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ICYMI: Jose Altuve Named 2017 Associated Press Male Athlete Of The Year

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Other than helping bring an entire city together with a World Series title in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has been no stranger to awards lately.

Let’s recap:

-American League Hank Aaron Award (10/26)
-American League Most Outstanding Player (11/8)
-Major League Player of the Year (11/8)
-American League Silver Slugger (11/9)
-American League Most Valuable Player (11/16)
-Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year (12/4)

And what do you know? Before 2017 ended, Altuve took home another piece of hardware.

On December 27, Altuve was named the 2017 Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year, to cap off a truly incredible run of recognition. Sports Illustrated reported that Altuve (715 points) beat out Tom Brady (646) and LeBron James (626) for the honor which was voted upon by US editors and news directors.

“Winning the World Series, winning the MVP, you feel like you have everything,” said the 5’6” Altuve. “But my perspective is to try and get better every year and if we win one World Series, why not win another one? Just keep playing for the team and keep playing for my city.”

Altuve hit .346/.410/.547 with 24 homers and 81 RBIs in 153 regular season games in 2017. In the playoffs, he hit .310/.388/.634 with seven homers and 14 RBIs in 71 at-bats.

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Yankees Activating Aaron Judge Friday

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The New York Yankees are activating slugger Aaron Judge from the injured list on Friday, according to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch.

Judge is coming off a rehab stint in Triple A, where he played all week as he prepare for his official return to the Yankees following a left oblique strain that has kept him out of action since April 21st.

With Judge returning, the Yankees have some tough decisions to make, as it hangs a cloud of uncertainty over the status of outfielder Cameron Maybin.

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Rays Place Yandy Diaz On 10-Day IL

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The Tampa Bay Rays have placed third baseman Yandy Diaz on the 10-day injured list, according to MLB.com’s Juan Toribio.

In a corresponding move, the Rays called up infielder Daniel Robertson to take Diaz’s spot on the roster.

Diaz has been dealing with hamstring tightness lately and will now hope to rehab for a quick return to the active roster.

Diaz has posted a slash line of .286/.363/.502 hitting and 11 home runs thus far this season.

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Astros Activate Jose Altuve

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The Houston Astros have activated second baseman Jose Altuve from the injured list and he is now active on the roster.

In a corresponding move, the Astros optioned lefty Cionel Perez to create the roster spot needed for the addition of Altuve.

Altuve, who last played back on May 10th, hit the injured list with a left hamstring strain.

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