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Evan Longoria hit for the cycle

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Rays third baseman Evan Longoria hit for the cycle on Tuesday night against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Longoria smacked a two-run home run to open the scoring in the top of the first inning, added an RBI triple in the third, and singled in the seventh.

Needing a double for the cycle in the top of the ninth, Longoria hit a line drive to left field. He tried to stretch it into a double and appeared to be thrown out at second base, as Max Fisher threw to shortstop Marwin Gonzalez, who threw to Jose Altuve. However, the ruling on the field was overturned upon replay review, giving Longoria his double and the cycle.

Longoria is the second member of the Rays to hit for the cycle. B.J. Upton accomplished the feat on October 2, 2009 against the Yankees. The last time the Astros allowed a cycle was to the Rangers’ Adrian Beltre on August 3, 2015. Longoria’s cycle is the sixth this season, joining Wil Myers, Trea Turner, Carlos Gomez, Nolan Arenado, and Cody Bellinger.

After Tuesday’s performance, Longoria is batting .276/.328/.469 with 17 home runs, 65 RBI, and 57 runs scored in 461 plate appearances.

Edinson Volquez needs Tommy John surgery

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On Tuesday, Marlins manager Don Mattingly told the media, including Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, that starter Edinson Volquez would miss the rest of the season with a knee injury. The news got worse, as Ken Rosenthal reports that Volquez also needs Tommy John surgery which will likely keep him out for all of 2018.

Volquez, 34, ends his 2017 campaign with a 4.19 ERA and an 81/53 K/BB ratio over 92 1/3 innings. He has thrown the only no-hitter of the season to date, blanking the Diamondbacks on June 3.

Volquez signed a two-year, $22 million contract with the Marlins last November and he’s owed $13 million next season.

Jon Lester homers, reaches 2,000 career strikeouts

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Cubs starter Jon Lester became the 82nd pitcher in baseball history to record 2,000 career strikeouts, punching out Jack Reinheimer to end the top of the fourth inning during Tuesday’s game at Wrigley Field. Lester is the 25th left-hander to accomplish the feat.

Lester also joined Max Scherzer as pitchers who hit their first career home runs on Tuesday night. Lester’s shot came with a runner on base on a 2-2 count facing Patrick Corbin.

Lester entered the start 8-6 with a 3.88 ERA and a 130/39 K/BB ratio over 130 innings. At the plate, Lester had taken 234 plate appearances entering Tuesday night without a home run.