Rays’ Isaac Paredes adds to record-setting power show

ST. PETERSBURG — Isaac Paredes made headlines Tuesday night, hitting three home runs to tie the Rays’ franchise record for most in a game.

What could he do for an encore Wednesday?

He made history.

By homering his first time up against the Yankees, Paredes became the first Rays player in their 25 seasons to homer in four consecutive at-bats. (He was hit by a pitch during his fourth time to the plate Tuesday.)

And the first in the majors to do since Jose Abreu for the White Sox (Aug. 22-23, 2020).

Further, per Elias Sports, Paredes joined Bo Jackson as the only players to do so against the Yankees in the expansion era (since 1961). Jackson did so over a span of four seasons (1990-93); Paredes in two days.

The power display gave him a team-leading nine homers, all coming in his past 24 games (20 starts).

“In general, I’m feeling really good,’’ he said, via team interpreter Manny Navarro. “I think we just have to continue to work, continue to work, and stick to the same routine and see what happens.’’

Tuesday was exciting enough for Paredes, the 23-year-old from Mexico whom the Rays acquired from Detroit in early April for Austin Meadows.

Making it better was getting more text messages than he could keep track of from former Tigers teammates and other big-leaguers, and having a late-night call with his parents, who watched the game at home…

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