Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

American League Roundup: Abreu Breaks Record for RBIs in April

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

American League Roundup: Abreu Breaks Record for RBIs in April

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Jose Abreu drove in four runs and set a major league rookie record for RBIs through the end of April as the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Sunday.

Abreu, who had a two-run home run in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh, has 31 RBIs to lead the majors. Albert Pujols had the previous rookie RBI mark of 27 in 2001.

Abreu's homer was his major league-leading 10th and extended his own record for home runs by a rookie through April.

"I go to the field to play baseball, help the team," Abreu said through a translator.

"I really don't go looking for records, but they're definitely welcome. That's not something that I go looking for, but it's a nice thing."

Another White Sox rookie had a memorable day.

In his major league debut, Scott Carroll (1-0) gave up two runs, one earned, in 7 1/3 innings after he was called up from Triple-A Charlotte to fill in for injured ace Chris Sale.

Carroll, 29, received a standing ovation when he exited the game, and he planned to celebrate with more than 30 friends and family members.

Before his call-up, Carroll was 27-38 with a 3.95 ERA in 138 games during eight minor league seasons. He underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012 and bounced back with a 3-1 record and 1.57 ERA in four Triple-A starts this season.

AL ROUNDUP

Blue Jays 7, Red Sox 1

Melky Cabrera, one of a record six players from the Dominican Republic in Toronto's starting lineup, hit a go-ahead double and the Blue Jays ended a season-worst four-game losing streak at home Sunday.

R.A. Dickey (2-3) won for the first time in four starts.

Royals 9, Orioles 3

Omar Infante homered and tied a career high with six RBIs and James Shields allowed three hits in seven innings as visiting Kansas City coasted to the win.

Nori Aoki scored three runs for the Royals, who took two of three from Baltimore to conclude a 3-4 road trip that began in Cleveland. Kansas City is 12-0 when scoring at least four runs and 0-12 when scoring three runs or fewer.

Astros 5, Athletics 1

Collin McHugh allowed two hits over 8 2/3 stellar innings for the host Houston Astros.

McHugh (2-0) struck out seven and walked three, allowing one run in the longest outing of his career. …

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