Alvarez went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Yankees. Alvarez singled in the first inning before taking J.A. Happ deep in the fifth inning, ending the southpaw's outing. The home run was the youngster's second in as many games and seventh since joining the Astros on June 9. Through 12 games with the big club, Alvarez is now slashing .333/.429/.813 with 16 RBI.
Alvarez went 2-for-5 with a home run, double, two RBI and a run scored Thursday against the Yankees. Alvarez took Tommy Kahnle deep in the sixth inning to record his fifth home run of the season. He followed that up with an RBI double in the ninth frame to bring the Astros within four runs. Alvarez has continuously impressed since making his major-league debut June 9, recording at least one hit in seven on his nine starts -- including seven extra-base knocks.
Alvarez is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports. Alvarez drew starts in left field for the first two games of the series in Cincinnati, but the lack of the designated hitter being available will cost him a spot in the lineup in the series finale. Since popping off for four home runs and six walks over his first five big-league starts, Alvarez has gone 2-for-13 with a 0:4 BB:K.
Alvarez is expected to play left field at some point during the Astros' three-game series that begins Monday against the Reds in Cincinnati, David Barron of the Houston Chronicle reports. Alvarez was back at designated hitter Sunday after a flawless day in the field Saturday, when he made three putouts and handled everything that came his way. He's going to be the primary DH going forward, but manager AJ Hinch downplayed any concerns about Alvarez's ability to play the field. "You come up and predominantly you're going to be a DH, and people confuse that with not being useful in the outfield," the manager said. "He made some nice catches and made a running catch. He looked, I'll even call it graceful for a guy that size." With several regulars out of the lineup, the Astros could use Alvarez's bat, which has produced four home runs in 21 at-bats.
Alvarez went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in a 7-2 victory over the Blue Jays on Saturday. The 21-year-old couldn't have asked for a better start to his major-league career. He has four home runs in his first five games, and Alvarez has gone 3-for-4 in both of his last two contests. Alvarez is slashing .471/.609/1.176 with eight RBI and eight runs in 23 plate appearances in the bigs.
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