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Video: Andrew McCutchen’s 1,000th career hit


Watch as Pirates center fielder Andrew McCutchen collects the 1,000th hit of his career on a sharply-struck infield single Wednesday night against Cubs reliever Edwin Jackson …

1,000 hits isn’t really a notable milestone — over 1,200 players have done it — but it’s impressive how quickly the 28-year-old McCutchen got there. He made his major league debut for the Pirates on June 4, 2009.

David Wright takes live batting practice for the first time since landing on the disabled list

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Adam Rubin of ESPN New York has the update

New York Mets captain David Wright is progressing from a right hamstring strain that sent him to the disabled list on April 15.

A the team’s complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida, Wright took live batting practice Wednesday for the first time since suffering the injury, manager Terry Collins said.

The final hurdle for Wright before he’s cleared for a rehab assignment will be running the bases. He’s been able to do some straight-line jogging, but the veteran third baseman hasn’t tried sharp turns yet on his injured right leg. The hope is that he’ll be ready for activation at some point next week. Wright, 32, was batting .333/.371/.424 in eight games before the injury.

Nelson Cruz hit a 483-foot home run in Texas

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You’re gonna want to see this 483-foot blast that Nelson Cruz hit Wednesday in Arlington …

The ball came off Cruz’s bat at 116 mph, according to MLB’s Statcast data. It was the 19th home run to ever land in the club level at Globe Life Park and Cruz — who played for the Rangers from 2005-2013 — can claim three of those 19. He is tied with Boston’s Hanley Ramirez for the major league lead in home runs at 10.

Brandon McCarthy to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Thursday

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Here’s some bad — but not unexpected — news.

According to beat reporter Ken Gurnick, Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy — who was diagnosed Monday with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow — is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday in Los Angeles. The procedure comes with a 12-15 month recovery timetable, so McCarthy probably won’t be back in the majors until next June or July.

McCarthy signed a four-year, $48 million free agent contract with Los Angeles this past offseason after posting a 4.05 ERA, 1.275 WHIP, and 175/33 K/BB ratio across 200 innings last season for the Diamondbacks and Brewers. The 31-year-old had a 5.87 ERA, 1.217 WHIP, and 29/4 K/BB ratio through 23 innings (four starts) this season with the Dodgers.

McCarthy, a smart, funny dude and one of the few athletes worth following on Twitter, told Pedro Moura of the Orange County Register on Wednesday that he is “taking suggestions for hobbies.”

Video: Giancarlo Stanton smokes an absolute bomb to left off Mets starter Bartolo Colon

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Check out this first-inning, game-tying, two-run no-doubter from Giancarlo Stanton …

Stanton is currently sporting a .980 OPS with six home runs and 20 RBI in 22 games this season.