Saturday, August 23, 2014
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Touch 'Em All: White Sox rookie on record HR pace

The amazing rookie season of the Chicago White Sox' Jose Abreu continued Friday as he delivered his fourth multihomer game of the season.

Abreu led off the fifth inning with his 24th home run, which at that time broke up a developing no-hit bid by R.A. Dickey. He later added his MLB-leading 25th homer in the seventh. His solo shots, combined with home runs by fellow Cubans Dayan Viciedo and Alexei Ramirez, fueled Chicago's 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays.

Despite missing two weeks, Abreu is still on pace to break Mark McGwire's rookie home run record of 49, set in 1987.

Abreu reached 25 home runs faster than anyone in MLB history, in 67 games. He's also the second player to have four multihomer games in his first 67 career games. The other was Atlanta's Bob Horner in 1978.

Boston promotes Betts

The Red Sox brought up highly touted prospect Mookie Betts from the minors and sent righthander Rubby De La Rosa to triple-A Pawtucket.

Manager John Farrell said he intends to start the rookie outfielder Sunday night in New York.

Sabathia rehab outing

Yankees lefthander CC Sabathia threw 21/3 innings in his first minor-league rehab game since going on the disabled list in May with a knee injury.

Sabathia gave up two runs and three hits, walked one and struck out two for single-A Tampa against Dunedin in a Florida State League game on Saturday night. He threw 36 pitches.

The Yankees placed Sabathia on the 15-day DL May 11 because of inflammation in his right knee. It was later determined that he has a degenerative cartilage problem in the knee.

Cubs off Sunday

The Cubs have their first scheduled Sunday off in 82 years because of the annual Pride Parade in Chicago. The last one was on June 19, 1932. Chicago played the Giants in New York on a Saturday and then visited Philadelphia on a Monday.

Harper returning soon

The Nationals remain optimistic that Bryce Harper will return from a torn ligament in his left thumb early in the week, if not Monday. The 2012 NL rookie of the year was injured sliding headfirst into third in a game against San Diego in April.

Associated Press
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