Stat of the day: Home runs in past calendar year

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Taken from FanGraphs:

Albert Pujols – 51
Ryan Howard -43
Carlos Pena – 41
Miguel Cabrera – 39
Prince Fielder – 39
Adam Dunn – 39
Adrian Gonzalez – 38
Mark Teixeira – 37
Raul Ibanez – 35
Jermaine Dye – 34
Alex Rodriguez – 34
Jason Bay – 34
Mark Reynolds – 34

By the way, if we handed out superlatives for the past year, Albert
Pujols would win the Triple Crown. He leads the National League with a
.351 batting average (only Joe Mauer’s .355 BA bests him) and the
majors with 152 RBI in that time. The next closest run producer is
Justin Morneau, who has knocked in 131 runs in the past year.

Dodgers activate Adrian Gonzalez

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The Dodgers have reinstated first baseman Adrian Gonzalez from the 60-day disabled list after his recovery from a herniated disc. To make room for him they have optioned Rob Segedin to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Gonzalez last played on June 11. Since then the Dodgers have gone an astounding 46-9, with shoe-in rookie of the year candidate Cody Bellinger handling first base duties and posting a .978 OPS. When Gonzalez went down he was hitting .255/.304/.339 and only one homer in 49 games.

It’ll be interesting to see what kind of playing time he gets going forward. The Dodgers, of course, have a comfortable lead in the NL West, so they could afford to allow Gonzalez to play a good bit to see if his bat sharpens up while simultaneously giving Bellinger, who has never played more than 137 games in a season, a bit of a breather. Beyond that, though, the Dodgers ain’t broke, so it’s hard to see why anyone would want to tinker with things.

Rays activate Kevin Kiermaier

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The Tampa Bay Rays have activated outfielder Kevin Kiermaier from the 60-day disabled list.

Kiermaier, who fractured his hip in early June, is batting leadoff and playing center field in tonight’s game against the Mariners. He was just 3-for-24 on his rehab assignment, but those aren’t usually predictive of anything. He was hitting .258/.329/.408 when he went down. Getting his bat — and, more importantly, his glove — back in the lineup will boost the struggling Rays in their quest for a playoff spot.