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Twins’ Joe Mauer Collects 2,000th Career Hit

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Minnesota Twins first baseman Joe Mauer became part of an exclusive club Thursday night as he recorded his 2,000th career hit.

Mauer, who’s been a Twin for his entire 15-year career (since 2004), is now the third player in franchise history to collect 2,000 knocks with the club.

Mauer’s milestone occurred on a two-run single in the seventh inning off White Sox reliever Aaron Bummer.

“That was awesome,” said Mauer after the game. “It really was. Leading up to it, I didn’t think it was a big deal. But I got emotional. It was fun to see the fans, the boys at the top step and my family there, too. I’m glad I got it done tonight and it didn’t linger on too long.”

There’s no reason to think that Mauer, who turns 35 this Thursday, doesn’t have at least a few solid more years left in him. If he does stay healthy and keep putting up numbers, the Hall of Fame discussion will only intensify in years to come.

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White Sox Acquire Ivan Nova

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The Chicago White Sox have acquired right handed starter Ivan Nova from the Pittsburgh Pirates, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

According to Fancred’s Jon Heyman, the Pirates will receive a “young pitcher” and an unstated amount of international bonus pool availability in return for Nova.

Nova posted a 9-9 record with a 4.19 ERA last season for the Pirates.

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Yankees “Open To Moving” Miguel Andujar

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The New York Yankees have a future superstar in Miguel Andujar, a fan favorite, yet they have been constantly linked to rumors of being open to dealing him, despite his huge rookie season.

This one, just doesn’t make much sense if the plan is to move Andujar to make room for the likes of Manny Machado.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray, the Yankees are “open to moving” Andjuar via trade, but there is no clear trade path to reference at this time.

This development clearly shows the Yankees desire to sign Machado to a free agent deal.

The Yankees and Mets have also been linked in a potential deal that could see Noah Syndergaard end up in New York, with Andujar on his way out.

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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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