César Valdez

César Valdez

Height/Weight: 6' 2"/200 lbs
Bat: R
Throw: R
Born: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
College: None
Draft: Undrafted
  • The Canadian Press

    Orioles take 3-game slide into matchup with Red Sox

    Boston Red Sox (22-13, first in the AL East) vs. Baltimore Orioles (15-19, fifth in the AL East) Baltimore; Monday, 7:05 p.m. EDT PITCHING PROBABLES: Red Sox: Martin Perez (0-2, 4.40 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 28 strikeouts) Orioles: Jorge Lopez (1-3, 6.49 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 25 strikeouts) FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Orioles +126, Red Sox -146; over/under is 9 1/2 runs BOTTOM LINE: Baltimore enters the game as losers of their last three games. The Orioles are 6-10 against teams from the AL East. The Baltimore offence has compiled a .229 batting average as a team this season, Cedric Mullins leads the team with a mark of .313. The Red Sox are 10-4 against the rest of their division. Boston's team on-base percentage of .330 is second in the American League. J.D. Martinez leads the lineup with an OBP of .417. The Red Sox won the last meeting 4-3. Nick Pivetta earned his fifth victory and Rafael Devers went 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and three RBIs for Boston. Dean Kremer took his third loss for Baltimore. TOP PERFORMERS: Mullins leads the Orioles with 17 extra base hits and is batting .313. Martinez leads the Red Sox with 10 home runs home runs and is slugging .651. LAST 10 GAMES: Orioles: 5-5, .240 batting average, 4.05 ERA, outscored by one run Red Sox: 6-4, .265 batting average, 4.60 ERA, outscored opponents by 14 runs INJURIES: Orioles: Dillon Tate: (left hamstring), Mac Sceroler: (shoulder), Hunter Harvey: (oblique), DJ Stewart: (left hamstring), Anthony Santander: (ankle), Chris Davis: (back). Red Sox: Chris Sale: (elbow), Ryan Brasier: (left calf), Kike Hernandez: (hamstring), Christian Arroyo: (left hand). ___ The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar. The Associated Press

  • The Canadian Press

    Pujols cut, Cabrera struggling and Verlander still sidelined

    A decade ago, Albert Pujols won his second World Series title with the St. Louis Cardinals. That same year, Justin Verlander was the American League MVP, and Miguel Cabrera won his first of three straight batting titles — the latter two would be accompanied by MVP honours of his own. Time can catch up with any player, of course, and in 2021, that proud trio is in a much different spot. Pujols was designated for assignment Thursday by the Los Angeles Angels, Cabrera is hitting well under .200 for Detroit, and Verlander hasn't pitched at all this year following Tommy John surgery. Pujols, a three-time MVP with the Cardinals, is the oldest of that bunch at age 41. He hasn't been an All-Star since 2015, and now the big question is whether he can find a team willing to give him regular playing time. He's hitting .198 on the season, although five of his 17 hits have been home runs, pushing his career total to 667. Cabrera began the season with a classic opening day highlight, homering in the snow at Comerica Park. He's struggled mightily since then. Even after a couple of two-hit games Friday and Saturday, he's batting .149 and has only two home runs. Cabrera needs 124 hits to reach 3,000 and 11 homers to reach 500. He contract runs through at least 2023. Verlander, Cabrera's former teammate from their Detroit days, enjoyed a resurgence in recent years, winning his second Cy Young Award in 2019 with Houston. Then he made only one appearance last year and had Tommy John surgery Oct. 1. He's been throwing from 90 feet, but there's no clear timetable for his return. The 38-year-old right-hander is eligible for free agency after this season. AT THE TOP The Chicago White Sox have now lost two of their most exciting players to major injuries. Luis Robert could miss the rest of the season because of a torn right hip flexor. Fellow outfielder Eloy Jiménez was already expected to miss most of the season because of a ruptured left pectoral tendon. Still, the White Sox lead the AL Central, and at plus-53, they easily have the best run differential in all of baseball. TRIVIA TIME Pujols was the National League MVP in 2005, 2008 and 2009. Which players finished second in those seasons? LINE OF THE WEEK Perhaps this should be renamed “no-hitter of the week” until further notice. John Means and Wade Miley each threw one. The slight edge goes to Means, who struck out 12 with no walks in his gem Wednesday. The Baltimore left-hander allowed only one baserunner — when a Seattle hitter reached on a strikeout. Miley's no-hitter for Cincinnati on Friday was the fourth in the majors this season — and the second time Cleveland had been no-hit. “There should be one every week, right?” Miami manager Don Mattingly said. “We’ve built teams on the three-run homer or strikeout or walk, with not a lot of hits in between.” COMEBACK OF THE WEEK The Philadelphia Phillies had a 98.6% chance to beat Atlanta in the bottom of the ninth on Saturday, according to Baseball Savant. That was when the Braves had two outs and nobody on, trailing 3-1. Then Ehire Adrianza walked and Pablo Sandoval homered to tie it. Philadelphia's win probability was back up to 98% in the top of the 12th after the Phillies went ahead 7-4, but they didn't score again in that frame, and Adrianza capped a four-run inning for the Braves with an RBI single to win it. HIGHLIGHT Atlanta lefty Tyler Matzek started a 1-6-3 double play in unorthodox fashion Sunday night against Philadelphia. On a comebacker up the middle, he reached his glove hand back behind his head to snag the ball without looking. The rest of the play was routine by comparison. TRIVIA ANSWER Andruw Jones in 2005, Ryan Howard in 2008 and Hanley Ramirez in 2009. ___ Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtrister ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Noah Trister, The Associated Press

  • MLB.com

    Red Sox vs. Orioles Highlights

    Devers drives in three in 4-3 win vs. Orioles