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Red Sox Ace Chris Sale Building Dominant Momentum

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Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale is building momentum as his domination continues this season, pitching the Red Sox to yet another win in his last start.

“He was amazing,” manager Alex Cora said of Sale’s performance against the Seattle Mariners. “Velocity-wise, location-wise, the tempo. It was a big game, you win the series, you move on. From the get-go, from the first at-bat against Dee [Gordon], you could tell. He looks fresh, he’s throwing the ball well, we’re very pleased with where he’s at right now.”

Sale has allowed four runs in 28 innings with 43 strikeouts and just 15 hits allowed, with a .155 average for hitters over his past 4 starts. For the season, Sale is 7-4 with a 2.56 ERA and ranks first in the AL in strikeouts.

“The whole plan this year has been recovery, feeling good and staying strong. I think we’ve had a good building-up action from spring training up to now,” Sale said.

“I know a lot of people talk about what happened last year,” said Cora, referring to when the Houston Astros eliminated the Red Sox in the ALDS last year.

“I do feel that his stuff was still there. In October, he was throwing 97-98, just a matter of a few pitches in the heart of the plate and [the Astros] took advantage of it. The stuff was there. The last game here in Game 4 he dominated.”

Sale is easily included in the Cy Young award conversation, but it shouldn’t go unnoticed that he may be having the best season of his stellar career.

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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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