Quote of the day: Reggie Jackson re: steroids

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“It bothers me. A lot of Hall of
Famers are very offended by this. I am starting to get affected and I
am hoping that those guys that get caught don’t get into the Hall of
Fame.”

A day after Bob Gibson told ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” how conflicted he and many other players would feel
if steroids were around during his era, a nuanced and surprising
sentiment that he also told Bob Costas last summer, Reggie Jackson chimes in with your stock “steroids are bad” call-and-response.

Jackson, currently 12th on the all-time list with 563 home runs, does
have reason to be peeved, as he has already been jumped by Barry Bonds,
Sammy Sosa, Mark McGwire, Alex Rodriguez and Rafael Palmeiro in recent
years.

Who’s hot on his heels now? Jim Thome — who has never been
connected to anything, by the way, which needs to be made clear — has
555 career homers while Manny Ramirez has 536.

Astros’ bullpen throws combined one-hitter for MLB-best 30th win

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The Astros’ bullpen did yeoman’s work in place of the injured Dallas Keuchel on Monday against the Tigers. Keuchel is temporarily sidelined with a pinched nerve in his neck.

Brad Peacock made the spot start, limiting the Tigers to one hit and two walks with eight strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. Chris Devenski took over with one out in the fifth, finishing out that inning as well as the sixth and seventh, facing the minimum. Will Harris pitched a perfect eighth and Ken Giles closed out the 1-0 victory in the ninth. Devenski, Harris, and Giles each had two strikeouts.

The Astros scored their only run in the bottom of the first inning as George Springer drew a leadoff walk, then scored on Jose Altuve‘s one-out double. Tigers starter Brad Fulmer pitched well enough to win on most days, giving up the lone run in seven frames.

After Monday’s win, the Astros became the first team to reach 30 wins, sitting on a 30-15 record. With a +55 run differential, even their expected record matches up with their actual record.

Brandon Phillips hit his 200th career home run

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Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.

Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.