VIDEO: Jose Abreu sets MLB rookie record for home runs in April with walk-off grand slam

Apr 26, 12:53 AM

White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu's mythical first month in the majors reached its climax Friday, as he drove a walk-off grand slam off Grant Balfour into the bullpen at U.S. Cellular Field to lift Chicago over the Tampa Bay Rays 9-6. 

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It was the second of Abreu's two home runs on the night, an outburst that moves him into a tie with Albert Pujols for the league lead in home runs, and distinguishes him in baseball's storied history.

Jun 27, 11:30 PM

Jose Abreu becomes fastest player to hit 25 home runs with 2 blasts vs. Blue Jays

Jun 27, 11:30 PM

Chicago White Sox rookie phenom Jose Abreu launched two home runs in Friday's 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays to set a new MLB record.

Friday marks the fourth time in his young career he's belted two bombs in a game and his 25 homers puts him in a three-way tie with Edwin Encarnacion and Nelson Cruz for the league lead.

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Jun 19, 11:06 AM

Jose Abreu becomes 3rd-fastest ever to 20 home runs

Jun 19, 11:06 AM

Jose Abreu's historic rookie season continued on Wednesday, when the Cuban slugger blasted his 20th home run of the season, a shot into the left field bullpen at U.S. Cellular Field.

With that knock, Abreu became the third-fastest player ever to reach 20 home runs, doing so in just his 58th game. Only Mark McGwire (56 games) and Wally Berger (51 games) have done it faster. 

This, after the 27-year-old assaulted April records for home runs and RBI by a rookie. Had he not missed two weeks in late May, Abreu would surely be on an even more historic path. As it stands, though, he's still carving out some pretty elite rookie company:

Based on rest-of-season projections from the Steamer system at Fangraphs, Abreu is expected to finish the season with 41 home runs and 104 RBI in just 134 games. The 41 home runs would be just shy of an MLB record, topping the 38 hit by Frank Robinson (1956) and Berger (1930) but falling short of McGwire's 49 in 1987, while the RBI would be the most for a rookie since Hideki Matsui knocked in 106 as a freshman in 2003.

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Apr 28, 8:26 AM

Jose Abreu sets MLB rookie record for home runs and RBI in April

Apr 28, 8:26 AM

The questions concerning how rookie Jose Abreu will adjust to the major leagues can safely be put to rest. In Abreu's first full month in the big leagues, the Cuban first baseman has written his name in MLB record books. 

Abreu drove in four runs on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays, giving him 31 RBI on the season, a rookie record for the month of April. He opened the game tied with Albert Pujols, who drove in 27 in 2001 for the St. Louis Cardinals. 

Abreu got the job done by hitting his 10th home run in April, further extending that other somewhat impressive rookie record that Abreu claimed earlier in the month. 

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