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Yu Chang calls out anti-Asian racist Twitter messages after error in Cleveland Indians’ loss

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Indians infielder Yu Chang shared that he received racist messages on Twitter after his decisive throwing error in Cleveland’s loss Monday to the White Sox.

Chang tweeted early Tuesday morning: “Exercise your freedom of speech in a right way, I accept all comments, positive or negative but DEFINITELY NOT RACIST ONES. Thank you all and love you all. #StopAsianHate.”

Chang’s tweet included a screenshot of anti-Asian racist messages he purportedly received from three different users. Two of the Twitter accounts no longer existed as of Tuesday morning, and the third is private.

The Indians lost 4-3 on Monday night when Chang hit Chicago’s Yasmani Grandal with a throw while trying to force him at second base in the ninth inning, allowing Nick Madrigal to score the winning run.

Chang, who was playing first base, fielded Nick Williams‘ one-out grounder and tried to get Grandal at second rather than step on first base for the second out. His throw hit Grandal in the helmet, and the ball ricocheted toward the left side of the infield as Madrigal raced home.

Chang, 25, is a native of Taiwan who has played parts of three seasons with the Indians. He has primarily played shortstop and third base throughout his career, and had never first base before this season.

According to a recent report from the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism, hate crimes against Asian Americans have risen nearly 150% in major U.S. cities over the past year.

The #StopAsianHate movement gained national attention last month after a white man killed eight people — including six people of Asian descent — in a series of shootings at Atlanta-area spas.



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Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu dealing with ankle injury suffered on game-winning slide

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Reigning American League MVP Jose Abreu will miss the Chicago White Sox‘s three-game series against the Minnesota Twins due to an ankle injury he suffered while scoring the game-winning run against the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

The White Sox said Monday that X-rays on Abreu’s ankle were negative but that an MRI showed inflammation, forcing the team to sit the slugger for the Twins series in Minneapolis.

He is expected to return to the lineup this weekend against the New York Yankees.

Abreu scored from third base on a Wade Davis wild pitch, capping the White Sox’s ninth-inning rally in a 4-3 win against the Royals on Sunday.

It capped a tough weekend for the slugger, who suffered a facial contusion, laceration and bruised left knee Friday in a nasty-looking collision with Hunter Dozier.

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Atlanta Braves’ Huascar Ynoa out ‘a couple months’ after breaking hand punching bench

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Atlanta Braves right-hander Huascar Ynoa was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday with a fractured right hand suffered when he punched the dugout bench in Milwaukee on Sunday.

Manager Brian Snitker told reporters on Monday that Ynoa will be sidelined “a couple months” with the injury.

“That’s a tough one. He got frustrated after his outing [Sunday] and punched the seat in the dugout and broke his hand. It’s going to be a couple months that he’ll be down, then we’ll have to get him built back up. I hate to see that. The young guy was doing so well. That’s a big loss for us,” he told reporters, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Ynoa allowed a season-high five runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out six over 4⅓ innings Sunday in the Braves’ 10-9 loss to the Milwaukee Brewers. He had surrendered just one earned run over his previous three outings.

Ynoa has impressed this season with a 4-2 record and 3.02 ERA in eight starts for a Braves team without All-Star right-hander Mike Soroka, who has been sidelined by an Achilles injury.

Soroka, who tore his Achilles tendon last August, had a setback last week and underwent exploratory surgery on Monday. There is no timetable for his return.

The Braves recalled right-hander Edgar Santana from Triple-A Gwinnett in a corresponding move.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Depleted New York Mets place Michael Conforto, Jeff McNeil on IL with hamstring injuries

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The New York Mets have placed right fielder Michael Conforto and second baseman Jeff McNeil on the 10-day injured list Monday with hamstring injuries, further depleting their starting lineup.

Both players suffered their injuries in Sunday’s 7-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays, who swept a weekend series against the Mets.

The additions of Conforto (strained right hamstring) and McNeil (strained left hamstring) increases the number of Mets starting position players on the IL to four with center fielder Brandon Nimmo (bruised left finger) and third baseman J.D. Davis (left hand sprain) currently sidelined. Mets ace Jacob deGrom (tightness in right side) also is on the injured list.

The Mets recalled two outfielders from Triple-A Syracuse on Monday in corresponding moves, adding Johneshwy Fargas and Khalil Lee to the major league roster. In addition, the Mets transferred reliever Seth Lugo to the 60-day IL.

Despite the injuries, the Mets (18-16) enter Monday’s game against the Atlanta Braves with a ½-game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies (21-20) in the NL East standings. Atlanta (19-21) is two games back.

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