Slugger Jose Abreu came from Cuba to the Chicago White Sox with a lot of promise after signing a $68 million contract, and he's been putting pressure on himself, probably too much, to be worthy. It was nothing that an early morning phone conversation with his mother couldn't help.
"My mom told me, 'Just take it easy,'" Abreu said through a translator. "That gave me a lot of strength."
His mind at ease, Abreu hit his first two home runs in the major leagues, leading a six-homer effort by the White Sox in a 15-3 rout of the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. Avisail Garcia also went deep twice for the White Sox, who pounded Rockies pitching for 19 hits.
The Spanish-language call on Abreu's first homer, heard on the video above, included the amusing multicultural phrase, "¡Sayonara, baby!" It climaxed a 12-pitch at-bat in which Abreu fought off several foul balls. The three-run shot to left, just out of the reach of a leaping Brandon Barnes, extended Chicago's lead to 7-2 in the seventh inning. Abreu added a two-run homer in the next inning as Chicago built an NFL-sized lead.
A fan returned Abreu's first homer in exchange for an autographed ball.
ORIOLES ERUPT FOR 20 HITS: After having scored a combined 22 runs in their 2-5 start, the Baltimore Orioles' offense took flight against the New York Yankees. Adam Jones, Delmon Young and Matt Wieters each went deep for a home run, and everyone in the O's lineup got at least one hit and scored a run in a 14-5 victory at Yankee Stadium. Young and Wieters drove in three apiece. Starter Ivan Nova and left-hander Vidal Nuno did not look good, with each allowing seven earned runs.
O's slugger Chris Davis went 2 for 3 with two RBIs, but we're still waiting on his first home run.
RANGERS REACH DOUBLE FIGURES: The Texas Rangers jumped all over left-hander Felix Doubront and withstood a rally by the Boston Red Sox to win 10-7 at Fenway Park.
Left-hander Martin Perez allowed plenty of baserunners — leadoff batters reached seven times — but the Red Sox also hit into five double plays. Conversely, the Rangers went 7 for 15 with runners in scoring position. Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre and Robinson Chirinos each drove in a pair of runs.
The bad news for Texas: Beltre left the game in the sixth with tightness in his left thigh.
ONE IS THE LONELIEST: Offense seemed easy to come by everywhere but in Kansas City, where the Tampa Bay Rays scratched across a run in the top of the ninth and held on for a 1-0 victory against the Royals. After Wil Myers led off with an infield single, he moved to second base on a wild pitch by Greg Holland after two outs. James Loney followed with a well-hit and well-placed RBI single to right.
The game began as a terrific duel of young pitchers, with Chris Archer of the Rays and Yordano Ventura each putting up zeroes. Archer, who threw seven shutout innings, benefited from two double plays. Ventura allowed two hits with no walks and six strikeouts over six innings. Two of his pitches reached 100 mph.
The Rays broke a seven-game losing streak at Kauffman Stadium.
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