. He came into the game with a five-run lead, making it his first appearance since Saturday. Despite a rough start to the season, Chapman has shown consistency in his recent outings, particularly in June when he only allowed two earned runs in 8.2 innings while maintaining a solid 13:4 strikeout-to-walk ratio. With David Bednar out, Chapman is expected to handle most of Pittsburgh's save opportunities. Yariel Rodríguez pitched in suspended game. Yariel Rodríguez started the game against the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday but could only complete one inning due to the game being suspended in Boston due to rain. Yariel threw the first inning with 15 pitches, 8 of them strikes, delivering a scoreless inning with one walk. Yariel's highly anticipated debut in the Major Leagues has not gone as expected, as the Camagüey native holds a disappointing record of 0-2 with disastrous averages of a 5.94 ERA and 1.92 WHIP. Yordan Alvarez recorded one hit on Wednesday. In a 7-1 victory against the Rockies, Yordan Alvarez went 3-for-1. Yordan's sole hit was a double, his 17th of the year, before being replaced late in the game by Chas McCormick. Alvarez has had another strong start to the season with 16 HRs and 41 RBIs in 77 games, slashing .288/.360/.515 in 333 plate appearances. Raisel Iglesias pitches a scoreless inning. In a non-save situation, Raisel Iglesias completed an inning without allowing any runs in the Braves' 6-2 victory over the Cardinals in the first game of a doubleheader. Iglesias came in to protect a four-run lead and needed 17 pitches, 13 of which were strikes, to secure Atlanta's win. It was a perfect ninth inning where he struck out two batters, marking his eighth scoreless outing of the month out of nine. Miguel Vargas out of lineup Wednesday. Miguel Vargas did not feature in the Dodgers' lineup on Wednesday against the White Sox, following two consecutive starts. Despite reaching base twice with a hit and a walk in Tuesday's victory, Vargas finds himself back on the bench, as Teoscar Hernández takes over in left field for the Dodgers. Yasmani Grandal got the day off. Grandal was out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds. Grandal got a breather for the day game Wednesday after he started behind the dish in each of the Pirates' last three contests. Edgar Quero is still showcasing his powerful hitting in Double-A Birmingham. Edgar Quero, a promising catcher prospect for the Chicago White Sox, hit a solo home run while going 1-for-4 in Double-A Birmingham on Wednesday. Ranked as the White Sox' No. 4 prospect, Quero has been on fire this month, boasting a .381 batting average with five home runs and 14 RBI in June. His impressive on-base percentage of .422 showcases why he is highly regarded as one of the top catcher prospects in the minor leagues. The 21-year-old, who was acquired from the Angels, appears to be the future catcher for the White Sox, having already accumulated 12 homers and 50 RBI at the Double-A level this season. With a strong case for a promotion to Triple-A, it seems likely that we could see Quero in Chicago behind the plate next year.

  • MLB 2024 | Yandy's hitting streak reaches 18 games; Pagés and Vargas once again in the starting lineup; Blanco gets his 15th steal; Zulueta debuts and gets sent down to the minors

    Cuban Players News for the 2024 Major League Baseball season. A compilation of several sources Yandy Díaz is also in a seven-game RBI streak. Yandy Díaz went 1-for-5 with a solo home run Tuesday against the Mariners. Yandy led off the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run, continuing his excellent run of recent production. He has gone deep three times in his last six starts and also has at least one RBI in seven straight games. Yandy also extended his hitting streak to 18 games, during which he's hit .358. Andy Ibáñez leads offense in win. Andy Ibáñez went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Phillies. Ibáñez continued a strong June, as he's now batting .314 this month with six RBI and six runs scored across 15 games. The utility player is batting a solid .284 overall, and while he's not providing a ton of power, he has been a solid bat for the Tigers. Ibáñez's biggest question moving forward is playing time, though Detroit figures to find creative ways to get him into the lineup even if he's not locked into a regular starting role. Andy Pagés and Miguel Vargas were back in the starting lineup. Vargas and Pagés appeared in the Dodgers' starting lineup for the second straight game. It was a 4-3 victory over the White Sox this time. Playing in left field, Pagés went hitless batting 0-for-4, while Vargas repeated a 1-for-2 night with a walk. Although both Cuban players are part of the Dodgers' new promotion, neither has a secure role with the cast, with Pagés playing more regularly. While Pagés is hitting .254/.305/.412 with eight home runs and 23 RBIs in his first season in the Majors, Vargas, who debuted in 2022 with the Dodgers, has a slash line of .344/.405/.563 with six home runs and six RBIs. Vargas has been more active in June, participating in eight games and hitting safely in seven, still in a limited role but with an active five-game hitting streak. Dairon Blanco notches 15th steal. Dairon Blanco stole a base as a pinch runner in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Marlins. The steal was Blanco's 15th of the year and his fourth over 11 contests in June. The outfielder remains confined to a bench role, and he's gone just 3-for-19 with one walk and six strikeouts this month. For the year, he's slashing .236/.291/.319 with one home run, four RBI and 18 runs scored over 80 plate appearances while seeing action in 46 contests. Yosver Zulueta debuted as Cuban pitcher 177th in the Majors. Several hours later, the Reds optioned Zulueta to Triple-A Louisville. Yosver Zulueta debuted in the major leagues during Tuesday's 9-5 defeat against the Pirates, becoming the 177th Cuban pitcher to play in the Majors. During his relief appearance, he recorded four strikeouts and conceded one run across three innings. The following morning, the Reds sent Zulueta down to Triple-A Louisville to make room for Graham Ashcraft, who was called up to start the series finale against Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Zulueta is likely to be called up again by the Reds when they require a reliever, given his impressive performance showcasing his powerful fastball, effective sinker, and precise slider. Yariel Rodríguez to start today against Boston. The Toronto Blue Jays will start rookie pitcher Yariel Rodríguez against the Boston Red Sox today. Yariel has made five starts and is (0-2) with a 5.94 ERA and a staggering 1.92 WHIP over 16 2/3 innings, striking out 17 and walking 11. He lasted only 1 1/3 innings against the Guardians on June 21, allowing five runs (four earned) on two hits. Rodríguez has yet to go beyond four innings in any of his starts. Yariel has shown flashes of potential, but not enough to get a role in any MLB starting rotation, at least not yet. Randy Arozarena got the day off. Arozarena was out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mariners. Arozarena got his first true day off of June on Tuesday, with Josh Lowe filling in at DH while Jonny DeLuca played left field. The 29-year-old has hit 10 home runs and stolen 10 bases, but he's batting just .191 (51-for-267) on the year after making his first All-Star appearance in 2023. The good news is that he could be pulling out of his season-long slump, as he's gone 11-for-33 (.333) with two home runs, three doubles, seven RBI, three stolen bases and five runs scored in his last 10 games, where he has generated a hit in nine of his those games. Don't give up on Arozarena just yet in 2024. Lázaro Montes promoted to High-A. Seattle Mariners outfield prospect Lázaro Montes is being promoted to High-A Everett. Montes has been one of the best players in the minor leagues through the opening months of the 2024 campaign with a .309/.411/.527 slash line and 13 long balls, 72 RBI, one swiped bag, and a 43:59 BB:K ratio. Montes posted similar numbers in his first taste of Single-A ball last summer with a .321/.429/.565 line. The 19-year-old was very consistent at Single-A this season and never posted a monthly batting average below .250. He held several extended hitting streaks, including an eight-game streak from May 25 to June 2.

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