Brandon Belt cleared to resume baseball activities

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Andrew Baggarly of CSN Bay Area reports that Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has been cleared to resume baseball activities this week. The Giants still aren’t sure if he will be able to return before the end of the season, but they will know more by the end of the week.

Belt suffered a concussion shortly after the All-Star break and was on the disabled list for about two weeks. He returned on August 2 and played in five games before going back on the disabled list with concussion symptoms. Manager Bruce Bochy is pleased with Belt’s progress:

“He’s doing really well,” Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. “We’ll go how he feels. That’s what you’ve got to deal with, and if we can ramp it up, we will without taking any risks.”

Belt has middling numbers over 203 plate appearances this season, sporting a .237/.296/.446 slash line with 11 home runs and 24 RBI. In his stead, the Giants have used a handful of players at first base, including Buster Posey, Travis Ishikawa, Michael Morse, Joaquin Arias, and Adam Duvall.

Pete Alonso sets new NL rookie record with 40th home run

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With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.

Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.

Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.

With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.