Mike Stanton owns the Nationals

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Not literally, because that would almost certainly be a conflict of interest.

But figuratively, there is some definite ownage here.  Stanton homered in a second straight game in Washington on Thursday, giving him 24 homers this season and nine career homers against the Nationals.

Those nine homers are give more than he has against any other major league team.  He entered the day with a career .324/.427/.730 line with eight homers, six doubles and 16 RBI in 22 games against the Nationals.

Stanton, who won’t turn 22 until after the season, is up to 46 career homers now.  If he can hit nine more in the second half — which seems like a very good bet — he’ll crack the top 10 all time for homers before age 22:

1. Mel Ott: 86
2. Tony Conigliaro: 84
3. Eddie Mathews: 72
4. Frank Robinson: 67
5. Alex Rodriguez: 64
6. Ken Griffey Jr.: 60
7. Al Kaline: 59
8. Mickey Mantle: 57
9. Bob Horner: 56
10. Ted Williams: 54
10. Andruw Jones: 54

Very possibly, he’ll join the top eight with a group of seven Hall of Famers and a guy in Conigliaro who may well have been that kind of player if not for a beaning.

The Mariners have made an offer to bring back Hisashi Iwakuma

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Hisashi Iwakuma tells the Japan Times that the Mariners have made him an offer to return.

Iwakuma became a free agent earlier this month after the Mariners, not surprisingly, declined his $10 million option for 2018. Iwakuma says that it’s “not a done deal,” but “hopefully I will be able to make a positive announcement soon.”

Iwakuma, who turns 37 early next season, made only six starts in 2017, posting a 4.35 ERA, 3.5 BB/9 and 4.6 SO/9 over 31 innings. He went on the disabled list in May and never returned to action, undergoing arthroscopic debridement surgery in September. He hopes to be recovered fully by spring training.