A day after Sox first baseman Jose Abreu made history at the plate, he sat out Sunday with a bruised shin.
Abreu suffered the injury after fouling a ball off his leg several days earlier. He was getting treatment throughout the day Saturday before his two RBI gave him 100 for the fourth consecutive season.
Abreu joined Joe DiMaggio and Albert Pujols as the only players in major-league history to begin their careers with four seasons of at least 25 home runs and 100 RBI.
‘‘He did everything he could to stay on the field [Saturday], and he was able to accomplish a personal feat,’’ manager Rick Renteria said.
Renteria said Abreu might miss another game, depending on how he feels.
Outfielder Avisail Garcia knows playing at 20 pounds less than his weight last season has contributed to a breakout performance.
‘‘This offseason, I have to do the same, even harder,’’ he said. ‘‘I want to keep losing a little bit more. I want to feel way better next year.’’
Garcia made the All-Star team and has kept up his production despite spending some time on the disabled list. He was 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in the Sox’ 8-1 victory against the Royals.
‘‘It’s the first time in my career I have 18 homers and 80 RBI,’’ said Garcia, who’s hitting .331. ‘‘That’s big.
‘‘We always set goals. I’m just thankful, and I have to keep [doing] the same — the same routine, the same everything — and work hard every day, every month, every year, so I can bring the best for my team.’’
The sports world’s stand against President Donald Trump’s criticism of athletes’ protests during the national anthem was a focal point around the country, but all the Sox and Royals stood normally as the anthem was sung.
Asked about Athletics catcher Bruce Maxwell, who became the first baseball player to kneel during the song Saturday, Renteria echoed Major League Baseball’s statement honoring individual rights and inclusivity.
‘‘You emphasize and understand exactly why he’s doing what he’s doing,’’ Renteria said. ‘‘I think baseball in general made a wide statement of how we want the game to include everybody, basically, and support everybody.’’
This and that
Right-hander Carson Fulmer is expected to make his next start Tuesday, but the team hasn’t officially listed him because of a blister problem. Fulmer said he expects to be ready.
•Shortstop Tim Anderson has a career-high 15-game hitting streak, the longest by a Sox player this season. He is hitting .415
(27-for-65) during the streak.
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