CLEVELAND — Yasiel Puig has made a quick impact with the Cleveland Indians since being acquired at last week’s trade deadline.
Manager Terry Francona believes it’s only a matter of time until Franmil Reyes does the same.
Reyes, picked up at the deadline from San Diego, is batting .105 with one RBI and had struck out eight times in 19 at-bats over five games with the Indians.
Reyes got Tuesday night off after the Indians’ game with the Texas Rangers was postponed by rain. The teams will play a traditional doubleheader Wednesday at 1:10 p.m.
Puig has taken little time to adjust to his new surroundings, batting .333 in five games. Reyes may be pressing to fit in with the Indians, who trail Minnesota by four games in the AL Central and lead the wild card race by two games.
“Like a lot of guys that change teams for the first time, he’s trying to hit it a mile instead of just 340 feet,” Francona said. “He’s just trying to do too much.”
Reyes, at 6-foot-5 and 282 pounds, is an imposing figure from the right side of the plate, but both of his hits with Cleveland have been singles. He’s batting .255 with 27 home runs and 46 RBIs this season.
The Indians are 37-16 since June 4.
The rainout means the Indians got a break from facing Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, who continues to have success against Cleveland pitching.
Andrus went 2 for 4 on Monday, raising his average at Progressive Field to .417. He has a .370 career average against the Indians.
The Rangers used a strong pitching performance to blank the Indians 1-0 for their fifth straight win Monday night. Mike Minor, Jesse Chavez and Jose Leclerc combined on the shutout.
Texas can match its longest winning streak of the season in Wednesday’s opener. The Rangers won six straight from June 22-28.
Lupow put on IL
The Indians placed outfielder Jordan Luplow on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring. He’s batting .271 with 11 home runs and 29 RBI. Outfielder Greg Allen was recalled from Triple-A Columbus.
White Sox 5, Tigers 3
DETROIT — Dylan Cease has two victories so far in this, the right-hander’s rookie season.
Both have been against the bumbling Detroit Tigers.
Cease pitched five solid innings and Jose Abreu homered and drove in three runs to lift the Chicago White Sox to a victory over the Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader. Welington Castillo also homered for Chicago, and Jake Rogers went deep for Detroit.
Cease (2-4) allowed two runs and seven hits, striking out six with one walk. He also beat Detroit on July 3 before losing his next four starts.
“I think he continues to improve,” manager Rick Renteria said. “Obviously we’d like to get him to the point where he’s more efficient and we can get him deeper into the games, but right now as he continues to learn, we’ll take it.”
This was obviously a favorable matchup. The Tigers are 10-45 since the start of June.
Three relievers finished for the White Sox. Alex Colome allowed a run in the ninth but held on for his 22nd save in 23 chances.
Daniel Norris (3-9) allowed four runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Abreu gave Chicago a 1-0 lead with a first-inning homer, his 24th of the season. That opposite-field drive came on the 11th pitch of the at-bat.
“It was a battle,” Norris said. “I tried to mix in a two-seam there and sort of just left it middle. He put a decent swing on it and it went over the wall. I wasn’t executing great in the first. I think if I make my pitches there, the at-bat’s over.”
Adam Engel hit an RBI double in the second before the Tigers rallied. Brandon Dixon tripled and scored for Detroit in the third to make it 2-1, then Rogers tied it with a fourth-inning homer.
Abreu put the White Sox up 3-2 with an RBI double in the fifth. Castillo, activated from the family medical emergency leave list before the game, went deep in the sixth to give Chicago a two-run lead again. Castillo was the 26th man for the White Sox for the doubleheader. Reliever Matt Hall was the 26th man for Detroit.
The White Sox added another run in the ninth on Abreu’s RBI single. Harold Castro hit a run-scoring single of his own for Detroit to make it 5-3.