Jose Abreu sets MLB rookie record for April RBIs with 31

Chicago White Sox first basemanJose Abreu has set a major league rookie record for runs batted in through the end of April, driving in four on Sunday to give him 31 on the season.

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White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu hits a two-run homer against Tampa Bay in the sixth inning on Sunday to set the major league rookie record for RBIs in April. He drove in four runs on the day to give him 31 RBIs in the first month of the season. (David Banks/Getty Images)

Jose Abreu says he didn't expect this much success, especially in cold weather.

Yet he set another rookie record on Sunday.

Abreu drove in four runs and set a major league rookie record for runs batted in through the end of April and the Chicago White Sox beat the Tampa Bay Rays 9-2 on Sunday.

Abreu, who had a two-run home run in the sixth and a two-run single in the seventh, has 31 RBIs to lead the majors. Albert Pujols had the previous rookie RBI mark of 27 in 2001.

"He's pretty strong," said Rays manager Joe Maddon of Abreu. "I've been talking about how impressive he's been this series. He is good. He's gonna get better."

Abreu's homer was his major league-leading 10th and extended his own record for home runs by a rookie through April.

"I go to the field to play baseball, help the team," Abreu said through a translator.

"I really don't go looking for records, but they're definitely welcome. That's not something that I go looking for, but it's a nice thing."

The White Sox started their season on March 31 and Abreu drove in one run that day.


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