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Paul Goldschmidt homers three times in D-Backs’ win over Cubs

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Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt provided the bulk of the offense in his team’s 10-8 victory over the Cubs on Thursday. The slugger belted three home runs at Wrigley Field, knocking in a total of six runs over five trips to the plate. He also drew a walk.

Goldschmidt’s first blast opened the scoring in the first inning, a three-run blast off of Jose Quintana. He went yard again in the fifth, a two-run shot that boosted the D-Backs’ lead to 6-1. He tacked on a solo homer in the top of the ninth, breaking an 8-8 tie.

His second homer was an absolute blast, clearing the stands in left field.

Goldschmidt is the ninth player to have a three-homer game this season, joining Yoenis Cespedes, Matt Kemp, Anthony Rendon, Scooter Gennett (four), Eddie Rosario, Corey Seager, Nolan Arenado, and Andrew McCutchen.

After Thursday’s performance, Goldschmidt is hitting .320/.440/.591 with 25 home runs, 85 RBI, 86 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 466 plate appearances. According the FanGraphs, Goldschmidt (5.1) trails only Anthony Rendon (5.3) in Wins Above Replacement in the National League. The NL MVP Award conversation could be very interesting.

Mariners acquire Nick Rumbelow from Yankees

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The Mariners acquired Yankees’ right-hander Nick Rumbelow in exchange for minor league righty Juan Then and left-hander JP Sears, per an official announcement on Saturday. Rumbelow made 17 appearances for the Yankees in 2015 before undergoing Tommy John surgery and could provide some bullpen depth for the Mariners in 2018.

The 26-year-old right-hander spent the majority of his 2017 season in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, where he delivered an 0.62 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 9.3 SO/9 over 29 innings. The Yankees didn’t rush Rumbelow into a full workload after he missed the 2016 season recovering from Tommy John, but he didn’t appear to have any significant setbacks with his health or performance and should be ready to compete for a role next spring.

Sears, 21, was ranked 21st in the Mariners’ organization by MLB Pipeline. He was drafted in the 11th round of the 2017 draft and features a deceptive, low-velocity fastball that he can throw for strikes to either side of the plate. In his first year of pro ball, he split 17 games between Short-Season A Everett and Single-A Clinton, turning in an 0.65 ERA, 3.9 BB/9 and 16.6 SO/9 across two levels.

Then, 17, also completed his first year of pro ball after signing with the Mariners as a free agent. He went 2-2 in 13 games of rookie ball, pitching to a 2.64 ERA, 2.2 BB/9 and 8.2 SO/9 in 61 1/3 innings. Neither Sears nor Then will take the mound for the Yankees anytime soon, and offloading Rumbelow to the Mariners should clear up some room on New York’s 40-man roster as they prepare for the upcoming Rule 5 Draft.