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Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton Not Worried About Stuggles

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After a grand start to his career in pinstripes, New York Yankees’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton suffered through a bad stretch that continues to hamper him.

Stanton is batting just .167 with three home runs and seven RBI over his first 10 games with his new team, notching two 5-strikeout games during that span.

Stanton struggled again on Sunday against the Baltimore Orioles, going 0-7 in the extra innings loss.

“Just got to look at it as a bad week,” Stanton said on Sunday (h/t ESPN). “The season’s much longer than a week. A couple of good games, and I could turn it around and help us win.”

Stanton’s struggles and the Yankees 5-5 record have incited boos from the Yankee Stadium crowds.

“When he’s right with his timing, it’ll start to happen in a big way. And once that happens, he’ll get rolling and be a dominant player,” manager Aaron Boone said. “Hitting is a grind, and when you’re not raking or you’re not doing as well as you can, yeah, you think about that. You wear that. You take that home with you.

“But you also understand—and I know he understands—just how special he is. Once he does lock in that feeling, that feeling we look for as hitters, I don’t worry about it anymore. He’ll explode.”

It’s hard to see the reigning National League MVO stay in this slump for much longer, but with the rash of injuries that have hit the Yankees, along with their 5-5 start, they could really use Stanton right now.

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Rangers Sign Rafael Montero

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The Texas Rangers have agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right handed pitcher Rafael Montero, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Montero is still working back from Tommy John surgery, and was once a top prospect in the New York Mets organization , but struggled transitioning to the major league level, putting together a woeful 5.38 ERA over 192 1/3 innings pitched.

 

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Astros Sign Robinson Chirinos to One-Year Deal

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The Houston Astros are signing free agent catcher Robinson Chirinos to a one-year deal with $5.75 million, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

Chirinos had a career year in 2017 while playing for the Texas Rangers, but had a dramatic dip in production during the 2018 season and was no brought back by the team. Chirinos isn’t considered a defensive stud behind the plate either, and will join Max Stassi in the Astros catching rotation.

 

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Angels Announce Coaching Staff

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The Los Angeles Angels have announced the coaching staff for brand new manager Brad Ausmus.

Pitching coach Doug White, hitting coach Jeremy Reed, and assistant hitting coach Shawn Wooten have already been announced as additions to Ausmus’ staff.

Long-time MLB infielder Mike Gallego will work with infielders and coach third base. Jose Molina, the former big league catcher, will work with catchers. Additionally, Jesus Feliciano will be slated to work with the outfielders and former slugger Paul Sorrento will join the hitting coaches team.

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