Alex Ríos
American baseball player
Alex Ríos
Alexis Israel "Alex" Ríos is a Puerto Rican-American Major League Baseball (MLB) outfielder who plays for the Chicago White Sox. He bats and throws right-handed.
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Royals don't pick up options on Alex Rios, Jeremy Guthrie
LATimes - over 1 year
The World Series champion Royals have declined mutual options on right fielder Alex Rios and starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. Rios, 34, had a $12.5-million option with a $1.5-million buyout, and Guthrie, 36, had a $10-million option with a $3.2-million buyout. Rios struggled much of the season...
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New York Mets Win Game 3 Of 2015 World Series
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Noah Syndergaard and the New York Mets wanted to send a strong message to the Kansas City Royals on the very first pitch of World Series Game 3. With a high-90s fastball up and in to Alcides Escobar, the 23-year-old pitcher jolted the Citi Field crowd and seemed to tell the Royals: "We aren't done yet." With a raucous home crowd behind them, New York beat Kansas City 9-3 on Friday night and cut the series deficit to 2-1. In Game 3, the Mets had a much-needed offensive outburst after scoring just one run on Wednesday in Game 2. Veterans David Wright and Curtis Granderson led the charge at the plate, each hitting a two-run home run to give the Mets the lead. Granderson's third-inning homer gave New York a lead that they would not relinquish.  Despite giving up a run in the first inning and two runs in the second, Syndergaard battled through six innings, giving up a total of seven hits and three runs. The top of the sixth proved to be the turning point in the game for the pi ...
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Royal Rios Gives Blue Jays Fans More Reason to Boo
NYTimes - over 1 year
Former Blue Jay Alex Rios has been the main target of Toronto fans' hostility during the American League Championship Series and on Tuesday the big Kansas City outfielder gave them more reason to jeer.
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Road to Playoffs Can Be Long, Brutal Grind _ or Rapid Ride
NYTimes - over 1 year
Alex Rios bounced through four organizations and played nearly 1,700 games before he finally appeared in a postseason game with the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.
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Royals outfielder Alex Rios breaks hand, out indefinitely
Chicago Times - almost 2 years
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Kansas City Royals have suffered their first loss of the season: Right fielder Alex Rios was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a broken bone in his left hand.
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Royals Hope To Repeat 2014 Success
Here And Now - WBUR - almost 2 years
Alex Rios #15 of the Kansas City Royals celebrates with teammates after hitting a first inning home run against the Texas Rangers on March 4, 2015 in Surprise, Arizona. (Norm Hall/Getty Images) It’s April and that means Opening Day for baseball is this weekend. Last year, the unexpected late-season surge by the Kansas City Royals caught the country by surprise. Though the Royals are the defending American League champions, experts don’t rate their chances very high of even making the playoffs again this year. But as Greg Echlin from Here & Now contributor KCUR reports, that hasn’t dampened the spirit of the team or its fans. Reporter Greg Echlin, sports reporter for KCUR in Kansas City, Mo.
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Alex Rios Homers Again as Royals Hold Off Reds 3-2
NYTimes - almost 2 years
Alex Rios hit his third homer of the spring, Danny Duffy was sharp in his return to the mound and the Kansas City Royals beat the Cincinnati Reds 3-2 on Saturday.
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Rangers' Rios leaves game with sprained ankle
Fox News - over 2 years
Toronto, ON ( - Texas Rangers outfielder Alex Rios exited during the first inning of Saturday's game against Toronto with a right ankle sprain.Rios suffered the injury while swinging at the first pitch with two outs in the opening frame
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American League Game Capsules
Fox News - over 3 years
The Texas Rangers kept their playoff hopes alive with a 7-4 victory over the LA Angels of Anaheim in the third test of a four-game series Saturday. The Rangers are tied with Tampa Bay for the second AL wild-card spot, one game behind Cleveland. The Rays lost to the Blue Jays on Saturday and the Indians beat the Twins. Alex Rios, A.J. Pierzynski and Craig Gentry each had an RBI for Texas, which has won six in a row. Derek Holland got the start for the Rangers and allowed four runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings. Joakim Soria (1-0) tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to pick up the win. Mike Trout knocked in two runs for the Angels, who committed five errors. Howie Kendrick and Collin Cowgill added an RBI apiece. Angels starter Garrett Richards (7-8) gave up six runs -- three earned -- on six hits over 4 1/3 innings.
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Alex Rios hits for the cycle, leads explosive Rangers offense in much-needed win
Star Telegram- blogs - over 3 years
Derek Holland also contributes with his second shutout of the season.
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Rangers rally to down Angels, avert sweep
Fox News - over 3 years
Alex Rios doubled in the go-ahead run in the seventh inning, and the visiting Texas Rangers avoided a three-game sweep by posting a 4-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
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Sox Top Astros 6-1
Huffington Post - over 3 years
CHICAGO — Chris Sale struck out 12 over eight-plus dominant innings and Avisail Garcia hit a three-run homer to lead the Chicago White Sox to a 6-1 win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. Garcia finished with three hits for the White Sox, who have won 10 of their last 12 games. Sale (10-12) bounced back from an embarrassing start Friday night against Texas in which he allowed a career-worst four home runs. Against Houston, he gave up only one run on four hits and left to standing ovation after allowing his second walk of the game. After posting a 1.93 ERA while winning his previous three starts, Sale matched a career high by allowing eight runs over seven innings in an 11-5 loss to Texas. He said he was also embarrassed by how he treated home plate umpire Jerry Layne and the emotions he displayed in the dugout. Sale was more in control Wednesday night. The left-hander struck out the side in the first inning then got Robbie Grossman looking to end the ...
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Rangers Homer 5 Times In Win Over Sox
Huffington Post - over 3 years
CHICAGO -- Ian Kinsler raced around the bases for a bizarre inside-the-park homer and Adam Rosales had a conventional two-run shot, helping the Texas Rangers beat the Chicago White Sox 11-5 on Friday night. The AL West-leading Rangers (75-53) had five homers in all while winning for the 19th time in 23 games to move a season-high 22 games over .500. Jeff Baker and pinch hitter Mitch Moreland each had two-run shot, and Adrian Beltre belted a solo drive. The White Sox were unable to overcome a shaky outing by ace Chris Sale, ending a season-high six-game winning streak. Sale (9-12) allowed eight runs and eight hits in seven innings. A.J. Pierzynski and Alex Rios each had a nice night in their return to U.S. Cellular Field for the first time since leaving the White Sox. Pierzynski, who signed with Texas as a free agent in the offseason, went 1 for 4 with a sacrifice fly. Rios, who was traded to the Rangers on Aug. 9, had two hits and scored two runs. Pierzynski ...
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  • 2015
    Age 34
    Rios was just as pivotal in the 2015 American League Championship Series, batting .368 with a homer and three runs batted in.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the season, the Kansas City Royals won the World Series, giving Rios his first championship ring. Rios participated in the 2013 World Baseball Classic playing for Puerto Rico. Although Rios slumped for most of the tournament, he hit a clutch 2-run home run against Japan in the semifinals and handed Puerto Rico its first WBC Finals appearance. They would go on to be defeated by Dominican Republic 3-0 in the finals.
    In Game 4 of the 2015 American League Division Series, Rios hit a leadoff single in the top of the eighth inning, sparking a five run inning that erased a four run deficit and forced a Game 5 of the series.
    More Details Hide Details In Game 5, Rios hit a two RBI double in the bottom of the fifth inning, driving in what proved to be the winning runs of the game.
    While he had a down year with Kansas City, Rios had many notable moments in the 2015 MLB Playoffs.
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    For the 2015 season, Rios hit .255 with 4 home runs and 32 RBIs while appearing in 105 games.
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    A World Series champion with the Royals in 2015 over the New York Mets, Rios is also a two-time MLB All-Star selection.
    More Details Hide Details In 2013, he hit for the cycle and achieved six hits in one game. In 2007, he was a Fielding Bible Award winner for right fielders. He is a three-time World Baseball Classic participant with Puerto Rico. Ríos was drafted in the first round (19th overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1999 MLB draft. A top prospect in the Blue Jays organization for several years, Ríos had considerable success in the organization's minor league system. In he hit .352 with 11 home runs and 82 RBIs en route to winning the Double-A Eastern League Most Valuable Player award. Ríos was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse for the start of the season and made the jump to the big leagues shortly thereafter. He finished his rookie season with Toronto hitting .286 with one home run, 55 runs and 28 RBI in 111 games.
  • 2013
    Age 32
    Rios hit for the cycle against the Houston Astros on September 23, 2013.
    More Details Hide Details In all of 2013, Ríos hit .278/.324/.432 with 18 HR, 81 RBI and 42 SB. The Rangers declined Ríos' option for the 2015 season. Ríos signed a one-year contract with the Kansas City Royals on December 19, 2014, worth $9.5 million. The contract includes an option for the 2016 season. In his Royals debut, Rios hit a 3-run home run in a Royals win to cap off a three-hit game.
    On August 8, 2013, Rios was claimed off waivers by the Texas Rangers, and was traded to them on August 9 for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
    More Details Hide Details Leury Garcia was announced as the player to be named later on August 11. He became the team's starting right fielder, replacing the suspended Nelson Cruz.
    Ríos was the starting right fielder for 2013 until his trade.
    More Details Hide Details After the trade, Jordan Danks and Avisail García took over. In 599 games over 5 years for Chicago, he hit .269/.310/.430 with 74 HR, 287 RBI, and 99 SB.
    On July 9, 2013, Rios collected 6 hits in a game (tied AL record) in an 11-4 win over the Tigers.
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  • 2010
    Age 29
    Rios batted .284, with 21 home runs, 88 RBI and a .334 on-base percentage for the White Sox in 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 28
    On August 10, 2009, Rios was officially claimed off waivers by the Chicago White Sox.
    More Details Hide Details After being claimed off of waivers by the Chicago White Sox on August 10, Rios batted .199, with 3 home runs, 9 RBI and a .296 on-base percentage in 146 at bats over 41 games.
    The Toronto Blue Jays placed Rios on waivers on August 7, 2009.
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  • 2008
    Age 27
    He finished the 2008 season with a slight statistical decline: .291 average, 15 home runs, 32 stolen bases, and 79 runs batted in.
    More Details Hide Details The home run total tied him with Lyle Overbay for the Blue Jays' second most home runs that season (only Vernon Wells had more with 20). Ríos also set a career high in home runs after the All-Star Break that year. On June 4 against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Ríos struck out in all five of his plate appearances, also known as the platinum sombrero, in a 6–5 loss to the Angels at Rogers Centre. Later that day Ríos was videotaped cursing a heckling fan after he walked past a child seeking an autograph while leaving a fundraising gala for the Jays Care Foundation. Ríos has since publicly apologized for the incident.
    Rios signed a seven-year contract with the Blue Jays in April 2008 for a guaranteed amount of $69,835,000: $5.9 million in 2009, $9.7 million in 2010, $12 million each in 2011 and 2012 and $12.5 million each in 2013 and 2014.
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  • 2007
    Age 26
    In 2007, he had the lowest range factor of all major league right fielders, 1.82.
    More Details Hide Details Ríos was honored with a Fielding Bible Award as the best fielding right fielder in MLB. He was voted the Blue Jays Player of the Year.
    Ríos' performance earned him a spot as a reserve on the American League All-Star team and he also agreed to participate in the 2007 State Farm Home Run Derby.
    More Details Hide Details He led all competitors by hitting 19 home runs throughout the contest, but the final round was won by Vladimir Guerrero of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Ríos fielded the last out in the All-Star game. He led the team in all offensive categories during the first half of the season but slumped after the All-Star Break, with his hitting average settling to slightly below .300, and was overtaken by teammate Frank Thomas as HR and RBI leader.
  • 2006
    Age 25
    Alex said in an interview that he fouled a ball off his foot which resulted in a staph infection and a hospitalization, seriously depleting his strength, and affecting his stats after the 2006 All Star Game.
    More Details Hide Details On February 2, 2007 the Blue Jays and Ríos agreed to a 1-year, $2.535 million contract—meaning that, for at least the next year, the two parties will avoid the process of salary arbitration.
    He then had his first multi-home run game on June 12, 2006, facing the Baltimore Orioles at the Rogers Centre.
    More Details Hide Details He was often given as an example of what is known in baseball as a "five-tool player". In recognition of his outstanding third season in the majors, the young outfielder was rewarded with a spot as a reserve on the American League All-Star Team. While Ríos did not play in the game due to a staph infection in his leg he was invited to attend the All Star Game festivities during the July 10 weekend at PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
    After his participation with the Puerto Rican team in the World Baseball Classic, Ríos began to show why the Blue Jays valued him so highly in his break-out 2006 season.
    More Details Hide Details By June 6, 2006, Ríos was 1st in the league in batting average (among qualified batters) with a .359 average, along with 11 home runs — a new personal best only 60 games into the 2006 season, and 43 RBIs.
  • 1981
    Age 0
    Born on February 18, 1981.
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