Morales, Beltre, Abreu, Cabrera and Lindor are shining in the major leagues

After a brilliant week with wood in hand, Cubans Kendrys Morales (Royals) and Jose Abreu (White Sox), Dominicans Adrian Beltre (Rangers) and Melky Cabrera (White Sox) and Puerto Rican Francisco Lindor (Indians) were the prominent Latin Americans on this trip. Morales was instrumental in the performance of the Kansas City Royals this season, the reigning American League champions and who lost in the World Series to the San Francisco Giants. The Cuban became the 10th player on Sunday to hit three home runs in a 10-3 victory over the Detroit Tigers. Morales joined Dominican Edwin Encarnacion (Blue Jays), fellow countryman Yoenis Cespedes (Mets), Lucas Duda (Mets), Alex Rodriguez (Yankees), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (Mets), Bryce Harper (Nationals), Mexican Adrian Gonzalez (Dodgers) , Canadian Joey Votto (Reds) and also Cuban JD Martinez (Tigres) with the achievement of the season. The Royals designated hitter, who went 4-for-4, has 21 homers and 105 RBI this season and set a club record with 15 bases loaded with his hits, in addition to becoming second this season with that total. as his compatriot Cespedes (Mets) did on August 21 against the Colorado Rockies. The previous Royals record was held by George Brett, who struck out 14 in a 16-inning game in 1979. Morales’ 21 home runs on the season rank him as the team leader in that department, followed by teammates Mike Moustakas and Venezuelan Salvador Perez, with more 20 pcs. The Royals, the reigning American League champions, lead the Young Circuit Central Division by 11 games over the Minnesota Twins. The Royals’ magic number for their first division pennant in 30 years – after advancing as a wild card last year – is three. His compatriot Abreu of the White Sox isn’t having much luck on the collective front, as his Whites have little chance of advancing to the playoffs as they are eight games out of the second of two wild cards awarded by the Young Circuit when he 14 games remain in the regular season. Abreu finished the stretch with a .458 average (11-for-24) with two home runs (29) and nine RBIs (95) to lead the Latin Americans in that last department along with partner Cabrera of Quiski. Cabrera finished with a .379 average (11-for-29) with two homers, while compatriot Beltre hit .500 (13-for-26) with three doubles and seven RBI. Third baseman Beltre was instrumental in the performance of the Rangers, who grabbed first place in the American League West this week from the Houston Astros. Puerto Rican Lindor finished with a .385 average (11-for-28), two homers and eight RBI. Dominican Stalin Castro of the Chicago Cubs and Cuban Yunel Escobar of the Washington Nationals also performed well on this trip. Castro finished the stretch hitting .379 (8-for-20) with two hits from four corners and eight RBIs, and Escobar also hit .379, with three doubles and seven RBIs. Dominican Robinson Cano of the Seattle Mariners and Brazilian Paulo Orlando of the Royals were also great offensively. Canó hit .368 (7-for-19) and Orlando .300 (3-for-10), with a homer and six RBI in the first and four hits and four fly balls in the second. On the field, the Cubans Gio Gonzalez (Nationals, 11-7) and Carlos Rodon (White Sox, 8-6), the Mexican Marco Estrada (Blue Jays, 13-8), the Dominican Rubin de la Rosa (Diamondbacks, 13-8) and the Venezuelan Martin Perez (Rangers, 3-5), all finished with a win, each with excellent performances.

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