Robinson Cano Joins 2 Others with 300-Plus Homers as 2nd Baseman

Seattle Mariners veteran Robinson Cano went 1-for-4 with a home run during Thursday's 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers. In doing so, he became just the third second baseman in MLB history to have recorded 300 or more homers, per Sportsnet Stats.

Not normally a position of power, Cano's unique strength as a second baseman has been on display for most of his 13-year career. As a rookie with the New York Yankees, he went yard 14 times and took second in Rookie of the Year voting.

His real breakout as a slugger occurred in 2009, when he cranked out 25 round-trippers. He also finished a solid 17th in American League Most Valuable Player voting that season, slashing .320/.352/.520 and driving in 85 runs.

His prime years were between 2010 and 2014, however. Over that stretch, Cano slashed .312/.375/.518 while averaging 26 homers and 102 runs batted in per season. He also collected four Silver Sluggers, two Gold Gloves and never finished worse than sixth in MVP voting.

Cano, at 34, is putting together another quality campaign with the Mariners—the organization he's been a part of for the past four seasons. Over his 141 games played, the eight-time All-Star has hit 22 home runs, recorded 93 RBI and ranks fourth on a loaded Seattle offense in on-base plus slugging percentage (.805).

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Rhys Hoskins Fastest in MLB History to 45 Career RBI

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins popped a two-run double off Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Josh Fields in the bottom of the fifth inning Thursday, marking his 44th and 45th runs batted in.

Hoskins has only required 41 games to total 45 career RBI, the fewest of any player in MLB history, per ESPN Stats & Info. Joe DiMaggio was the closest in 1936, needing just 43 contests to accomplish the feat while Ted Williams was third-quickest to the mark with 44.

The 24-year-old has hit 18 home runs, providing some theatrics to the early portions of his career. If the 6'4", 225-pounder had played a larger portion of the season, he could be in contention for the NL Rookie of the Year award.

Hoskins was selected by the Phillies in the fifth round of the 2014 MLB draft and has hit for both average and power as he continued to climb up the minor league ranks. Prior to his promotion, Hoskins hit .284 with 29 home runs, 91 RBI and four stolen bases in 115 games at Triple-A.

Although the Phillies (61-92) are one game from having the worst record in MLB this season, Hoskins and a number of other promising young talents are providing a light at the end of the tunnel for the team's fanbase, which hasn't had much to cheer about in recent seasons.

Hoskins and company return to the diamond Friday evening to open a four-game road series against the Atlanta Braves.

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Didi Gregorius Breaks Derek Jeter’s Home Run Record for Yankees Shortstop

New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius went 1-for-4 with a home run during Wednesday's 11-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins. The round-tripper was his 25th of the year, passing Derek Jeter for the most in a season by a Yankees shortstop, per Sportsnet Stats.

Gregorius has emerged as a power threat at the position over the past two seasons. Since 2016, he's recorded 45 home runs in 281 games.

He hasn't been as active on the basepaths as in other seasons, however. He totaled 12 stolen bases from 2015 through 2016 but has managed to swipe just two bags throughout 128 games this season.

That said, the 27-year-old is still having the best year of his career. Gregorius already has career highs in home runs and RBI (84) and is on pace to set career bests in batting average (.291) and OPS (.820).

Gregorius will attempt to build on his great season when the Yankees face off against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday. Marco Estrada, who is 9-8 with a 4.84 ERA and 1.36 WHIP, is set to take the mound for the host Jays.

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Mike Moustakas Breaks Kansas City Royals Single-Season Home Run Record

Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas collected his 37th home run of the season in the sixth inning of Wednesday's contest off of Toronto Blue Jays reliever Carlos Ramirez. The round-tripper pushed him past Steve Balboni for the most single-season homers in franchise history, per Sportsnet Stats.

Prior to 2017, Moustakas hadn't hit more than 22 home runs in a season. With a small power surge, he has an opportunity to reach 40 homers over the final 11 contests of the campaign.

The Royals appeared to be in wild-card contention after a hot streak in the middle of the season, but they have since slid back below the .500 mark (74-77) and sit 3.5 games back of the Minnesota Twins with numerous teams ahead of them in the conversation.

Moustakas' best campaign as a professional earned him his second All-Star nomination, and he could top 90 RBI in a season for the first time in his career with a strong finish.

The 29-year-old third baseman and his teammates return to the diamond Thursday evening for the finale of a three-game set against the Blue Jays before they embark on a trip to the Windy City to face the Chicago White Sox as part of the team's 11-game road trip.

With hitter-friendly environments like the Rogers Centre, Guaranteed Rate Field and a one-game trip to Yankees Stadium on deck, Moustakas has the elements in front of him to become the first player in Royals history to reach the 40-homer milestone.

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Chris Sale Nears Boston Red Sox’s Single-Season 10-Strikeout Game Record

Boston Red Sox ace hurler Chris Sale tossed eight shutout innings Tuesday, collecting 13 strikeouts while allowing just four hits en route to the club's 9-0 blowout victory over the Baltimore Orioles.

Tuesday was the first time since Aug. 29 that Sale had recorded double-digit strikeouts but also the 18th different occasion he's done so during the 2017 season. Should he post another such outing before the season closes, he would tie Pedro Martinez's 19 during the 1999 season for the most in team history, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Sale has dominated hitters this season, mowing down a MLB-high 300 batters via the strikeout. Martinez was also the last American League pitcher to reach the plateau, doing so during the 199 season, per Baseball Reference.

Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was the last to top 300 yards, finishing with 301 strikeouts during the 2015 season. The Big Unit (Randy Johnson) recorded at least 329 strikeouts in five consecutive seasons between 1998-2002, joining Nolan Ryan as the only two players to be on the list six times.

After a down month of August (4.38 ERA over six starts), Sale has rebounded with a 2.63 ERA in September to net a 2-1 record and boost his overall season mark to 17-7.

Sale should start two more contests for the Red Sox the rest of the way, giving him an opportunity to both catch and pass Pedro Martinez for Boston's all-time record. His next scheduled start comes Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays, who he struck out 11 times in his last start against the team.

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Rhys Hoskins Continues to Knock Runs In, Joins Elite Company

Philadelphia Phillies youngblood Rhys Hoskins went 2-for-3 with four runs batted in during Tuesday's 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers. In doing so, he joined Albert Pujols as the only active player to accumulate 40 RBI before playing in his 40th major-league game, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com).

The last time any player on the Phillies drove in 40 RBI across a 40-game stretch was back in 1954 when Del Ennis achieved the feat.

Hoskins came into Tuesday's contest on a 1-for-13 slump. However, his patience helped turn things around, looking at 30 pitches across his four at-bats to drive in his four RBI with a single and double.

He's been hot all September, recording seven multi-RBI efforts. Through his first 17 appearances of the month, Hoskins has slashed .291/.459/.727 with seven homers, 18 RBI and 17 walks.

The left fielder and first baseman will look to continue his impressive debut season when the Phillies face off against the Dodgers once again Wednesday. Set to toe the rubber for Los Angeles is the impressive lefty Alex Wood, who is 15-3 with a 2.69 ERA and 1.06 WHIP.

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Cleveland Indians Set New AL Record with 25-1 Span

The Cleveland Indians took care of business against the Los Angeles Angels by a score of 6-3, marking the third straight victory since a loss to the Kansas City Royals ended the team's 22-game winning streak.

While the club was unable to reel in the 1916 New York Giants and their 27-game unbeaten streak (one tie), the Indians did make history Tuesday with a victory over the Angels. With the win, Cleveland became the first team in American League history to earn 25 wins over a 26-game span, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com).

The 1916 Giants were the last National League team to post such a span, but the record for most in a season belongs to the Providence Grays in 1884. The Grays had a span of 28 wins in 29 games during that season, with 27 of those contests being started by Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn.

Cleveland still has a chance to surpass the Grays for that mark, requiring three more consecutive victories to tie and four to set a new mark with 29 wins in 30 games.

While some of the luster may have deteriorated following the loss, the Indians continued dominance has kept them in the driver's seat for home-field advantage in the American League. Following the victory Tuesday, the club possesses a 1.5-game lead over the Houston Astros for the top spot in the American League.

The Indians will attempt to continue their historic stretch and widen the lead in the AL on Wednesday when they take the field for the second of a three-game road set against the Angels.

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Jose Bautista Ties Unceremonious Blue Jays Single-Season Record

Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista went 0-for-4 during Tuesday's affair against the Kansas City Royals, striking out twice.

Not only was it a poor showing at the dish, but Bautista's two strikeouts gave him 159 for the season. That season total ties the veteran with Jose Canseco (1998) and Kelly Johnson (2012) for the most in a single season in team history, per Sportsnet Stats.

However, Bautista and the Blue Jays have 11 games remaining on the schedule, meaning he will inevitably take sole possession of the top spot if he continues playing on a daily basis.

Major League Baseball, on the whole, has slanted toward the long ball and strikeout. Despite setting a Blue Jays record for strikeouts in 2017, Bautista surprisingly ranks 16th in the majors in the category this season. New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge leads the category with 198 on the season.

Bautista didn't contribute to the stat Tuesday, but he's notched his fair share—22, to be exact—of home runs that led to a league record of 5,707 being set, per Baseball Reference. Further evidence of the trend toward the long ball, Judge also leads the league in homers, likely the reason he still receives everyday at-bats.

Generally, the Blue Jays have ranked among the top teams each season in the home run department. The departure of Edwin Encarnacion in the offseason ate into that total, but the emergence of Justin Smoak has somewhat balanced it out. Toronto ranks 12th in the category in 2017, totaling 206.

Bautista's first shot at setting the strikeout mark arrives Wednesday evening when the Blue Jays take on the Royals in the second of a three-game set.

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Matt Olson Joins Rare Company as Rookie with Powerful 20-Game Stretch

Oakland Athletics rookie Matt Olson went 1-for-3 with a home run during Monday's 8-3 win over the Detroit Tigers. In doing so, he became just the third rookie in MLB history to hit 14 home runs over a 20-game stretch, per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com).

The other two players to achieve the same feat are Rudy York, who set the mark in 1937 with the Detroit Tigersand Mark McGwire, who matched it during the 1987 season with the A's.

Olson has been one of the league's best rookies during 2017. Heading into Tuesday, he ranks seventh in home runs (22) and second in OPS (1.023) of all rookies who've collected at least 100 at-bats this season.

A left-handed batter, Olson has produced more against right-handed pitching this season, boasting a 1.104 OPS against righties compared to .747 against lefties. He's also been a more active hitter at Oakland Coliseum, posting a .301 batting average there compared to .236 during away games.

In addition to his 14 homers over the 20-game stretch, Olson has slashed .311/.400/.892 and has batted in 25 runs. The A's have gone 10-10 since Olson caught fire—a much better winning percentage than their 66-84 overall record heading into Tuesday's action.

The rookie will attempt to continue his power-hitting ways Tuesday when the A's face off against the Tigers. Rookie left-hander Chad Bell, who is 0-3 with a 6.42 ERA and 1.77 WHIP, is set to toe the rubber for the hosts.

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Aaron Judge Draws Within 5 of Mark McGwire’s Rookie Home Run Record

New York Yankees rookie right fielder Aaron Judge cranked a solo shot off of Minnesota Twins starter Ervin Santana during the first inning of Tuesday's 2-1 victory.

Tuesday's bomb marked Judge's 44th of the season, moving him within five of tying Mark McGwire (49 homers) for the most ever by a player in his rookie season, per ESPN Stats & Info. The 25-year-old has 12 more games—assuming he doesn't sit one out—to collect the five homers required to tie.

Judge put his immense power on display early, hitting 10 home runs in April and 27 through the first three months of the season. He added three more in the early portions of July to finish the first half with 30 round-trippers.

The 6'7", 282-pound right fielder made an even bigger name for himself during the 2017 Home Run Derby, winning the competition with ease by besting Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano in the final round.

Although his home run pace has slowed in the second half of the campaign, Judge has still recorded 14 over 205 second-half at-bats to reach his current total. He continues to rack up RBI as well, sitting just three shy of reaching 100 for the campaign.

Judge's biggest drawback remains his struggle to consistently put the bat on the ball. Despite hitting .329 in the first half of the season, Judge struck out in 36.2 percent of his at-bats, a number that would surely lead to a second-half regression.

That regression has hit hard, with Judge's strikeout percentage rising to 43.4 percent with pitchers making adjustments for the towering slugger. His batting average in the second half is just .195, though his 54 walks still keep his on-base percentage at a respectable .363 mark.

Judge appears destined to join the ranks of some of the pure power-hitters in baseball, evidenced by his historic rookie campaign. Although his career batting average may settle lower than where it currently rests (.275), his enormous power and eye at the plate will likely keep him as a staple in the Yankees' lineup for years to come.

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Andrew McCutchen Joins 3 Others in Pirates’ 200-Homer Club

Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen made his presence known early in Wednesday's game against the Milwaukee Brewers, launching a solo home run in the first inning of the tilt to join Willie Stargell, Ralph Kiner and Roberto Clemente in the franchise's 200 home run club, per Sportsnet Stats.

McCutchen had a down season in 2016, posting a career-low .256 batting average and notching just six stolen bases. Although he hasn't completely recovered in the batting average category (.274) this season, he's contributed enough to return his WAR to the positives (2.2) after finishing with a negative mark (-0.7) for the first time in his career last year, per Baseball Reference.

Prior to last season, McCutchen had earned All-Star nominations five straight years and took home a Silver Slugger award four straight campaigns from 2012 to 2015. He was also named the National League's Most Valuable Player in 2013 and finished in the top three in each season between 2012 and 2014.

Unfortunately, the 30-year-old's resurgence this season hasn't been enough to keep the Pirates in contention down the stretch. The Bucs own just a 68-79 record following Wednesday's loss, sitting fourth in the NL Central.

Following a day off Thursday, McCutchen and the Pirates open a three-game weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds at Great American Ballpark on Friday. The club will send Chad Kuhl to the mound to oppose Homer Bailey as the club attempts to break its recent trend of seven losses in the last eight games.

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Paul Goldschmidt Becomes 2nd Diamondbacks Player to 1,000 Hits

Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt smacked two hits Wednesday evening against the Colorado Rockies, going 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored.

Goldschmidt's double also marked a significant milestone for him, becoming the second player in franchise history to reach 1,000 career hits, per ESPN Stats & Info. Only Luis Gonzalez—who had 1,337 hits in his time with the Diamondbacks—can claim more during his career.

Still just 30 years old, Goldschmidt remains under contract with the team through 2018 and has a team option for 2019, giving him ample time to surpass Gonzalez on the list. The Diamondbacks will also likely offer him a contract extension to keep him in town beyond that season.

The model of consistency, Goldschmidt has hit no lower than .286 since his rookies season and has various accolades to his name. Among them are two Gold Glove awards, two Silver Silver Slugger Awards and two runner-up finishes in the MVP voting, all of which occurred in 2013 and 2015.

Goldschmidt is in the midst of one of his best seasons at the dish, already owning 34 home runs and 17 steals along with 112 RBI. He needs just two homers and 13 RBI the rest of the way to tie career-high marks set in 2013.

Thanks in part to Goldschmidt, Arizona has gone on a recent hot streak to move the team into a comfortable position in the playoff race. Entering Thursday's action, the team owns four-game advantage for the top wild-card spot over the Colorado Rockies and a seven-game lead over the Milwaukee Brewers, who sit just out of the wild card.

The Diamondbacks close out their four-game series with the Rockies on Thursday afternoon, sending Zack Godley to the mound while the Rockies trot out Chad Bettis.

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Mookie Betts 1st Player in Red Sox History with 20-20 in Back-to-Back Seasons

Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts went 3-for-5 with two home runs, six RBI and two runs scored Tuesday evening against the Oakland Athletics.

Betts' two round-trippers gave him 21 for the season, making him the first player in team history with back-to-back seasons with both 20 homers and 20 stolen bases, per Sportsnet Stats.

Betts nearly reached the 30-30 club last season, falling four steals short of reaching the elusive plateau. He did, however, post his best campaign of his career, reaching 100 RBI for the first time in his career and earning his first All-Star nomination.

Although Betts is unlikely to reach his 31 homers from last season, he's within two steals of tying last year's total with just 18 games remaining and needs just 13 RBI to reach triple digits for the second straight season.

Still just 24 years old, Betts has emerged as one of the best young outfielders in baseball. After this season, he will hit arbitration for the first time in his career and should see a hefty pay increase from his $950,000 wages this year.

Betts is set to enter the free-agent market following the 2020 season, but it wouldn't be surprising if the Red Sox sign him to a contract extension prior to that season to keep him in Boston.

For now, he and the Red Sox are concentrated on this season, where the club holds a four-game advantage over the New York Yankees heading into Wednesday's action. Boston will take the field again versus the Athletics, who send Jharel Cotton to the mound; the Sox will start Doug Fister.

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Cleveland Indians 4th Team in MLB History with 19 Straight Wins

The Cleveland Indians blew out the Detroit Tigers by a score of 11-0 Monday night, joining just four other teams to earn 19 straight victories, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com).

The impressive string of victories has been equaled only by the 1947 New York Yankees (19 wins), the 2002 Oakland Athletics (20 wins), the 1935 Chicago Cubs (21 wins) and the MLB record of 26 consecutive victories set by the 1916 New York Giants.

Both hitting and pitching held up their ends of the bargain for the Indians on Monday. Shortstop Francisco Lindor led the way offensively for the club, going 2-for-4 with a triple, four RBI and two runs scored. Jose Ramirez added a two-run homer, while starter Carlos Carrasco provided six shutout innings with nine strikeouts.

While some of the recent series have occurred against bottom-dwellers in the AL Central, Cleveland started off the stretch with a victory over the Boston Red Sox and followed that with series sweeps of the Kansas City Royals and New York Yankees and added a sweep of the Baltimore Orioles, all of whom remain in playoff contention.

The team's streak has also put them in the driver's seat for home-field advantage for the playoffs, owning a 1.5-game advantage over the Houston Astros for that honor following Monday's victory.

Cleveland returns to the ballpark Tuesday evening for the second of a three-game set against the Detroit Tigers looking to tie the Athletics for the third-longest streak in MLB history. The Indians send ace Corey Kluber to the mound to square off against the Tigers and starter Matt Boyd.

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Mike Trout Breaks Los Angeles Angels Record for Consecutive Games with a Walk

Los Angeles Angels superstar center fielder Mike Trout drew his 82nd walk of the season during Wednesday's game against the Oakland Athletics.

Trout took his base on balls twice during Wednesday's contest, breaking an Angels record for the most consecutive games with a walk. Trout has now reached base via four balls in 14 straight tilts, breaking the previously held record of 13 set by Albie Pearson in 1961, per Sportsnet Stats.

Although Trout went hitless in the three-game set against the Athletics, he walked five times over that span and added three stolen bases and a run to his ledger. The 26-year-old still owns a .324/.463/.652 batting line on the season with 27 round-trippers and 20 stolen bases, all while missing extensive time early in the season and landing on the disabled list for the first time in his career due to a thumb injury.

Thanks in part to Trout's return, the Angels have worked their way back into the wild card mix, sitting just a half-game back of the Minnesota Twins for the second spot in the American League entering Thursday's action.

Trout and the Angels return to the diamond Friday evening as they open up a three-game series against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. He will look to extend his walk streak in the contest, squaring off against veteran hurler Mike Leake.

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Jose Ramirez Joins Rare Company with Historic 9-Game Offensive Stretch

Cleveland Indians infielder Jose Ramirez went 2-for-5 with two home runs during Tuesday's 9-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. In doing so, he collected his 15th extra-base hit in nine games, becoming only one of three players to do so within one season, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN).

The other two players to achieve the feat are Mel Ott, who did so with the New York Giants in 1929, and Tony Oliva, who did so with the Minnesota Twins in 1969.

Over the nine-game stretch, which started on Aug. 27 against the Kansas City Royals, Ramirez is boasting an absurd 1.814 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. Breaking it down, he's collected seven homers, seven doubles and one triple. 

Ramirez's recent outburst has also helped him climb up the total bases leaderboard, which he now leads with 296 heading into Wednesday's games. He's six bags ahead of the second-place man, Jose Altuve.

On the year, the first-time All-Star is slashing .311/.363/.568 with 25 homers, 69 RBI and 15 stolen bases. He finished 17th in American League Most Valuable Player voting last season, but he's putting together a better campaign this time around, giving him potential to crack the top 10.

Ramirez will try to keep his streak alive Wednesday when the Indians once again take on the White Sox. Reynaldo Lopez, who's 0-2 with a 6.06 ERA and 1.35 WHIP, is set to toe the rubber for Chicago.

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Arizona Diamondbacks Eyeing MLB Record for Consecutive Innings Without Trailing

The Arizona Diamondbacks have not trailed in 98 innings prior to Thursday's series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers and need to avoid falling behind in the first five innings to set the MLB record, per MLB Stat of the Day.

The last time Arizona was behind in a contest was during the third inning of the team's Aug. 25 contest against the San Francisco Giants. Trailing 1-0 coming into the inning, center fielder A.J. Pollock tied the game on a RBI single, and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt gave the Diamondbacks the lead for good, hitting a three-run homer to unclear the bases.

Although it would take a massive collapse on the Dodgers part and continued dominance by the Diamondbacks in order for Arizona to close the 12.5-game gap in the standings, the two clubs are headed in separate directions.

While the Diamondbacks have won each of their last 12 games, the Dodgers have lost 10 of their last 11 contests to significantly reduce a once-massive lead in the NL West. Prior to Los Angeles' loss to the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona's win over the Giants, the lead in the West stood at 20 games.

The D-Backs send Taijuan Walker to the mound to oppose the Dodgers' Kenta Maeda as the division foes square off for the last time during the regular season Thursday.

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J.D. Martinez Makes History Monday with Late-Inning Home Runs

Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder J.D. Martinez stepped to the plate in the seventh inning Monday with a nice day already under his belt, going 1-for-2 with a home run and two RBI after two at-bats. However, his day was just beginning.

Martinez led off the seventh with a solo shot, marking his second round-tripper of the day. The Diamondbacks rolled through the order, allowing Martinez to hit again in the eighth, and he proceeded to go deep once again and made it happen again in the ninth inning, becoming the first player in the modern era to hit home runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth innings of the same game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info).

Since being traded to Arizona on July 18, Martinez has hit .257/.337/.688 with 18 home runs and 40 RBI over 40 games. When combined with his totals from the Detroit Tigers, Martinez has notched 34 homers in 2017 despite missing over a month to begin the season due to a foot ailment.

Martinez's contract runs through the end of the year, but that doesn't guarantee he's done in Arizona. Per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Martinez and Diamondbacks management have mutual interest in keeping him a D-back beyond the season.

For now, Martinez and the Diamondbacks are focused on the 2017 campaign and have recently made a charge up the standings. The club boasts the third-best record in the National League and a 6.5-game lead on a wild-card spot, though it still sits 12.5 games back of the Los Angeles Dodgers for the NL West lead.

The Diamondbacks have a chance to reduce the Dodgers' lead atop the standings again Tuesday in the second of a three-game road set in Los Angeles.

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Ender Inciarte 1st Player Since 1969 with 8 Hits and 5 RBI in a Day

Atlanta Braves outfielder Ender Inciarte went 5-for-5 with four RBI in the club's first contest of a doubleheader Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

While that day at the plate would be impressive in its own right, Inciarte proceeded to collect another three hits and one additional RBI in the second game of the doubleheader. In doing so, he became the first player since Tony Oliva in 1969 to record eight hits and five RBI in a calendar day, per the Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN.com).

Inciarte also joined a group of just four players to record at least four RBI while going 5-for-5 or better twice in a season with the effort. He had previously gone 5-for-5 with five RBI in a game against the Reds in May. Only Joe Carter (1986), Jeff Kent (1999) and Kris Bryant (2016) have done the same since RBI became an official stat in 1920.

The 25-year-old's spectacular output Wednesday builds on an already impressive 2017 campaign. Through 129 games played (132 team games), Inciarte has posted a .310/.352/.411 batting line with a career-high 10 home runs and 19 stolen bases. He has a month left to notch another three thefts to best his previous career-high in the category of 19.

Although he's totaled just three home runs so far following the All-Star break, he's arguably done his best work to the tune of a .326/.356/.418 batting line along with eight steals following the Midsummer Classic. He still has a month to improve on those numbers and returns to the diamond Thursday evening with a chance to do so against the Chicago Cubs.

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Albert Pujols 2nd Player in MLB History with 1,900 RBI in First 17 Seasons

Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols had a tremendous night at the dish Wednesday and surpassed a milestone in the process.

Pujols finished the night 3-for-4 with two home runs and four RBI, becoming the 10th player in MLB history to reach 1,900 career RBI and only the second to do so during the course of his first 17 campaigns, per MLB Stat of the Day. Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig did the same in his 17-year career, collecting 1,995 RBI from 1923-1939.

The Machine has been a staple in the middle of batting orders since he earned his promotion to the majors with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2001. In his 17 seasons since then, Pujols has recorded triple-digit RBI in 13 of 17 chances and has a strong possibility of reaching it again this season. The only time Pujols fell short of 95 RBI in a season came in 2013, when injuries limited him to 99 games.

Through 122 games played in 2017, Pujols has racked up 21 home runs and 83 RBI, scoring 47 runs of his own. However, it's been a struggle for him to make consistent contact at the dish in 2017. He's struck out 80 times so far this season, the most since his 93 punchouts during his rookie campaign.

Pujols and the Angels return to the diamond Friday in Arlington against the Texas Rangers. The team is on the cusp of acquiring Justin Upton from the Detroit Tigers, per Jerry Crasnick of ESPN, so it will be interesting to see the look of the batting order following his addition.

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