Altuve, Booed And Beaten When Debuting In Preseason

LAKELAND, Florida, USA (AP) – José Altuve insists that he is ready to endure criticism. What he couldn’t avoid was a pitch that hit him. “He was hit on the foot. It was nothing, you know what I mean? ”Commented Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker after the 11-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers in a preseason game, played in a half-empty Joker Marchant Stadium. “It was not intentional.” Altuve was booed loudly when presented to him for his preseason debut. There were cheers when it struck out. Numerous fans shouted at him that he was a cheater. It is a marked difference from what happened a few years ago, when the short intermediary was among the most popular players in the majors. That was before Altuve and his Houston teammates saw each other involved in the scandal of signal theft that shook baseball during the break between campaigns. “I only heard some noise, that’s all,” said the Venezuelan. Altuve and other headlines, such as Alex Bregman, the Puerto Rican Carlos Correa and the Cuban Yuli Gurriel, they played for the first time in the preseason. Houston had begun its activity within the Grapefruit League in the stadium that it shares with the Washington Nationals, World Series champions. But this was the first time the Astros left their complex. And what they found was proof of what might happen during the regular season. Actually, the reception during the visit to Lakeland, Florida, was less hostile than what can be glimpsed for the campaign. The first fans to arrive, among the 4,891 who saw the meeting, received instructions from the park staff, so that they would not congregate near the Astros dugout, unless they had tickets for nearby boxes at the forefront, but critics began their demonstrations after batting practice. They booed the Houston players when they were introduced, and expressed their dissatisfaction every time they showed up at the Altuve, Bregman, Correa and Gurriel batting box. There were some cheers for Altuve … when he made a mistake, when he released a shot from Bregman from the anteroom.The quartet had to endure another wave of boos when he left the match and undertook the long walk along the line of the initial to the clubhouse of the visitors.Altuve saw the third strike pass, before an ovation, in his first turn. In the second, he hit the audience with a double producer to the corner of the left garden.He showed no disgust when he was brushed on the foot by the release of reliever Nick Ramírez in the fifth inning. The hitter who came before the Venezuelan, Myles Straw, had connected a flyby. As soon as he reached the initial, Altuve was replaced by a runner. Then, more activity in the Grapefruit and Cactus leagues. DEBUT DE COLEGerrit Cole prescribed two strikeouts and gave away a ticket during an inning, without accepting hit, in what was his debut with the New York Yankees against Pittsburgh. His first pitch, to Adam Frazier, was a straight at 97 mph. Cole signed a contract for nine years and $ 324 million as a free agent, after holding a record of 20-5 with an effectiveness of 2.50 and 326 strikeouts in the previous season, with the Astros, who ended up crowning in the American League. MELLIZOS 3, RED STOCKINGS 2 Kenta Maeda completed his first opening with the Twins’ uniform, and worked for two innings, in which he allowed a home run by Andrew Benintendi, who thus inaugurated the duel. The Japanese was acquired on February 10 from the Los Angeles Dodgers. RED MEDIA 2, RAYS 2 Yoshitomo Tsutsungo, the Japanese league gardener hired by the Rays to add power to his lineup, shot home run in his second game. MARLINS 6, CARDINALS 3 The Dominican Sandy Alcantara, who would be the starter of the inaugural game for the Marlins, made 38 pitches, including 19 strikes, over two innings. He tolerated a clean run and two hits, in addition to issuing three passports.FILIS 8, ORIOLES 7Mikie Mahtook fired a three-run homer for the Phillies, while Logan Forsythe added a bambinazo and a single.Read moreAZULEJOS 4, BRAVOS 3Cavan Biggio, son Hall of Famer member Craig Biggio hit a double, as did Randal Grichuck, for the Blue Jays. METS 2, NATIONAL 1 The Venezuelan Wilson Ramos contributed a single and a homer for New York, while the catcher David Peterson allowed a hit and handed out two strikeouts in a couple of tickets. RED 7, RANGERS 6 Nick Castellanos, who hit 58 doubles last season and signed as a free agent with Cincinnati this month, got a two-corner shot. REAL 8, PARENTS 5 The Cuban Jorge Soler shook his second run in the preseason, while Khalil Lee hit a solo home run for the Royals. DOODERS 2, WHITE STOCKINGS 2, 9 INNINGS Mookie Betts added two hits and Cody Bellinger di sparked a double for Los Angeles.CERVECEROS 2, ANGELINOS 1Brandon Woodruff, favorite to open the opening game, gave a ticket at his opening of an episode.CERVECEROS 12, ATHLETICS 1The Venezuelan Orlando Arcia shook a two-run homer and produced four for Milwaukee .GIGANTES 11, DIAMONDBACKS 9Evan Longoria hit a double of two races, while Jaylin Davis contributed a double and a triple for San Francisco.ROCKIES 12, INDIOS 8The Puerto Rican Francisco Lindor and Bradley Zimmer connected two runners of two races, in the defeat of Cleveland. PUPPIES 13, SAILORS 9 Josh Phegley became the third Chicago catcher to get a home run. The Venezuelan Willson Contreras did the same in the first duel of the preseason and the Puerto Rican Victor Caratini got it on Sunday.