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George Springer Wins MVP With Record-Setting World Series For Astros

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As the Houston Astros won their first ever World Series title on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, there was little doubt that outfielder George Springer would be receiving the MVP trophy.

Here’s why:

What a no-brainer. Especially considering that four of his five dingers in the series tied the game or gave the Astros the lead (twice for each).

Overall in the series, Springer hit .379/.471/1.000 in the seven games; he also collected three doubles, five walks, and eight runs scored.

Springer’s two-run shot in Game 7 chased Dodgers starter Yu Darvish after recording just five outs for the second straight start, and gave the Astros a 5-0 lead at the time. This home run pretty much broke the game open, and gave Houston all the momentum they needed for the final seven innings.

The MVP’s Game 7 performance put him in some pretty limited company:

There’s no doubt that the Astros don’t win this year’s World Series without Springer who’s emerged as a top superstar in the league. He absolutely carried Houston’s offense during the Fall Classic. Only one other Astro who had at least 20 at-bats in the series (eight including Springer) hit higher than .233 (Carlos Correa, .276).

Overall in 18 postseason games this year, Springer hit .292/.386/.611 with seven homers and 12 RBIs. This followed a regular season that saw him set career highs in homers (34), RBIs (85), batting average (.283), slugging percentage (.522), and OPS (.889).

What a fun series to watch, and what a show Springer put on.

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Indians Activate Francisco Lindor, DFA Hanley Ramirez

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The Cleveland Indians have activated star shortstop Francisco Lindor from the injured list on Saturday.

In a corresponding move, the Indians have designated veteran Hanley Ramirez for assignment to create the necessary roster spot for the return of Lindor.

Ramirez, 35, appeared in 16 games this season for Cleveland, posting a slash line of .184/.298/.327 with two home runs.

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Red Sox Place Nathan Eovaldi On 10-Day IL

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The Boston Red Sox have placed starting pitcher Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list due to a loose body in his elbow, according to MassLive.com’s Crhsi Cotillo.

In a corresponding move, left hander Bobby Poyner will take Eovaldi’s spot on the roster and the move is retroactive to April 18th.

The struggling Red Sox will have to move forward without Eovaldi, who missed around 2 months last season following arthroscopic surgery to remove a loose body, for the time being.

Eovaldi has started 4 games for Boston this season, going 0-0 and posting a 6.00 ERA in that span.

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Red Sox Call Up Top Prospect Chavis

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Top Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis was recalled for the first time on Friday.

With two infielders being placed on the DL and desperate for any kind of spark they can get, the Boston Red Sox called up their top prospect Michael Chavis (MLB no. 75) from Triple-A Pawtucket on Friday.

Dustin Pedroia and Eduardo Nunez were both placed on the disabled list this week with knee and back injuries, respectively. And with super utility man Brock Holt out as well with an eye injury, Boston’s infield has become quite depleted in a hurry. Infielder Tzu-Wei Lin was recalled as well as the stumbling Red Sox open up a three game set in Tampa with a Good Friday matchup.

Boston hasn’t yet announced if Chavis will be in the lineup tonight, but the team is evidently hoping that the presence of the 23-year-old can provide some kind of a spark. Boston has struggled considerably so far in the young season and is coming off consecutive embarrassing losses to arch-rival New York. At 6-13, the defending World Series champs are dead last in the AL East.

Chavis, on the other hand, has risen through Boston’s minor league system quickly despite a setback last season. A PED suspension cost him half of 2018 after he was busted for Turinabol, an anabolic-androgenic steroid. He denied knowingly taking any banned substance but played well enough after his return to be promoted from Double-A to Triple-A.

Can Chavis provide a boost for the struggling Sox and help them shake off their World Series hangover?

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