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Watch: Matt Olson enters elite company with his 20th home run

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When we think of Giancarlo Stanton‘s peers, names like Aaron Judge, Mike Trout and Cody Bellinger rise to the top of the list. As it turns out, Athletics’ rookie slugger Matt Olson has something in common with him, too. On Saturday, the 23-year-old cranked his 20th home run of the season, marking the first time in at seven years that a hitter has managed 20+ home runs at both the minor and major league level in the same season. The last to do it? Stanton, circa 2010.

Olson’s record-tying knock arrived first thing in the second inning. He clubbed a 2-2 curveball off of Phillies’ right-hander Ben Lively, sending it 360 feet into the right field corner to give the A’s their first lead of the night.

On Friday, when Olson collected his 19th blast, FanRag Sports’ Melissa Lockard noticed a key improvement in the infielder’s swing. Not surprisingly, it’s one that appears to have facilitated his recent surge at the plate:

Beaten by fastballs during his big league stint, Olson worked with Oakland hitting coaches to make a change with his setup at the plate. The tweak was designed to get his bat to the ball quicker without giving up the power his swing generates. The adjustment, which involved lowering his hands, has made a significant difference for Olson this season.

Pending Saturday’s results, there are only 14 games left in the regular season, which still gives Olson plenty of time to eclipse Stanton’s record of 21 minor league homers and 22 major league homers. With 23 minor league knocks already under his belt, he’ll need just three major league home runs to set a new benchmark — that is, if Phillies’ wunderkind Rhys Hoskins (29 minor league HR, 18 major league HR) doesn’t get there first.

Report: Orioles interested in Lance Lynn

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The Orioles singlehandedly kept the rumor mill churning this weekend. MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club is interested in making a play for free agent right-hander Lance Lynn, adding him to a list of potential candidates that also includes free agent righty Alex Cobb. The two are expected to command similar contracts in free agency, but Morosi notes that the Orioles may prefer Cobb based on his familiarity with the AL East.

Lynn, 30, is two years removed from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. Despite missing the 2016 season, he bounced back with a respectable 11-8 record in 33 starts and complemented his efforts with a 3.43 ERA, 3.8 BB/9 and 7.4 SO/9 over 186 1/3 innings for the 2017 Cardinals. He lost several days with a blister on his pitching hand in early September, but managed to avoid any major injuries and can reasonably be expected to shoulder another heavy workload in 2018.

Lynn may not be the Orioles’ first choice to beef up their starting rotation, but there’s no doubt that he’ll be in high demand as one of very few viable starters on the market this winter. The veteran righty rejected his one-year, $17.4 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals on Thursday and will likely be seeking a multi-year contract, one that Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch estimates around five years and $100+ million. If the Orioles are willing to bite that bullet, they’ll still need to compensate the Cardinals with their third pick in next year’s draft.