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GLENDALE Jason Hammel Jersey , Ariz. (AP) — Eloy Jimenez says he doesn’t feel the pressure of expectations. Not even when fellow Chicago White Sox prospect Michael Kopech said he thinks Jimenez is “the Babe Ruth of our generation.”“Yeah, he told me that in Triple-A,” Jimenez said Saturday. “I feel proud and blessed and I think he is the (next) Nolan Ryan.”Kopech’s time will have to wait a year, when the right-hander expects to return from Tommy John surgery. But Jimenez is coming soon to the South Side.Acquired from the Cubs two years ago in a deal for pitcher Jose Quintana, Jimenez has spent his time getting ready, working on his defense and tearing up Double-A and Triple-A pitching. Last year, splitting time between the two levels, the 22-year-old outfielder hit .337 with 22 homers and is ranked by as the third-best prospect in baseball.Jimenez said he was “a little bit disappointed” when he was not called up at the end of last season. And he may not start this season with the big league club, as waiting a few weeks will allow the White Sox to add a year of control before he can become a free agent.Earlier this week, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said, “We’re just going to see how he looks and line it up over the course of the next couple weeks.”“He is going to be , in our opinion, a tremendous player for the Chicago White Sox for a long time. We all think he’s going to make a significant impact on the field on this team this year and spent the bulk if not all the season in Chicago. When exactly that time starts remains to be seen,” he said.Jimenez, for his part, is putting that talk out of his thought process. “I’m going to step in and keep doing all I can do,” he said.It isn’t just his teammates, bosses and talent evaluators who see him as a future star. Jimenez expects a lot of himself and is aiming to win the AL Rookie of the Year award, which could be a battle between Jimenez and fellow Dominican Vladimir Guerrero Jr. of the Toronto Blue Jays — who ranks No. 1 on its prospect list.“It’s not pressure for me because I don’t really think about it,” he said. “I just try to work hard and be ready for the moment. Assuming I get there, I’m going to keep doing what I’ve been doing all my career.”Manager Rick Renteria likes what he sees from Jimenez, who will see time in left and right field when Cactus League play begins next week.“I think he will continue to develop as a defender. I believe he can be better than an average defender ,” he said.“In terms of his offense I think he’s a very polished hitter already. I’m hard pressed to tell you what I think will challenge him the most because he is so gifted,” he said. “It would be foolish for me think he won’t hit a lull or a wall. But I hope it doesn’t happen. He’s a confident, very bright young man.”Kopech saw Jimenez up close as a minor league teammate last season.“Very smart hitter, very well rounded when gets to the plate,” the pitcher said. “He’s very calm, doesn’t seem like he’s out of place at any point, no matter who’s on the mound. Very impressive to watch.”Renteria was also impressed when informed of Kopech’s assessment.“Wow! I’m glad Kopech knows who Babe Ruth is,” the manager said to laughter at Saturday’s media briefing. But Renteria added, “That’s awesome. I hope he is.” CLEVELAND (AP) — Francisco Lindor believes the Cleveland Indians need a spark.Lindor homered in the ninth inning of Cleveland’s 5-1 loss Monday to the Kansas City Royals, who extended their winning streak to a season-high six games.The Indians have lost three straight but still lead the AL Central by 14 games. Their magic number to clinch the division was trimmed to 12 after Minnesota’s loss to Houston.“Our energy is down,” Lindor said. “I don’t why. Personally , my energy is down. We’re at that point in the season where guys are dragging their feet a little. We have to go back to playing the Tribe Way and not taking any pitch for granted. We’ll be fine.”Jakob Junis allowed two hits in seven shutout innings and Ryan O’Hearn homered twice for Kansas City, which has also won eight of nine.“It’s no fluke,” O’Hearn said. “Guys are going out, trying to win every day. Everyone is playing really well.”Junis (8-12) gave up a two-out single to Lindor in the third and a leadoff single to Yonder Alonso in the fifth. The right-hander hit a batter, walked none, struck out six and retired his last nine hitters.Junis was 0-2 with a 9.82 ERA in his first two starts against the Indians this season.“Being in the division, these teams see my slider a lot,” he said. “Using my heater more was definitely the difference.”Brian Flynn pitched a scoreless eighth and Wily Peralta began the ninth with a 5-0 lead. Lindor homered with one out, Michael Brantley singled and Peralta walked Jose Ramirez and Edwin Encarnacion on eight pitches.Left-hander Tim Hill relieved, and pinch-hitter Yandy Diaz hit a hard grounder that second baseman Whit Merrifield turned into a game-ending double play. Hill recorded his second save.“That was a great play by Whit, a great play Cheslor Cuthbert Jersey ,” manager Ned Yost said. “That’s why you bring Timmy in, to get a ground ball.”Lindor has 30 homers this season. He joins Jose Ramirez, who has 37 home runs, as the first pair of switch-hitting teammates in major league history to each have 30 or more homers in a season.O’Hearn had the first multihomer game of his career. He led off the fourth with a home run and hit a two-run drive in the sixth. Jorge Bonifacio and Hunter Dozier hit solo homers.Adam Plutko (4-5) gave up three homers and allowed four runs in six innings. The right-hander had a career-high eight strikeouts.Kansas City took two of three from Cleveland at Kaufmann Stadium last month and Junis made certain that trend continued. He retired the first eight batters before hitting Greg Allen with a pitch in the third. Lindor sent Allen to third with a single, but the inning ended with an out on the bases.Lindor broke for second and was caught in a rundown when catcher Cam Gallagher threw to shortstop Adalberto Mondesi. The rundown continued until Allen finally broke for home, and Merrifield threw to Gallagher, who applied the tag.NICE DEBUTJosh Donaldson hit a grand slam in Triple-A on Monday after the Indians placed him on the disabled list to give him more time to rehab a calf injury in the minor leagues. Donaldson, playing for Columbus, also walked and lined out against Toledo. Donaldson, acquired from Toronto on Friday, will work out with the Indians on Tuesday and continue his rehab assignment for Double-A Akron in the Eastern League playoffs this week.“That was good Brian Flynn Jersey ,” Indians manager Terry Francona said. “It sounded like everything else went well, too, and he made all the plays.”HEAR THE BUZZThe Cleveland National Air Show, held at a nearby airport, ended Monday. Players and fans turned their attention to jets that flew around the ballpark in the early innings.FEEL THE HEATTemperatures for the three-game series will be near 90 degrees each day, a stark contrast from the first time the Royals were in town. The gametime temperature of 32 degrees on April 8 set a Progressive Field record.TRAINER’S ROOMRoyals: C Salvador Perez (sprained left thumb) sat out his fifth straight game, but manager Ned Yost said he is improving and remains day-to-day. The six-time All-Star last played on Aug. 28 against Detroit.UP NEXTRoyals LHP Danny Duffy (8-11, 4.72 ERA) takes on Indians RHP Mike Clevinger (10-7, 3.17 ERA) in the second game of the series. Clevinger has made three starts against Kansas City this season, going 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA.

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