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 Posted: Fri Sep 23rd, 2016 06:38 am
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Albert Pujols just keeps on moving up the ranks of the game's greatest hitters.

The Los Angeles Angels slugger hammered a two-run home run off Houston Astros starter Mike Fiers on Thursday night to break a tie with Frank Robinson for 20th place all time in RBIs.

Home run #️⃣5️⃣9️⃣1️⃣ gives the #Angels a 2-0 lead!

🔼2️⃣ in Houston. pic.twitter.com/bbKlHiZXJu

— Angels (@Angels) September 23, 2016
The 36-year-old pushed his RBI total for the season to 116, his most since knocking in 118 in 2010.

With the blast, Pujols also moved himself within nine home runs of 600, which has only been accomplished by eight players in the history of baseball.

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The Detroit Tigers have a storied franchise that dates back to 1901.
But this has never happened before.
After Victor Martinez belted home run No. 25 in Thursday's win over theMinnesota Twins, the Tigers officially had four players with 25 home runs or more for the first time in franchise history.

PLAYER                   HR                AB         TIMES ACHIEVED
Miguel Cabrera        34                556         12


Ian Kinsler               26               582          4


Victor Martinez         25               527          3


Justin Upton             25              533           6


The Tigers are rolling, winning three in a row en route to sitting a 1/2 game behind the Baltimore Orioles for an American League wild-card spot.

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Brian Dozier made history in the Twins' 9-2 loss to the Tigers on Thursday afternoon in Game 1 of a split doubleheader, as he connected on his 42nd homer of the year and his 40th while playing second base, which set an American League record for homers hit by a second baseman.

Dozier became only the fourth player in Major League history to reach 40 homers while playing second base, joining Rogers Hornsby (42), Davey Johnson (42) and Ryne Sandberg (40). Johnson holds the MLB record for homers hit by a player who primarily played second base with 43, so Dozier can tie the record with one more blast. He also scored his 100th run and extended his hit streak to 24 games with the homer.

"Dozier scored his 100th run and set the American League record, but unfortunately for him, we haven't been able to celebrate many of those home runs with the losses," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "But his impressive run continues, and he kept his streak alive."


Dozier's 42nd homer of the year came in the first inning, as he crushed a 2-0 fastball from right-hander Anibal Sanchez into the second deck for a leadoff homer to tie the score at 1. Dozier's 19th career leadoff homer left the bat at 103 mph and went a projected 392 feet, per Statcast™. The homer also moved Dozier into a tie with the Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion for the second-most homers in the Majors this year. The Orioles' Mark Trumbo leads with 43 homers. The last Twins player to lead the Majors in home runs was Hall of Famer Harmon Killebrew (49) in 1969.


Dozier's 24-game hit streak is the longest by a Twins player since Lenny Green hit safely in 24 consecutive games in 1961. It's tied for the third-longest streak in Minnesota history. Ken Landreaux holds the club record with a 31-game hit streak in '80.
The homer also gave Dozier his 100th run of the season, which marked his third straight year of scoring at least 100 runs. He's only the second Twins player to accomplish the feat, joining Chuck Knoblauch, who did it from 1995-97.
The homer was Dozier's 82nd extra-base hit of the year, which is two shy of the club record of 84 set by Tony Oliva in 1964. He's also one RBI shy of 100 on the year. The last Twins player with at least 100 runs and 100 RBIs in a season was Michael Cuddyer in 2006. It's only been accomplished eight times in franchise history.

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The Washington Nationals have shut down second baseman Daniel Murphy for the next few days after an MRI on Friday revealed a strain in his buttocks.

Murphy hasn't started for the Nationals since Sept. 17 because of the ailment, and he's expected to be out of the lineup throughout his club's weekend series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The 31-year-old NL MVP candidate told his manager Dusty Baker it doesn't hurt to hit, just run, according to Chelsea James of the Washington Post, so he might be able to take some hacks over the weekend to see how it feels.

Stephen Drew will start his third consecutive game at second in place of Murphy on Friday.

Murphy is having a remarkable first season in Washington, hitting .347/.391/.596 with 25 home runs and 104 RBIs.

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David Ortiz continued to cement his name among the legends of baseball Friday after hammering an offering from Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Chris Archer off the catwalk at Tropicana Field.

With the two-run blast, the Boston Red Sox slugger tied Lou Gehrig for the 10th-most extra-base hits in MLB history.

He also recorded his 124th RBI, which is the most in a player's final season since RBIs became an official stat in 1920, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The previous record was held by Shoeless Joe Jackson.

Ortiz has always been a fan of hitting against the Rays, too. The home run was the 53rd of his career against Tampa Bay, which is tied for his third-most against any single opponent, according to ESPN Stats & Info. The only player with more dingers against the Rays is Alex Rodriguez (56).

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The Chicago Cubs' magical season continued with yet another win Friday as they shut out NL Central counterparts the St. Louis Cardinals 5-0.

Thanks to a dominant pitching performance from right-hander Jake Arrieta - who tossed seven innings of shutout ball, which included 10 strikeouts - the Cubs earned their 98th victory of the season, hitting the mark for the first time since 1945, while also tying a franchise record for wins at Wrigley Field with 56.

The #Cubs tied a franchise record with 56 wins at Wrigley Field this season.

We've won 98 games for the first time since 1945. #FlyTheW pic.twitter.com/hD7H48W990

— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) September 23, 2016
Chicago's 98-55 record is the best in baseball, and their 56 wins at home is tops around the league as well.

They will clinch home-field advantage in the National League portion of the postseason if the Washington Nationals lose at PNC Park tonight against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Cubs have already clinched a playoff spot - the only team in baseball to do so thus far.

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.@TreyMancini becomes 3rd player in @MLB history to homer in his first 3 starts (Trevor Story, Carlos Quentin). pic.twitter.com/zWB03aZ4Cm

— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) September 25, 2016
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter has found his spark plug in Trey Mancini.

The 24-year-old rookie joined Carlos Quentin and Trevor Story as the only players in MLB history to homer in each of their first three starts, after Mancini belted a solo home run in the fourth inning Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Mancini made his major-league debut Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox in front of friends and family, homering in his second-career at-bat off Eduardo Rodriguez.

He'd homer once again Thursday, taking David Price deep for a three-run shot to become the first player in franchise history to hit a home run in each of his first two MLB starts.

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The New York Yankees' offense has gone to sleep at the absolute worst possible time.

Thanks to a game-winning three-run homer off the bat of Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista, and seven dominant innings of one-hit ball from right-hander Marcus Stroman on Saturday, the Yankees were shut out yet again.

New York's zero in the runs column marked the third consecutive game, and sixth time this month, the club's been shut out. The Yankees have been shut out in three straight games for the first time since 1975, according to The Associated Press.

They hit a meager .152 over their past three games, including 24 strikeouts, and left 45 men on base. They've received next to no production from the heart of their lineup, either.

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.@TreyMancini becomes 3rd player in @MLB history to homer in his first 3 starts (Trevor Story, Carlos Quentin). pic.twitter.com/zWB03aZ4Cm

— MLB Stat of the Day (@MLBStatoftheDay) September 25, 2016
Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter has found his spark plug in Trey Mancini.

The 24-year-old rookie joined Carlos Quentin and Trevor Story as the only players in MLB history to homer in each of their first three starts, after Mancini belted a solo home run in the fourth inning Saturday against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Mancini made his major-league debut Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox in front of friends and family, homering in his second-career at-bat off Eduardo Rodriguez.

He'd homer once again Thursday, taking David Price deep for a three-run shot to become the first player in franchise history to hit a home run in each of his first two MLB starts.

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Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell told reporters Saturday that injured third baseman Pablo Sandoval is "well ahead of schedule" in his recovery from shoulder surgery, and could return this season if needed.

The news comes as a surprise given Sandoval's tumultuous first month of the campaign, which began with him losing the starting third base job to Travis Shaw, and unceremoniously ended when he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum. Speaking to the media ahead of his team's matinee tilt at Tampa Bay, Farrell said Sandoval's shoulder has shown significant improvement and he's already appeared in two instructional games as the designated hitter.

"You can never forecast injury, you can never forecast what takes place ahead," Farrell said, according to Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald. "Nothing has been ruled out with Pablo. Particularly with how he’s responding."

The first-place Red Sox have surged of late, winning nine straight to take control of a once-crowded AL East. But despite their high-powered offense - the Red Sox have scored 75 more runs than the next closest team in the AL - Boston has struggled mightily to generate production from the hot corner, ranking last in the majors with a .697 OPS.

"We're not getting too far ahead of ourselves, here," Farrell said. "But at the same time, compliment him for the work that he's put in. The way he's responded to the rehab. The way he's worked himself back into better condition. So we're staying open-minded."

The club's offensive woes at third have worsened since the All-Star break. Shaw is batting .204 with 0.1 WAR while top prospect Yoan Moncada has looked overmatched since being promoted earlier this month. Boston's other option at third, Aaron Hill, whom the club acquired in July, has also struggled, batting .219/.287/.276 with one homer in 40 games.

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The Boston Red Sox are heading to the postseason.

After defeating the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 on Saturday - thanks to some late-inning heroics courtesy of second baseman Dustin Pedroia - the Red Sox won their 10th consecutive game and clinched a playoff berth in the process. It was the first time the Red Sox have won 10 consecutive games since 1949.

The math behind the postseason is odd, but Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal sums it up nicely.

Magic number to beat BAL: 1
Magic number to beat TOR: 3
Because they play three times, TOR must lose three times or BAL must lose once. https://t.co/pUgWdzoUSS

— Brian MacPherson (@brianmacp) September 25, 2016
The turnaround for the Red Sox is remarkable, considering they finished 2015 in last place in the American League East with a 78-84 record. They currently lead the division at 91-64.

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For a second straight start, Madison Bumgarner has broken a franchise record.

The San Francisco Giants ace set the single-season franchise record for strikeouts by a left-hander on Saturday with his 245th of the year to best Cy Seymour's mark set in 1898. This comes after Bumgarner broke the franchise record for career strikeouts by a lefty on Monday.

It's been another strong year for the four-time All-Star, who continues to add to his career high in strikeouts. He entered his start Saturday against the San Diego Padres with a 14-9 record to go with a career-low 2.57 ERA.

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lobo316 wrote: For a second straight start, Madison Bumgarner has broken a franchise record.

The San Francisco Giants ace set the single-season franchise record for strikeouts by a left-hander on Saturday with his 245th of the year to best Cy Seymour's mark set in 1898. This comes after Bumgarner broke the franchise record for career strikeouts by a lefty on Monday.

It's been another strong year for the four-time All-Star, who continues to add to his career high in strikeouts. He entered his start Saturday against the San Diego Padres with a 14-9 record to go with a career-low 2.57 ERA.
He also got his ass smacked around by the AAA Padres. 6 run lead and he gave it all back.



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The Boston Red Sox pitching staff is dealing.

Over nine innings of play, Boston's staff struck out 11 straight Tampa Bay Rays hitters Sunday, breaking the major-league record for most consecutive strikeouts in a game.

The previous record was held by former New York Mets right-hander Tom Seaver, who struck out 10 straight hitters in 1970.

Not only that, but with a strikeout to end the ninth, sending the game into extras, Boston's staff also struck out an MLB-record 21 batters over nine innings.

Coming into Sunday's game, the Boston bullpen owned a 3.52 ERA while giving up 46 homers, good for second-best in the American League.

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After defeating the division-rival St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field on Sunday, the Chicago Cubs' incredible 2016 campaign earned them a place in the record books, setting a franchise record with their 57th win at home.

The Cubs also reached 99 wins for the first time since 1935 with Sunday's victory over the Cardinals.

Chicago's home record of 57-24 and its overall mark of 99-56 are both tops in all of baseball.

The Cubs also secured home-field advantage through the NLCS earlier this week.

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