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Watch: Eric Thames mashes milestone home run against Reds

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Eric Thames has dominated the Brewers’ offense this season, returning from a three-year stint in Korea Baseball Organization to mash 26 home runs in an expectation-defying performance. While he’s still quite a few dingers shy of league-leader Giancarlo Stanton, he collected his 27th homer of the season against Reds’ right-hander Kevin Shackelford on Saturday, postmarking a 2-1 heater to the top of the left field wall and tying the game 5-5 in the sixth:

The home run not only positioned the Brewers for a win, but marked the 10th blast Thames has delivered against the Reds. Per MLB.com’s Carson Mason, it’s a new franchise record for the most single-season home runs by a Brewers player against any single opponent.

Thames’ record-setting home run was followed by three shutdown innings from both bullpens, during which neither the Reds nor the Brewers were able to capitalize on run-scoring opportunities in the eighth and ninth. They’re currently tied 5-5 in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Rangers will not exercise Mike Napoli’s 2018 option

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The Rangers have informed 1B/DH Mike Napoli the club will not exercise his 2018 option, worth $11 million, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Instead, the Rangers will pay Napoli $2.5 million to buy him out of his contract, making him a free agent.

Napoli, 35, hit a disappointing .193/.285/.428 with 29 home runs and 66 RBI in 485 plate appearances this past season. Given his age and declining production, it’s not shocking that the Rangers want to look elsewhere.

Napoli turns 36 at the end of the month. Given his age and worsening peripheral stats, he will likely have to settle for a one-year deal this offseason.