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MLB 2022 | Yordan is unstoppable, Cionel wins, Arozarena homers, and more

Updated: Jun 3

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


Yordan Álvarez (Photo: USATSI)

June 1, 2022


Yordan Álvarez hit a decisive, bases-clearing double in the ninth inning of the Astros' comeback win over the Athletics.


Alex Bregman was walked with the bases loaded to force in a run and pull the Astros to within one. That's when A's manager Mark Kotsay summoned left-hander Sam Selman to face Álvarez, who drilled an 0-2 pitch into the right-center field gap to cash in three runs. It pushed the slugger's season RBI total up to 31. Álvarez also had a single earlier in the game, giving him four straight multi-hit efforts.

Jorge Soler went 3-for-6 and scored three runs as the Marlins demolished the Rockies in the first game of Wednesday's twin bill.


Soler also drove in a pair of runs in the ballgame -- one with an RBI double in the sixth inning and another with a run-scoring single in the seventh. With the three-hit effort, the 30-year-old slugger is now slashing .224/.313/.476 with 11 homers and 27 RBI on the season.


Orioles' Cionel Pérez: Picks up win Wednesday. Pérez (4-0) allowed a hit and struck out one over 1.1 scoreless innings, earning the win Wednesday over the Mariners. Starter Kyle Bradish couldn't complete five innings, so Pérez entered the game and got credit for the win. The 26-year-old reliever has earned all four of his wins and two of his four holds in his last 10 outings, and he hasn't allowed any runs in his last seven games. Overall, the southpaw has a 0.55 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 17:7 K:BB across 16.1 innings.

José Iglesias went 1-for-4 and drove in the Rockies lone run as they were crushed by the Marlins in the first game of Wednesday's doubleheader.


Iglesias finally got the Rockies on the board with an RBI single in the ninth inning, but it did nothing more than putting a Band-Aid on a stab wound -- cutting their deficit to 13 runs at 14-1. Iglesias is having a productive season at the dish for the Rockies, slashing 315/.364/.385, though that comes with zero homers, 16 RBI and only two stolen bases.


Randy Arozarena went 1-for-5 with a solo home run in Wednesday's 11-inning win over the Rangers.


Arozarena made his statistical mark on the contest courtesy of a solo home run off Jon Gray with one out in the seventh inning. The 27-year-old outfielder is batting .258/.305/.414 with five homers, 21 RBI and seven steals. While Arozarena has been up-and-down with the bat this season, he has chipped in nicely on the stolen base front. Arozarena's career-best mark for steals is 20, set during the 2021 season. He could certainly challenge that mark with the way he is swiping bags early in the 2022 campaign.

Rangers' Adolis García: Notches sixth steal. García went 1-for-5 with a stolen base and an RBI in Wednesday's loss to the Rays. García struck out three times in the contest, but in the eighth inning had a stolen base and in the 10th-inning a run-scoring single. This was the second straight game during which the outfielder stole a base, and he is up to six thefts on the season. He's batting only .226, but the theft total and his eight homers and 32 RBI have kept him relevant for the team.


White Sox's Jose Abreu: Slugs sixth homer. Abreu went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run Wednesday against the Blue Jays. Abreu took Hyun Jin Ryu (forearm) yard in the fourth inning to record his sixth home run of the season. Three of those long balls have come in his last 10 starts, and Abreu has also tallied eight RBI and seven runs scored in that span. As a result of this hot stretch, Abreu has raised his line to .250/.343/.419 across 198 plate appearances on the campaign.

Yoán Moncada struck out as a pinch-hitter Wednesday against the Blue Jays.


Moncada has now missed basically a full week of games due to lingering left quad discomfort, though he did come off the bench on Sunday against the Cubs. Jake Burger played third base and batted fifth for the White Sox on Wednesday evening in Toronto.

Later in the game, Moncada struck out as a pinch-hitter. Consider him questionable for Thursday.


White Sox's Yasmani Grandal: Took seat Wednesday. Grandal was out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays. Even though Grandal served as the White Sox's designated hitter the last two games rather than starting behind the plate, he received a maintenance day Wednesday. Grandal's move to the bench may also have something to do with his ongoing slump at the plate; over his last six games, he's gone 1-for-24 with 11 strikeouts and four walks.


Wednesday's game between the Angels and Yankees in New York was postponed due to inclement weather.


The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday, with the first game starting at 1:00 PM EST. Wednesday's scheduled starters -- Nestor Cortés Jr. and Reid Detmers -- will presumably pitch in one of Thursday's games.