Mike Trout is first rookie with 25 HR, 40 SB

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In going deep again Tuesday night, Mike Trout became the 33rd player ever and first rookie to hit 25 homers and steal 40 bases in a season.

Trout, who just turned 21 this month, is also the youngest to accomplish the feat.

Trout is one of 10 players with 25 HR-40 SB seasons since 2000:

Vladimir Guerrero – 39 HR, 40 SB in 2002
Alfonso Soriano – 39 HR, 41 SB in 2002
Carlos Beltran – 26 HR, 41 SB in 2003
Bobby Abreu – 30 HR, 40 SB in 2004
Carlos Beltran – 38 HR, 42 SB in 2004
Alfonso Soriano – 46 HR, 41 SB in 2006
Hanley Ramirez – 29 HR, 51 SB in 2007
Jimmy Rollins – 30 HR, 41 SB in 2007
Matt Kemp – 39 HR, 40 SB in 2011
Mike Trout – 25 HR, 41 SB in 2012

Trout won’t get to 40-40 this season, though perhaps he could have had he been on the Angels’ Opening Day roster (the 25 homers have come in 106 games). He does have a real shot of becoming just the third 30-50 guy ever. Eric Davis (37 HR, 50 SB) did it for the Reds in 1987. Barry Bonds (33 HR, 52 SB) accomplished the feat three years later for Pittsburgh.

Twins place Miguel Sano on the 10-day disabled list with shin injury

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The Twins have placed third baseman Miguel Sano on the 10-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his left shin, per the Star Tribune’s LaVelle E. Neal. Sano left Saturday’s game against the Diamondbacks after running out a ground ball double play in the fourth inning and was held out of Sunday’s lineup.

Sano, 24, is batting .267/.356/.514 with 28 home runs and 77 RBI in 475 plate appearances this season. The Twins are five back of the Indians for first place in the AL Central and currently hold a tie with the Angels for the second Wild Card slot.

Ehire Adrianza got the start at third base during Sunday’s win and could handle the hot corner while Sano is out. Eduardo Escobar could also get some time at third.

Buster Posey thinks Hector Neris hit him on purpose

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Giants catcher Buster Posey was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the eighth inning during Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Phillies. It was a first-pitch fastball from closer Hector Neris, who had just entered the game. The Giants then had the bases loaded, but Pablo Sandoval struck out to end the inning and the Giants went on to lose 5-2.

After the game, Posey said he thinks Neris hit him on purpose, per Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. Posey thinks Neris thought he couldn’t get him out.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, Neris said “absolutely not” when asked if he threw at Posey on purpose. The rest of the Phillies clubhouse, per Zolecki, “Say whaaat?!”

Here’s a link to the video of Posey getting hit. Now that we have automatic intentional walks, pitchers don’t even have to risk throwing four pitches wide of the strike zone to intentionally walk a hitter, so if Neris felt he couldn’t get Posey out, there was still no need to hit him. Furthermore, Neris isn’t going to hit Posey to load the bases and put the go-ahead run on first in a 4-2 ballgame. Sandoval has been a much worse hitter than Posey, for sure, but Neris would lose the platoon advantage if he felt like facing Sandoval instead, anyway.

Getting hit hurts, so it’s understandable Posey may have been salty in the moment. But after the game, when the pain has subsided and he’s had time to think over everything, there’s no way Posey should still come to the conclusion that Neris was trying to hit him on purpose.