CHICAGO -- White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu wasn't about to predict Monday whether he could keep up his torrid start to the season in the second half.
The Sox tried to temper expectations for the Cuban rookie before the season, but he entered Monday tied for the major league lead with 25 home runs and among the top five in baseball with 64 RBIs.
Abreu hasn't been one to pump up his accomplishments in the first three months of his career, and he maintained that line before the opener of the three-game Sox series with the Angels at U.S. Cellular Field was rained out. The Sox will make up the game in a doubleheader Tuesday starting at 5:10 p.m. EDT, with the second game following at 8:10 p.m., or 30 minutes after the first.
"I can't predict what's going to happen, but the only thing I can tell you is my preparation is going to be there and I want to stay healthy," Abreu said through a team interpreter. "If that happens, that's all we really have control over. We just continue to do the same things we've been doing, and we'll see if we continue to have the same success."
Except for the time he spent struggling with a sore ankle in May, including a stint on the 15-day disabled list, he has maintained a fairly consistent pace to his production. Entering Monday, Abreu was on pace to tie Mark McGwire's major league rookie record and Albert Belle's Sox record of 49 home runs in a season.
Sox manager Robin Ventura said Monday that he has seen Abreu make subtle adjustments to his game since his debut.
"He's starting to understand when people are going to pitch to him and when they're going to pitch around him," Ventura said. "Early on, he was swinging a lot, being very aggressive on situations where guys were going to pitch around him no matter who was batting behind him.
"There are just some teams that aren't going to give him anything to hit, and I think smarter pitchers are going to do that where they just throw something out there hoping he'll swing. He's getting a lot better at just understanding that -- when to be aggressive, when not to."
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